Born January 11, 1951. A Dutch national, appointed a Non-executive Director of the Company with effect from January 2009.
Until April 2012 he was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Management of Akzo Nobel N.V., a position he had held since 2003.
He obtained a PhD in economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam while teaching there.
Later, he became Managing Partner of The Boston Consulting Group.
He served as Dutch Minister for Economic Affairs from 1994 to 1998, after which he returned to The Boston Consulting Group as Senior Partner until his appointment as a Board member of Akzo Nobel N.V. in 2002.
He is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of AFC Ajax N.V., Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Heineken N.V., and a trustee of various charities.
In January 2013, he was appointed a Non-executive Director of GlaxoSmithKline plc with effect from April 1, 2013.
Apr 1, 2013
Chairman of the Board / CEO
2003 - Apr, 2012
1998 - Jan, 2002
Dutch Minister for Economic Affairs
1994 - Jan, 1998
Chairman of the Supervisory Board - Heineken N.V.