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Feike Sijbesma

Feike Sijbesma

Experienced Chair: AEX, Euronext 100, Public Sector, Private Sector
Experienced CEO: Public Sector

  • Over 30 years of international executive and senior leadership experience
  • Multi-industry knowledge in food, nutrition, feed-ingredients/processing, (bio)chemicals, diversified industrials, health, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology and renewable energy
  • Experience as CEO, as a Chair, Nominating Committee Chair, Corporate Governance Committee member, Corporate Responsibility Committee member
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Current Positions

Feike Sijbesma is Honorary Chairman of Royal DSM, where he was CEO from 2007 to 2020. He is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Royal Philips, Non-Executive Director at Unilever and a member of the Supervisory Board of the Dutch Central Bank.

Industry Knowledge

Feike served for 20 years on the Managing Board of Royal DSM, including 13 years as CEO. Under his leadership, DSM transformed from a bulk-chemical company into a global leading life-sciences and material-sciences company, focused on Nutrition, Health and Sustainable living.

He has proven at DSM that sustainability is not only a key responsibility but also a core value and a main business driver. By always being connected and taking accountability for world challenges, like climate change, food and poverty, Feike became a leader who is highly respected and trusted globally by both business, NGO’s and governments.

Besides his Board roles for multinationals, Feike currently holds many other influential roles, including Co-Chairman of the Global Centre on Climate Adaptation, together with Ban Ki-moon, former 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, member of the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum and Co-Chairman of the Business Network for Scaling Up Nutrition at the UN.

Feike studied medical molecular biology at the University of Utrecht and business administration at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Feike is a recipient of several awards, as the Humanitarian of the Year Award & Leaders of Change Award presented by the United Nations; he received an honorary doctorate from Maastricht and Groningen University, Netherlands; he was listed by Fortune on the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders, and by Harvard Business Review as World’s 100 most successful CEO’s. He also received the Courage to Lead Award from the World Resources Institute.

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