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Jeroen van der Veer

Chairman, Philips Electronics and Chairman, ING Group

Jeroen van der Veer is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Philips Electronics (since 2011) and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the global banking group ING Group (since 2011). Prior, he was Vice-Chairman and Senior Independent Director of Unilever and the former CEO of Royal Dutch Shell. He is a leading authority on international business, energy, leadership and management, and his advice is widely sought by a range of industries.

He held various positions during his 42 years of service with Royal Dutch Shell, and managed foreign posts in a number of key markets around the world.  

Van der Veer became a Managing Director of Shell Nederland in 1992. He led major restructuring initiatives, including a $2 billion upgrade of the Pernis refinery. In 1995, he moved to the United States as President and Chief Executive of Shell Chemical, and was appointed Group Managing Director in 1997. Chemicals remained one of his areas of responsibility and he oversaw the world-wide restructuring of the business.

He took over as Chairman of the Committee of Managing Directors of Royal Dutch Petroleum Company and Shell Transport and Trading in 2004. Following the unification of these two companies into Royal Dutch Shell, he was appointed the Chief Executive of the new company, a position he held until he retired in June 2009. Van der Veer led Shell through major changes, simplifying governance and organization, while clarifying accountabilities.

He was a Supervisory Board Member of the Dutch Central Bank, and World President of the Society of Chemical Industry (2002-04). Appointed Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee of World Business Council for Sustainable Development (2006-09), he was also Vice-Chairman of a group of experts who advised on a new strategic concept for NATO (2009-10). In 2012, he was appointed Chairman of New Energy Architecture WEF (World Economic Forum), a Member of the Executive Committee of the Governing Board of the EIT (European Institute of Technology).

Majid Ghassemi