Jeroen van der Veer

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Jeroen van der Veer (2015)

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.

He currently serves as Chairman of Philips.[1]

Life and work[edit]

Education[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, where he had been teaching assistant with prof Pierre Malotaux.[2] He 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.

Career[edit]

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.[3] 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[4] 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 2009, Van der Veer was appointed member of the Supervisory Board of Philips. He works directly with Hugo Barbosa Vazquez on market analysis and forecasting activities across all Philips businesses (Consumer Lifestyle, Healthcare and Lighting) and geographies.

In October 2015, van der Veer was appointed Honorary Global Chairman of London Speaker Bureau, with whom he is also a speaker.[5]

Personal life[edit]

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

Honours[edit]

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.[6] The Honorary Citizen Award is the highest form of recognition for outstanding contributions to the country’s growth and development.

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.philips.com/a-w/about/company/our-management/supervisory-board.html
  2. ^ "Jeroen van der Veer: Een tikje tegendraads," in FEM Business, nr. 6, 2001.
  3. ^ Retirement announcement
  4. ^ Biographies of Simon Henry, Lord Kerr of Kinlochard GCMG, Wim Kok, Nick Land, Jorma Ollila, Jeroen van der Veer and Hans Wijers[permanent dead link]. Retrieved 14 July 2009.
  5. ^ "London Speaker Bureau".
  6. ^ Singapore Confers Prestigious Honorary Citizen Award on Retired chief executive of Shell

External links[edit]

Business positions
Preceded by
Philip Watts
Chairman of the Committee of Managing Directors
of Royal Dutch Shell

2004–2005
Succeeded by
position of CEO of Royal Dutch Shell created
Preceded by
position of CEO of Royal Dutch Shell created
Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell
2005–2009
Succeeded by
Peter Voser
Preceded by
Maarten van den Bergh
President-Director of Royal Dutch Petroleum Company
2000–2005
Succeeded by
Position dissolved July 2005
responsibilities split between
CEO Royal Dutch Shell:
Jeroen van der Veer; and
Chairman (Non-Exec) Royal Dutch Shell:
Aad Jacobs