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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 NV 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 NV 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 NV/plc. 

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Dame Clara Furse

Dame Clara Furse

Dame Clara Furse is Chairman of HSBC UK plc and a Non-Executive Director of Vodafone Group plc and Amadeus IT Group SA. She is also a member of the Panel of Senior Advisors to Chatham House, and a member of Bocconi University’s International Advisory Council.

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Sidney Taurel

Sidney Taurel

Sidney Taurel is the current Chairman of Pearson plc, the world’s largest publishing and education company. He is also a Board Director and Chairman of the Compensation Committee at IBM Corporation, Chairman Emeritus at Eli Lilly & Co and an Advisory Board member of the Spanish pharmaceutical company Almirall SA.

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Claudio Costamagna

Claudio Costamagna

Claudio Costamagna is Executive Chairman of CC & Soci and he sits on the Board of FTI Consulting, a business advisory group listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and three Italian private companies: Italiana Petroli SpA, Finarvedi SpA, holding company of the Arvedi Group and Salini Costruttori SpA, holding company of the Italian industrial group Webuild.

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Dr Chris Gibson-Smith CBE

Dr Chris Gibson-Smith CBE

Dr Chris Gibson-Smith is Vice Chairman of UBS Investment Bank. Chris brings 50 years of business experience across a wide range of industries. He was Chairman of the London Stock Exchange plc, Chairman of the UK’s National Air Traffic Services, Chairman of The British Land Company plc, Chairman of Partnership Assurance plc, and Chairman of Just Group plc.

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