Feike Sijbesma

CEO & Chairman of the Managing Board

Feike Sijbesma

Joined Board July 2000, appointed CEO & Chairman May 2007

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

In 1987, Feike 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, Feike joined DSM's Managing Board, 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 the integration of this division into DSM from Basel (Switzerland) in addition to his other responsibilities as a member of the Managing Board. Feike has been CEO and Chairman of the Managing Board since 2007.

Feike 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 sees sustainability as both a responsibility and a business driver and has given purpose to the company by 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 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 is married and has two sons.

  • 2007 - to date: CEO Royal DSM
  • 2019 - to date: Member of the World Economic Forum Board of Trustees
  • 2018 - to date: Chair of the High-Level Leadership Forum on Competitiveness and Carbon Pricing, and Champion of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC), both convened by the World Bank Group
  • 2017 - to date: Climate Leader for the World Bank Group
  • 2014 - to date: Non-executive Director Unilever
  • 2013 - to date: Member Global CEO Council (GCC) Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC)
  • 2012 - to date: Member Supervisory Board Dutch Central Bank (DNB)
  • 2007 - to date: CEO Royal DSM
  • 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
  • 1987: Business Administration - Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • 1984: Medical Biology - Utrecht University
  • Fortune's World's 50 Greatest Leaders (2018)
  • Courage to Lead Award - World Resources Institute (WRI) (2017)
  • Alumnus of the Year - Utrecht University (2017)
  • Winner Fortune Award Circular Economy Leadership - World Economic Forum (2016)
  • Sustainable Ribbon Award - The Netherlands (2016)
  • Honorary Doctorate University of Maastricht (2012)
  • George Washington Carver Award for Biotechnology - BIO (2011)
  • Blue Plate - Association of Dutch Securities Holders (VEB) (2011)
  • Leaders of Change Award - United Nations (2011)
  • Humanitarian of the Year - United Nations (2010)
  • Most Distinguished Alumni Award - Erasmus University Rotterdam (2009)
  • Co-Chair of the High-Level Assembly of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC), convened by the World Bank
  • 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/Antoni 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
  • Chairman & Board member Netherlands Food Chain Sustainability Foundation (DUVO)
  • Board member Swiss Society Chemical Industries (SGCI)
  • Supervisory board (Chairman) DSM Netherlands
  • Chairman Chemical Governors of the World Economic Forum (WEF)
  • Vice chairman Global Agenda Council Role of Business in Society World Economic Forum (WEF)
  • Co-Chair Annual Meeting of the New Champions WEF - China

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