Jeroen van der Veer

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Jeroen van der Veer at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in 2009

Jeroen van der Veer (born 27 October 1947 in Utrecht, Netherlands) is the former CEO of the petroleum corporation Royal Dutch Shell until 30 June 2009.

Life and work[edit]


Van der Veer graduated in 1971 from the Delft University of Technology with an engineer's degree in mechanical engineering under Jan in 't Veld and went on to earn an MSc degree in economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam. In 2005 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria.


Van der Veer joined Shell in 1971 and worked in manufacturing and marketing in the Netherlands, Curaçao and the United Kingdom. In March 2007 it was announced that Mr. van der Veer's contract as CEO would be extended to June 2009 some twenty months beyond his normal retirement date of October 2007.[1] He was the first executive director of Shell to stay in office beyond the age of 60. He retired as Chief Executive of Royal Dutch Shell June 2009, and remains on the Board of Directors. He also is a non-executive director of Unilever[2] and chairman of Platform Bèta Techniek (which organized the 2010 Science & Technology Summit in The Hague, which had Neil Armstrong and Steve Wozniak as keynote speakers, an event which Van der Veer headlined).

In October 2015, van der Veer was appointed Honorary Global Chairman of London Speaker Bureau, with whom he is also a speaker.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Jeroen van der Veer is married to Mariette and has three daughters.


A Royal honour was conferred upon Jeroen van der Veer to mark his retirement in 2009. He has been appointed by the Queen of the Netherlands as a Commander in the Order of Orange-Nassau. In 2010 Jeroen van der Veer was presented with Singapore’s Honorary Citizen Award by President S.R. Nathan at a ceremony held in Singapore on 25 February 2010.[4] The Honorary Citizen Award is the highest form of recognition for outstanding contributions to the country’s growth and development.


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