Royal Dutch Petroleum Company Makes Directorate Change

The Supervisory Board and the Board of Management of N.V. Koninklijke Nederlandsche Petroleum Maatschappij (Royal Dutch Petroleum Company) announce that at the General Meeting of Shareholders of the Company to be held on 28th June 2004, it will be proposed that Ms L.Z. Cook be appointed a Managing Director of the Company with effect from August 1, 2004.

It is the intention that after her appointment as a Managing Director of the Company, Ms Cook be appointed a member of the Presidium of the Board of Directors of Shell Petroleum N.V., and a Managing Director of The Shell Petroleum Company Limited with effect from August 1, 2004, thereby becoming a Group Managing Director of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of Companies.

Linda Cook, who is of US nationality, was born in Kansas City, USA, in 1958. She joined Shell Oil Company in Houston, USA, in 1980, having graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Petroleum Engineering.

Ms Cook worked for Shell Oil Company in Houston and California in a variety of technical and managerial positions until 1998 when she moved to The Hague. There she became Director Strategy and Business Development on the Shell Exploration and Production Global Executive Committee. In 2000 Ms Cook was appointed Chief Executive Officer for Shell Gas & Power in London. She became President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Shell Canada Limited in Canada in 2003. Ms Cook is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Boeing Company.