John Loudon

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BornJohn Hugo Loudon
June 27, 1905
The Hague, Netherlands
DiedFebruary 4, 1996 (Age 90)
Haarlem, Netherlands
Alma materUtrecht University
Member ofThe 1001 Club
Anglo/Dutch CEO of Shell, and close friend with David Rockefeller. Attended the 1962, 1965, 1975 Bilderbergs.

Employment.png Shell/CEO

In office
1952 - 1965
Succeeded byBertus Brouwer

Jonkheer John Hugo Loudon Jonkheer John Hugo Loudon KBE was the CEO of Royal Dutch Shell from 1952 to 1965 and the president of World Wide Fund for Nature.

Early life

Born in The Hague, Netherlands, the son of former Shell president Hugo Loudon, John Hugo Loudon got a law degree at Utrecht University.[1] He joined the company in 1930, working in the oilfields of Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela.[2]


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.[3] In May 1960, he was featured on Time magazine's cover.[1][4] 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.[1]

He also had close friendships with business tycoons such as David Rockefeller and Henry Ford II.[5]

Following his role with Shell, Loudon was appointed the chairman of an international business advisory committee at Chase Bank by David Rockefeller. Loudon retired from this role in 1977.[3]

Loudon became President of the president of World Wide Fund for Nature in 1977 and served as president until 1981.

Personal life

In 1931 he married Marie van Tuyll van Serooskerken who became lady in waiting to Queen Wilhelmina and with whom he had four children. Later he married Charlotte Van Sminia.[6]

Loudon spoke five languages and was a member of the Royal yacht Squadron.[3]


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/19652 April 19654 April 1965Italy
Villa d'Este
The 14th Bilderberg meeting, held in Italy
Bilderberg/197221 April 197223 April 1972Belgium
Hotel La Reserve
The 21st Bilderberg, 102 guests. It spawned the Trilateral Commission.