Albert Alexander Holst


Lex Holst worked for Shell International for almost 35 years. His life-long career brought him into senior positions around the world, in Shell’s global operational activities, as well as in its corporate organization.  Prior to his retirement in September 2008, he was Group Vice President Sustainable Development, HSE and Social Performance, and then Group Vice President Strategic Projects in the Corporate Center of Royal Dutch Shell plc. In this last position he lead a special project, focusing on the identification, avoidance and mitigation of issues and risks, connected with the environmental and social impacts of Shell’s mega projects and operations, as these develop largely in so-called new frontier areas, and in increasingly sensitive environments and communities.  For this purpose he initiated the establishment of partnership agreements with leading environmental and social NGOs.  Prior to these corporate roles, he served in senior positions in Shell’s global Downstream Refining and Supply Business, in Latin America, the Far East and Germany, in London as Head of Strategy in Shell Chemicals, and as Vice President Refining, Chemicals and Supply and Distribution for Shell Global Solutions in Amsterdam. 

Since his retirement Mr. Holst works as an independent consultant and as subject matter expert for HCSS, The Hague Center for Strategic Studies in the Netherlands.  He is a member of the Board of EABIS, the European Academy for Business in Society in Brussels, with a special focus on global governance and regulatory frameworks.

Mr. Holst is a citizen of the Netherlands, where he now lives.  He grew up in the Far East, where he also later worked for Shell.  He is married, the father of three grown-up children and his wife and he have recently become grandparents.  Mr. Holst is a physicist from Delft University in the Netherlands.  He has a keen interest in oriental art, music and reading, and now has much more time for serious golf, skiing and rowing.