|Minister of Economic Affairs|
22 August 1994 – 3 August 1998
|Prime Minister||Wim Kok|
|Preceded by||Koos Andriessen|
|Succeeded by||Annemarie Jorritsma|
11 January 1951
|Political party||Democrats 66|
|Domestic partner||Edith Sijmons|
|Alma mater||University of Groningen
Gerardus Johannes (Hans) Wijers (born 11 January 1951) is the former CEO of AkzoNobel. He is currently member of the Supervisory Board of Heineken NV, and will become Chairman in 2013. From 1994 until 1998 he was a minister of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands for the liberal democrats party D66.
After secondary school at Hogere burgerschool (HBS-B) level, Wijers studied Economics at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, where he graduated in 1976. As assistant professor, he taught Economics at the Erasmus University, and in 1982 received a doctorate for his research in "Industrial politics: the design of governmental policy for industrial sectors".
From 1982 till 1984, Wijers worked as a civil servant at the ministry of Social Affairs and Labour and later at the ministry of Economic Affairs. Subsequently, he became a management consultant at The Boston Consulting Group for, among others, Bakkenist, Spits & Co.
As minister of Economic affairs from 1994 onward, he was responsible for the law change regarding the extending of shop opening hours, and the coined the Competition Regulation law. A short period he was interim minister of Finance, during illness of Gerrit Zalm, the minister at the time. Wijers completed one full four-year period of the Dutch ministerial cabinet until 1998. Then he chose to continue his career in consultancy, where he became senior vice president of the Boston Consulting Group. As a secondary job from 1999 until 2003, Wijers also was president of the Dutch tributary of the World Wildlife Fund.
From May 2003, he was the president of the Board of Management of AkzoNobel; Former Sulzer AG CEO Ton Büchner has succeeded him on 23 April 2012. Additional to his work for AkzoNobel, Wijers is non-executive director at Royal Dutch Shell, Chairman of the supervisory board of AFC Ajax, Chairman of the Oranje Fonds and the Ubbo Emmius Fund Foundation at the University of Groningen. He is also active for the Concertgebouw, the Young Pianist Foundation and the European Round Table of Industrialists.
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