Press release

DSM adjusts organizational model

Heerlen, NL, 25 Aug 2015 07:15 CEST

Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, today announces adjustments to its organizational and operating model. Following recent portfolio changes, these adjustments aim to create a more agile, focused and cost efficient organization, with a stronger business and market focus and globally leveraged support functions.

These changes will result in structural savings of €125-150 million to be fully achieved by the end of 2017.

DSM will also strengthen its management structure by establishing an Executive Committee, enabling faster strategic alignment and operational execution.

In addition to the changes above, DSM is developing a business (growth) improvement and efficiency program for the Nutrition business that will be communicated at the Capital Markets Day on 4 November 2015.

Feike Sijbesma, CEO/Chairman of the Managing Board, Royal DSM commented: “In an increasingly global and fast-paced business environment we need to adapt our organizational and operating model to service our customers even better. With the adjustments announced today, we become more agile, focused and cost-efficient. Businesses fully focus on growth, while at the same time we become more competitive by leveraging our global support functions.

Global Support functions

The support functions will be globally leveraged across DSM to capture scale-benefits and deliver high-quality professional support at lower costs, among others via further standardization of processes, delayering, and elimination of duplications, resulting in a more efficient pooling of resources with clearer accountability for performance. This will lead to a reduction in size of the support functions, also in view of the transfer into partnerships of the Pharma, Polymer Intermediates and Composite Resins businesses.

This new organizational model will apply to Finance, HR, Legal, IT, Business Services, Indirect Sourcing, Communications and Corporate departments as well as the Regional centers. In addition, DSM will implement efficiency measures in its major R&D centers globally.

The DSM business groups remain the cornerstones of the company and their focus will be on the primary functions of the company: Innovation and R&D, Direct Sourcing, Manufacturing & Operations and Marketing & Sales. The optimization of the support functions will enable the business groups to increase their business and market focus and operate in today’s business environment with greater agility.

The above initiatives will result in a reduction in headcount of 900-1100 FTEs, of which approximately half in the Netherlands and to be fully implemented by the end of 2017.

The structural savings from the reduced headcount and lower spend are estimated at €125-150 million compared to 2014, to be fully achieved by end of 2017. One-off restructuring charges, including severance costs, are estimated at €150-175 million before tax.

Other efficiency programs

More information on the business (growth) improvement and efficiency program for Nutrition will follow at the Capital Markets Day on 4 November 2015, at which moment we will also communicate our strategy and goals for the years to come.

Executive Committee

DSM will strengthen its management structure by establishing an Executive Committee, enabling faster strategic alignment and operational execution by increasing focus on the development of the business, innovation and people. The members of the Executive Committee will be the Managing Board members Feike Sijbesma (CEO/Chairman), Geraldine Matchett (CFO), Stephan Tanda (Life Sciences) and Dimitri de Vreeze (Materials Sciences), as well as Chris Goppelsroeder (Nutritional Products), Philip Eykerman (Strategy and M&A), Rob van Leen (R&D and Innovation) and Peter Vrijsen (Human Resources).

The statutory responsibilities of the Managing Board remain unchanged.

Additional information

Today DSM will hold a conference call for the media from 09.00 AM to 09.30 AM CET. Details on how to access these calls can be found on this website. A recording of the call will be made available via this website.

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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