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Feike Sijbesma

Member of the Board since July 2000, and Chairman since May 2007

Feike Sijbesma (Dutch, male, 1959) studied medical (molecular) biology at the Utrecht University (The Netherlands) and business administration at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam (The Netherlands).
Feike Sijbesma

In 1987, he joined the Industrial Pharmaceuticals division of Royal Gist-brocades NV, where he was responsible for strategic planning and business development. From 1990 to 1993, he was appointed the division’s Marketing & Sales Director. Thereafter (1993) he was given leadership of Savory Ingredients, later on a business unit of Gist-brocades’ Food Specialties Division. In 1995, he was made director of that division and joined the Gist-brocades’ Executive Committee. Following the acquisition by DSM in 1998, he became Director of the business group DSM Food Specialties.

In 2000, Sijbesma joined the Managing Board of DSM, responsible for the food and pharma activities. In 2002 and 2003 he led the acquisition of the vitamins & fine chemicals division of the Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche. In subsequent years, he led from Basel (Switzerland) the integration of this division into DSM, in addition to his other responsibilities as a member of the Managing Board. Since 2007, Feike Sijbesma is the CEO of DSM.

Feike Sijbesma has transformed DSM and its portfolio through various divestments and acquisitions. Under his leadership, DSM repositioned itself from a chemical company into a Life Sciences & Materials Sciences company, focusing on health, nutrition & materials, expressed in a new brand of which "Bright Science. Brighter Living" forms the core. Feike Sijbesma sees sustainability as both a responsibility and a business driver. Feike Sijbesma has given purpose to the company by the DSM's involvement in amongst other things malnutrition and climate change. He also considers it important for business to have more women in the top and he sees diversity as increasingly important for DSM as an innovative company. He is committed to develop science as a bases for innovation in order to create brighter lives for people today and generations to come. Feike Sijbesma is married and has two sons.

Current position

  • 2007 - present: CEO Royal DSM

Current board positions

  • 2012 - present: Member Supervisory board Dutch Central Bank (DNB)
  • 2013 - present: Member Global CEO Council (GCC) Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC)
  • 2014 - present : Non-executive Director Unilever


  • 2000 - 2007: Member Managing Board Royal DSM
  • 1998 - 2000: Director DSM Food Specialties
  • 1995 - 1998: Director Food Specialties Gist-brocades
  • 1993 - 1995:  Director Savory Ingredients Gist-brocades
  • 1990 - 1993: Director Marketing & Sales Industrial Pharmaceutical Products Division Gist-brocades
  • 1988 - 1990: Manager Strategy & Business Development Gist-brocades
  • 1987 - 1988: Strategic planner Industrial Pharmaceuticals Gist-brocades


  • 1984 - 1987: Business Administration - Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • 1977 - 1984: Medical Biology - Utrecht University


  • Most Distinguished Alumni Award - Erasmus University Rotterdam (2009)
  • Humanitarian of the Year - United Nations (2010)
  • Leaders of Change Award - United Nations (2011)
  • Blue Plate - Association of Dutch Securities Holders (VEB) (2011)
  • George Washington Carver Award for Biotechnology - BIO (2011)
  • Honorary Doctorate University of Maastricht (2012)
  • Sustainable Ribbon Award - The Netherlands (2016)

Former board positions held

  • Board member CEFIC (European Chemical Industry Council)
  • Member of the Dutch Innovation Platform 2.0
  • Member Supervisory Board Utrecht University
  • Member Supervisory Board Dutch Cancer Institute/Anthoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital (NKI / AVL)
  • Chairman Board EuropaBio (European Biotechnology Association)
  • Board member BIO (US Biotechnology Association)
  • Member Advisory Board ECP-EPN (e-commerce NL)
  • Board member Dutch Nutrition/Food Top-Institute (WCFS)
  • Member Supervisory Board Dutch Genomics Initiative (NGI)
  • Member Advisory Board RSM - Erasmus University