Kees van Lede

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Born21 November 1942
Wassenaar, Netherlands
Alma materUniversity of Leiden, INSEAD

Cornelis Josephus Antonius "Kees" van Lede


Van Lede studied law at the University of Leiden. He was a member of the LSV Minerva corps and graduated in 1966. He then studied MBA at INSEAD.


Van Lede began his career in 1967 at Royal Dutch Shell. He worked in the marketing department. After two years he presided over it and started as a management consultant at McKinsey, where he reportedly continued working until 1976. He then became president-director at a construction group, followed by a place on the board of the Hollandse Beton Groep. At the same time he became chairman of employers' organisation VNO, a job he kept until 1991.

In 1991 he joined the board of AkzoNobel. Three years later, he became chairman of the board, until 2003 when he was succeeded by Hans Wijers.

After quitting AkzoNobel in 2003 as chairman of the board, he became commissioner of a large number of listed companies such as Heineken, Air France, KLM and Sara Lee. By collecting a large number of positions, he was named the most powerful man in Dutch business in 2006 by the magazine FEM Business.


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/198912 May 198914 May 1989Spain
Island of La Toja
Gran Hotel
34th Bilderberg meeting


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