| John Loudon |
|Born||John Hugo Loudon|
June 27, 1905
The Hague, Netherlands
|Died||February 4, 1996 (Age 90)|
|Alma mater||Utrecht University|
|Member of||The 1001 Club|
Born in The Hague, Netherlands, the son of former Shell president Hugo Loudon, John Hugo Loudon got a law degree at Utrecht University. He joined the company in 1930, working in the oilfields of Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela.
He was Chairman of the Royal Dutch Shell Group for fourteen years when it became one of the world's largest oil companies and guided it through times of turmoil in the Middle East and the Suez Crisis in 1956. He increased Shell's influence despite growing Arab nationalism during the early 1960s.
As Chairman, he tried to prevent discrimination between nationals and non-nationals in the work force. In May 1960, he was featured on Time magazine's cover. He resigned as the CEO of Shell in 1965 and continued to serve the company as chairman of the board of supervisory directors for the next 11 years.
Loudon became President of the president of World Wide Fund for Nature in 1977 and served as president until 1981.
Loudon spoke five languages and was a member of the Royal yacht Squadron.
Events Participated in
|Bilderberg/1965||2 April 1965||4 April 1965||Italy|
|The 14th Bilderberg meeting, held in Italy|
|Bilderberg/1972||21 April 1972||23 April 1972||Belgium|
Hotel La Reserve
|The 21st Bilderberg, 102 guests. It spawned the Trilateral Commission.|