Feike Sijbesma


Supervisory Board Member of Philips and Co-Chair of the Board of the Global Center on Adaptation


Feike Sijbesma has served as CEO and Chairman of the Managing Board of Directors at DSM from 2007 till 2020.

Mr Sijbesma studied medical biology at the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands) and business administration at Erasmus University (The Netherlands). In 1987, he joined Gist-brocades, where he was responsible for strategic planning and business development in the Industrial Pharmaceuticals Division. He went on to hold various management positions within the company: Marketing and Sales Director, Industrial Pharmaceuticals Division (1990-1993), Director Savoury Ingredients, Food Specialties Division (1993-1995) and Director Food Specialties Division (1995-1998). Following the acquisition of Gist-brocades by DSM in 1998, he became Director of the DSM Food Specialties business group, and joined DSM’s Managing Board of Directors in 2000.

Since early 2020, Feike Sijbesma transitioned to the role of Honorary Chairman of Royal DSM. Feike sits on the Boards of Philips, Unilever and Dutch Central Bank. He co-chairs the Global Centre for Adaptation, with former UN SG Ban Ki-moon. Feike is member of the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum. Feike is an advocate for business tackling climate change in several roles. Feike also steers the expansion of Africa Improved Foods, addressing malnutrition by resilient local food production.