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Routs received a Masters of Chemical Engineering degree from the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands in 1969. Following a research assignment at the University of Stockholm medical facility, he returned to the Technical University of Eindhoven, where he obtained a Ph.D. in Technical Sciences in 1971.
He has held a number of positions at Shell including Exploration and Production, Montreal Refinery, Scotford Refinery, Vice President Manufacturing and Distribution Shell Canada, President Shell Canada Oil Products, Head Shell International Research and Technology Services Group Oil Products, Chief Executive Equilon. After Shell acquired Texaco's ownership in Equilon he became the President and CEO of Shell Oil Products US. He was also President of Shell Oil Company US and country Chair Shell US.
Routs became a Group Managing Director and joined the Committee of Managing Directors (now replaced by the Executive Committee) in July 2003. He was named Executive Director Shell Downstream Business in 2004. He retired from this position and as a Group Managing Director and member of the executive committee of Shell at the end of 2008. He was succeeded by Mark Williams who reported to Routs as Executive Vice President of Supply and Distribution.
In December 2010, he was appointed to the Board of Directors for AECOM . He will join the AECOM Board's Audit, Nominating and Governance as well as its Planning, Finance and Investments committees .
Routs and his wife, Janicke, have one son and five daughters. His personal interests are opera, theatre, and tennis. He speaks English, Dutch, French, German and, to a lesser degree, Swedish and Italian.
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