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Beat Hess

Beat Hess

Chairman's and Corporate Governance Committee
Compensation Committee (Chairman)


Elected to the Board 2008

Date of birth: 1949
Nationality: Swiss


  • 2003 - January 2011 Royal Dutch Shell plc, The Hague (The Netherlands)
    Group Legal Director, Member of the Group Executive Committee
  • 1988 - 2003 ABB Ltd, Zurich (Switzerland)
    Senior Group Officer, General Counsel and Secretary
  • 1977 - 1988 BBC Brown Boveri Ltd, Baden (Switzerland)
    Legal Counsel (promoted to General Counsel in 1986)
  • 1973 - 1975 During and after post-graduate education. Various positions in Swiss courts and government agencies as clerk and legal advisor


  • 1975 Admitted to the Swiss Bar
  • 1976 - 1977 Continuation of legal education at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. (Ph.D)
  • 1975 - 1976 Continuation of legal education at the University of Miami, School of Law, United States of America. (LL.M)
  • 1972 - 1974 Continuation of legal education at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Gained a "Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures en Droit"
  • 1969 - 1972 Studies of law at the University of Geneva, Switzerland Graduated with a "License en Droit"


  • Chairman of LafargeHolcim Ltd (CH)
  • Vice Chairman of Sonova Holding AG (CH)
  • Member of the Curatorium of The Hague Academy of International Law

Honors and awards

  • Institute of International Education (United Nations) 1975 Fellowship Award for Outstanding Academic Achievements