Jeroen van der Veer
der Veer, 2015
Born (1947-10-27) October 27, 1947 (age 73)
Utrecht, Netherlands
Alma mater
TitleChairman, Philips

Jeroen van der Veer (born 27 October 1947) is a Dutch businessman. He is the chairman of Philips,[1] and a former chief executive officer (CEO) of Royal Dutch Shell.[2]


Van der Veer graduated in 1971 from the Delft University of Technology with an engineer's degree in mechanical engineering under Jan in 't Veld, where he had been teaching assistant with prof Pierre Malotaux.[3] He went on to earn a master's degree in economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam. In 2005, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Port Harcourt in Nigeria.


Van der Veer joined Shell in 1971 and worked in manufacturing and marketing in the Netherlands, Curaçao and the United Kingdom. In March 2007 it was announced that Mr. van der Veer's contract as CEO would be extended to June 2009 some twenty months beyond his normal retirement date of October 2007.[4] He was the first executive director of Shell to stay in office beyond the age of 60. He retired as chief executive of Royal Dutch Shell June 2009, and remains on the board of directors. He also is a non-executive director of Unilever[5] and chairman of Platform Bèta Techniek (which organized the 2010 Science & Technology Summit in The Hague, which had Neil Armstrong and Steve Wozniak as keynote speakers, an event which Van der Veer headlined).

In 2009, Van der Veer was appointed a member of the supervisory board of Philips.

In October 2015, van der Veer was appointed honorary global chairman of London Speaker Bureau, with whom he is also a speaker.[6] In May 2019, van der Veer was appointed as a member in the board of directors of Prorsum, a Swiss sustainable investment advisor.[7]

Personal life

van der Veer is married to Mariette and has three daughters.


A Royal honour was conferred upon van der Veer to mark his retirement in 2009. He has been appointed by the Queen of the Netherlands as a Commander in the Order of Orange-Nassau. In 2010 Jeroen van der Veer was presented with Singapore's Honorary Citizen Award by President S.R. Nathan at a ceremony held in Singapore on 25 February 2010.[8] The Honorary Citizen Award is the highest form of recognition for outstanding contributions to the country's growth and development.


  1. ^ "Supervisory Board - Our management - Company - About". Philips.
  2. ^ Bio at Shell public website March 4, 2009. at Accessed 18-12-2020.
  3. ^ "Jeroen van der Veer: Een tikje tegendraads," in FEM Business, nr. 6, 2001.
  4. ^ "Retirement announcement". Archived from the original on 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2020-02-21.
  5. ^ Biographies of Simon Henry, Lord Kerr of Kinlochard GCMG, Wim Kok, Nick Land, Jorma Ollila, Jeroen van der Veer and Hans Wijers[permanent dead link]. Retrieved 14 July 2009.
  6. ^ "London Speaker Bureau". Archived from the original on 2015-11-08.
  7. ^ "Neues Verwaltungsratsmitglied beim institutionellen Berater Prorsum".
  8. ^ "Singapore Confers Prestigious Honorary Citizen Award on Retired chief executive of Shell". Archived from the original on 2010-02-28. Retrieved 2010-03-02.
Business positions Preceded byPhilip Watts Chairman of the Committee of Managing Directorsof Royal Dutch Shell2004–2005 Succeeded byposition of CEO of Royal Dutch Shell created Preceded byposition of CEO of Royal Dutch Shell created Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell2005–2009 Succeeded byPeter Voser Preceded byMaarten van den Bergh President-Director of Royal Dutch Petroleum Company2000–2005 Succeeded byPosition dissolved July 2005responsibilities split betweenCEO Royal Dutch Shell:Jeroen van der Veer; andChairman (Non-Exec) Royal Dutch Shell:Aad Jacobs