Analyst Views | What do you make of Shell's new chief executive?

 
Elizabeth Fournier

PETER HUTTON RBC CAPITAL MARKETS
This will be something of a surprise to analysts who widely expected CFO Simon Henry to get the top position. However, it was always clear that Shell would appoint the person it felt had the best combination of skills for the job, not necessarily the best known to the external community.

RAHIM KARIM BARCLAYS
Whilst this announcement has come as a bit of a surprise, we believe that Mr Van Beurden’s experience places him well to guide the company through the key strategic challenges it faces ... the market is likely to have to wait till next year to fully understand his strategy for the group.

PAUL KAVANAGH KILLIK & CO
The selection came after a comprehensive assessment and review of internal and external candidates. We do not expect the appointment to signal a change in the group’s current strategy to generate competitive returns for shareholders.