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Dr Jeroen van der Veer

Dr Jeroen van der Veer

Experienced Chairman: AEX, AEX MID-CAP, BEL-20 INSTITUTIONAL, Euro Stoxx 50, EURONEXT 100, Public Sector
Experienced CEO: Public Sector

  • 28 years of international senior leadership experience
  • Multi-industry knowledge in maritime infrastructure, oil and gas, banking, insurance, diversified industrials, health technology, consumer goods
  • Experience as Audit Committee Chair/member, Compensation Committee member, CSR Committee member, Governance Committee member, Nomination Committee member, Risk Committee member
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Current Positions

Dr Jeroen van der Veer is Chairman of Koninklijke Philips N.V. and Boskalis Westminster Group. He is Deputy Chair of Equinor ASA (previously Statoil ASA).

Industry Knowledge

Jeroen was previously CEO of Royal Dutch Shell plc, Chairman of ING Groep N.V. and Vice Chairman of Unilever. He was also a Supervisory Board member of the Dutch Central Bank.

He spent the main part of his career with Shell in a variety of roles including Managing Director of Shell Nederland BV, President/CEO of Shell Chemicals Co., Group MD for Royal Dutch Shell Group and subsequently CEO of Royal Dutch Shell N.V./plc. 

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Jan du Plessis

Jan du Plessis

Jan du Plessis is currently Chairman of BT Group plc. He was previously Chairman of Rio Tinto, SABMiller, British American Tobacco and RHM; non-executive director and chair of the Audit Committee of Lloyds Banking Group and Senior Independent Director of the retailer Marks & Spencer.

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Philippe Varin CBE

Philippe Varin CBE

Philippe Varin is the Chairman of Suez, a world’s leading environmental company dedicated to water and waste management, Chairman of France Industrie and Vice Chairman of the Conseil National de l’Industrie. He is also an Independent Director on the Boards of Compagnie de Saint-Gobain SA, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and Saint Joseph Paris Hospital.

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Dr André Lévy-Lang

Dr André Lévy-Lang

Dr André Lévy-Lang was previously CEO of Paribas Group, Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Rothschild & Co, a member of the Executive Board of the French Banks Association and Chairman of the Finance Committee of the French Employers Association. He is currently Chairman of Les Echos SAS, Board member of Rothschild Martin Maurel and the Institut Français des Relations Internationales. 

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Sir Richard Sykes

Sir Richard Sykes

Sir Richard Sykes was previously the Chairman and Chief Executive of GlaxoSmithKline. He currently serves as Chairman of The Royal Institution of Great Britain, Chairman of King Edward VII’s Hospital and Chairman for Omnicyte Ltd.  Sir Richard is also Chairman of The UK Stem Cell Foundation and on the International Advisory Board, of A*Star Biomedical Research Council, Singapore and Chancellor of Brunel University.

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