Kees van Lede

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Born21 November 1942
Wassenaar, Netherlands
Alma materUniversity of Leiden, INSEAD
Member ofJP Morgan Chase/International Council, LSV Minerva, Netherlands/Deep state
Named the most powerful man in Dutch business in 2006. Attended Bilderberg/1989.

Cornelis Josephus Antonius "Kees" van Lede is a Dtuch businessman. He was named the most powerful man in Dutch business in 2006.


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 & Company, 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, and also vice president of the Union of Industrial and Employer’s Confederations of Europe (UNICE).

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,De Nederlansche Bank, the Dutch central bank, and chairman-elect of the board of directors of INSEAD. He also serves as a member of the supervisory boards of Scania AB, Heineken NV, Sara Lee Corporation, Philips Electronics, L’Air Liquide and Reed Elsevier.

By collecting a large number of positions, he was named the most powerful man in Dutch business in 2006 by the magazine FEM Business. Because of this Van Lede was mentioned as one of the key persons of the Old boys network of leaders.

In 2003, he joined the advisory board of board of Carlyle Europe Partners, a part of the Carlyle Group.[1]


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/198912 May 198914 May 1989Spain
La Toja Island
37th Bilderberg meeting, 110 guests
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