Aart Jan de Geus

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Aart Jan de Geus (2012)

Aart Jan de Geus (born 28 July 1955 in Doorn) is chairman of the board of the Bertelsmann Foundation. Previously, he was deputy secretary-general of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris. He is a CDA Dutch politician and was the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment of the Netherlands in the first, second and third cabinet Balkenende.

Personal Life and Career[edit]

De Geus received his propaedeuse in accounting in 1975. He then studied Dutch law at the Erasmus University, followed by postdoctoral studies at the Catholic University of Nijmegen.[1]

From 1980, de Geus worked for the Federation of Christian Trade Unions (CNV). In 1993 he became a vice-chairman, with a portfolio including social security, pensions, public health and public works. In this capacity he also became a member of the Dutch Social-Economic Council. In 1998, he was made a partner in the consulting firm Boer & Croon.

Political career[edit]

On 22 July 2002 de Geus became Minister of Social Affairs and Employment in the Balkenende I cabinet. On 16 October he took over the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport. He was renamed Minister of Social Affairs and Employment in the Balkenende II Cabinet.

On 6 February 2007 it became known that de Geus did not plan on returning in the new cabinet and would likely become a Deputy Secretary General of the OECD.[2] He left his ministerial position on 20 February that year and assumed his OECD duties on 5 March.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Parlement & Politiek, [1] (in Dutch)
  2. ^ CDA, “Van Bijsterveldt feliciteert De Geus” "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2008-01-24.  (in Dutch)
  3. ^ Algemeen Dagsblad, “Overstap De Geus naar OESO definitief” [2] (in Dutch)
Preceded by
Willem Vermeend
Minister of Social Affairs and Employment of the Netherlands
2002–2007
Succeeded by
Piet Hein Donner