Press release

DSM announces retirement of Managing Board member Jan Zuidam

Heerlen, NL, 28 Oct 2009 08:15 CET

Royal DSM N.V., the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company headquartered in the Netherlands, announces today that Jan Zuidam, Deputy Chairman of the Managing Board of Directors of DSM, will retire on 1 January 2010, after 36 years of service with DSM, of which he served 12 years as a member of DSM’s Managing Board.

The Supervisory Board and the Managing Board have agreed not to fill the vacancy at this point in time and to distribute the tasks of Jan Zuidam amongst the other members of the Managing Board.

Mr. Ir. Jan Zuidam (1948) studied Chemical Engineering at the Technical University of Delft. He joined DSM Research in Geleen (NL) in 1973. He worked in a wide variety of positions as Plant Manager, Head of Purchasing and Head of Production for different Business Groups. Jan Zuidam was Director of DSM Andeno and also Director of Corporate Strategy. In 1992, he was appointed Director of DSM Research and in 1998 he joined DSM’s Managing Board of Directors.

Jan Zuidam has also served on numerous boards inside and outside DSM and is currently Chairman of the Association of the Dutch Chemical Industry.

The members of the Supervisory Board and his colleagues in the Managing Board express their deep gratitude and thanks for Jan Zuidam’s leadership throughout his long career with DSM and for his enormous contributions to the organization’s success and focus on innovation and sustainability.

DSM wishes Jan and his wife Ans many years of healthy and joyful retirement.

For more information

Lieke de Jong-Tops

Senior Communications Manager
+31 45 578 2420

Dave Huizing

Vice President Investor Relations
+31 45 578 2864

Media Relations

+31 45 578 2420

Investor Relations

+31 45 578 2864

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