Unilever appoints Feike Sijbesma as director
Mr. Sijbesma has been a member of the Managing Board of Royal DSM N.V. (a global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company) since July 2000 and CEO and Chairman since May 2007.
In 1987, Mr. Sijbesma joined the Industrial Pharmaceuticals division of Gist-Brocades, where he was responsible for strategic planning and business development and from 1990 to 1993, he was the division's Marketing and Sales Director. Thereafter he was given leadership of Savoury Ingredients, which later became a business unit of Gist-Brocades' Food Specialties Division.
In 1995, Mr. Sijbesma became a director of that Division and joined Gist-Brocades' Executive Committee. Following the acquisition by Royal DSM N.V. in 1998 he became Director of the business group DSM Food Specialties. In 2000, he joined DSM's Managing Board of Directors and on 1 May 2007 he became Chairman and CEO of the Managing Board of Royal DSM N.V. ■