Henri Deterding

Henri Deterding - global oil industry and the nation-states...

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Brent Mansingh Fred Thurber September 29, 2007 Henri Deterding’s Relevance to Petroleum Engineering Sir Henri Deterding is often referred to as “the most powerful man in the world.” If someone is referred to as the most powerful man in the world, he or she must have done something pretty substantial to be addressed in such a profound and robust fashion. Henri Deterding started out as a manager of the territory east of Singapore for the struggling Royal Dutch Petroleum Company. Deterding did not remain here long, as he flew to the top of a flourishing company after Royal Dutch merged with Shell Transport and Trading Company. For 30 years Deterding was at the center of operations for almost every major decision affecting the
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Unformatted text preview: global oil industry and the nation-states that produced, refined, or depended on that oil, thus in turn making him, one of the most powerful men in history. Henri Deterding was made honorary KBE in 1920 for service to Anglo/Dutch relations, but mainly for his work supplying Allies with petroleum during WWI. Henri Deterding was also responsible for developing the tanker fleet that let Royal Dutch to compete with other companies. Deterding also led to the purchase of Azerbaijan oil fields from the Rothschild family in 1911. After discussing terms with the Nazi party in 1936, he was later removed from the companys board the following year. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Deterding...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course EDCI 2001 taught by Professor Beckers during the Spring '07 term at LSU.

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