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Dr Rob Routs

Dr Rob Routs

Experienced Chairman: AEX, EURONEXT 100, Public Sector
Experienced CEO: Private Sector

  • 17 years of international senior leadership experience
  • Multi-industry knowledge in chemicals, energy, oil and gas, renewables 
  • Experience as Audit Committee member, Compensation Committee member, Governance Committee member, Nomination Committee member, Risk Committee member, Safety Committee member, Sustainability Committee member
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Current Positions

Dr Rob Routs is Chairman of Royal DSM N.V., Non-Executive Director of ATCO Ltd and AECOM.

Rob is Emeritus Member of the Economic Development Board of Singapore International Advisory Council.

Industry Knowledge

Rob has substantial experience in the refining and chemical industry with a strong focus on operational safety and sustainable operations to reduce the industry’s impact on the environment.

Rob has spent most of his working life with Royal Dutch Shell Group and during his career he was responsible for the global refining, chemical, marketing, trading and renewable businesses. 

Rob became President and CEO of Shell Canada Products Ltd in 1996 and transferred three years later to The Hague to lead Shell International’s Research and Technology Services Group. After Shell acquired Texaco’s ownership in Equilon Enterprises LLC in Houston in 2002, he became the President and CEO of Shell Oil Products US and was appointed Executive Director Downstream and a member of the Board of Royal Dutch Shell in 2004. 

He added direct accountability for oil sands mining and coordinated the Group’s climate change and alternative fuel initiatives. He retired from the position as a Group Executive Director and member of the Executive Committee of Shell at the end of 2008 to start his NED career.

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Sir Winfried (Win) Bischoff

Sir Winfried (Win) Bischoff

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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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Peter Voser

Peter Voser

Peter Voser is Chairman of ABB Limited, a global leader in power and automation technologies. He is also Group Chairman of PSA International Pte (formerly known as Port of Singapore Authority), a global leader in port operations and an Independent Director of IBM Corporation and Temasek Holdings Pte Limited.

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