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Feike Sijbesma

Feike Sijbesma

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

  • 25 years of international senior leadership experience
  • Multi-industry knowledge in food, nutrition, and feed-ingredients/processing, (bio)chemicals, diversified industrials, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, renewable energy
  • Experience as an Appointments and Nominating Committee Chair, Remuneration Committee Chair, Corporate Governance Committee member, Corporate Responsibility Committee Chair and member
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Current Positions

Feike Sijbesma is Honorary Chairman of Royal DSM, where he has been CEO from 2007 until 2020. He is Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Royal Philips, Non-Executive Director at Unilever and Member of the Supervisory Board of the Dutch Central Bank.

Industry Knowledge

Feike Sijbesma served for 20 years on the Management Board of DSM, of which 13 years as its CEO. Under his leadership, DSM transformed from a bulk chemical company into a global leading Life Sciences and Material Sciences company. 

He has proved at DSM that sustainability is not only a key responsibility but also a core value and a main business driver. By always being concerned and taking accountability for worlds’ challenges like climate change, food and poverty, Feike Sijbesma became a highly appreciated and trusted leader globally, for both business and governments. 

Besides his Board roles for multinationals, he currently holds many other influential roles including Co-Chairman of the Global Centre on Climate Adaptation, together with Ban Ki-Moon, former 8th Secretary General of the United Nations. He is a designated Global Climate Leader of the World Bank, Member of the Advisory Council of the IMF in Washington, Member of the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum and Chairman of the Business Network of Scaling Up Nutrition of the UN. 

Feike Sijbesma studied both medical (molecular) biology at the University of Utrecht as well as business administration at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, where he was honoured by the Most Distinguished Alumni Award (2009).

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