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Biography of Jan-Michiel Hessels, WG'69

Jan-Michiel Hessels
Born 21 December 1942 in The Hague, The Netherlands, grew up in Medan, Indonesia. Married to Elisabeth Hillen; three children.

Studied at the Universities of Leiden (1966, Master of Law), London School of Economics (Labor Economics) and The Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania (1969, Masters Degree in Finance and Business Administration).

1967 -1973 S.G. Warburg & Co. in London
Overseas Development Bank in Genève
McKinsey & Co. Inc. in New York and Amsterdam
1973 Corporate Treasurer with Akzo NV
1977 President of Akzo Ltda. (Brazil and Argentina), Sao Paulo
1982 Executive Vice-President of Akzona Inc., Asheville NC, USA
1985            Chief Executive Officer of NV Deli Universal, Rotterdam
1990 - 2000 Chief Executive Officer of Vendex International NV / Royal Vendex KBB NV (until June 2000)

Present (Supervisory) Board memberships of listed companies:

  • Euronext NV (chairman)
  • Heineken N.V.
  • Royal Philips Electronics NV (chairman Audit Committee)
  • Fortis NV (chairman Risk & Capital Committee)

Other main Board memberships/activities:

  • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Group NV (chairman Audit Committee until May 2006)
  • Schiphol Airport Development Corporation (SADC) (chairman)
  • SC Johnson Europlant NV (chairman)
  • Chairman ‘Stichting Particuliere Historische Buitenplaatsen’ (Dutch Association of Private Historical Estates)
  • Chairman National Committee “Rembrandt 400”
  • Member of the international Advisory Board of Morgan Stanley (until March 2006), The Blackstone Group and SC Johnson Corporation

Some former main activities:

  • Chairman Election Platform Committee CDA 2002/2003
  • Chairman/member Board Trustees Rijksmuseum Amsterdam (1996-2003)
  • Chairman/member Board Medisch Centrum Haaglanden (1992-2003)
  • Chairman Dutch Retail Association (RND) 1991-1998
  • Member Board National Fund 4 and 5 May
  • Member Supervisory Boards BAM (1988-1993), Laurus (1998-2004); Barnes & Noble Inc (1990-2000), B&N.Com, Inc (1999-2003), Yule Catto PLC (1991-1998), Dillards Department Stores Inc (1990-1998), Royal VopakNV (1993-2005)
  • Chairman Queen Juliana School (Sao Paolo Brazil)



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