Philip B. Watts was Chairman of The "Shell" Transport and Trading Company p.l.c. and of the Committee of Managing Directors of the Shell Group 2001-2004. He was a Managing Director of Shell Transport and a Shell Group Managing Director since 1997.
His functional and geographical responsibilities as a Shell Group Managing Director are Finance; Human Resources; Legal; Planning, Environment and External Affairs; and the United States. He joined Shell in 1969 and worked in Indonesia, the UK, Norway and the Netherlands. In 1991 he went to Lagos as Chairman and Managing Director of the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria, returning to The Hague as Regional Co-ordinator, Europe, in 1994. From the beginning of 1996 until becoming a Managing Director, he was Director of Planning, Environment and External Affairs for Shell International in London.