Mr. Feike Sijbesma has been Chairman of the Board of DSM since May 2007.

He studied Medical Biology at the University of Utrecht and Business Administration at Erasmus University in Rotterdam (both in the Netherlands).

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

In 2000 Feike joined DSM’s Managing Board of Directors. He became CEO and Chairman of the Managing Board of Royal DSM on 1 May 2007.

In January 2013, the University of Maastricht (the Netherlands), conferred Feike with an honorary doctorate in recognition of how he embodies DSM’s value creation for all stakeholders, based on the company’s core value, sustainability.