Feike Sijbesma has been the CEO of Royal DSM for 10 years. He has transformed DSM and its portfolio through various divestments and acquisitions. Under his leadership, DSM repositioned itself from a chemical company into a ‘life sciences and materials sciences’ company, focusing on health, nutrition and materials, expressed in a new brand of which "Bright Science. Brighter Living" forms the core. Feike sees sustainability as both a responsibility and a business driver. He has given purpose to the company by DSM's involvement in, for example, malnutrition and climate change. He also considers it important for business to have more women in the top, and he sees diversity as increasingly important for DSM as an innovative company. He is committed to develop science as a bases for innovation in order to create brighter lives for people today and generations to come.
Feike studied medical (molecular) biology at Utrecht University and business administration at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, both in the Netherlands. He joined the Industrial Pharmaceuticals division of Royal Gist-brocades NV in 1987, and since then has been responsible for strategic planning and business development, worked as the division’s marketing and sales director, and then had leadership of Savory Ingredients, later a business unit of Gist-brocades’ Food Specialties Division. He became director of that division and joined the Gist-brocades’ Executive Committee in 1995, after which he became director of the business group DSM Food Specialties.
Feike Sijbesma joined the managing board of DSM in 2000, in which he was responsible for the food and pharma activities. He led the acquisition of the vitamins and fine chemicals division of the Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche in 2002 and 2003. In subsequent years, he led the integration of this division into DSM from Basel (Switzerland), in addition to his other responsibilities as a member of the managing board. Feike became DSM’s CEO in 2007. Feike received the RSM Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009. He is married and has two sons.