Aart Jan de Geus
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
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.
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. He left his ministerial position on 20 February that year and assumed his OECD duties on 5 March.
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