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Shell appoints John Abbott as new downstream head

LONDON (Reuters) - Europe's biggest oil company Shell (LSE:RDSA) said on Thursday it had appointed John Abbott as downstream director and he would join the company's executive committee.

Abbott, whose new position takes effect from October 1, takes over the downstream role from Ben van Beurden who will become Shell's new chief executive from January 1 next year.

(Reporting by Sarah Young)