Royal DSM, a global science-based company in nutrition, health and sustainable living, announced that Atzo Nicolaï, President DSM NL, has decided to step down from his position as per mid-2019 and will pursue his career outside DSM. He will be succeeded by Edith Schippers, who was most recently Minister of Health, Welfare and Sports in the Netherlands who will join DSM on 1st February.
Atzo joined DSM in 2011. Atzo contributed to DSM’s sustainability drive in the Netherlands and strengthening our innovation infrastructure in the Netherlands, in particular for our R&D centers in Geleen and Delft. He also has supported the development of the Brightlands Chemelot Campus, as well as the Biotech Campus in Delft. In addition, Atzo has established one unified Collective Labour Agreement for all CLA employees of DSM in the Netherlands. He will use the first half of 2019 to hand over his tasks and responsibilities and will finalize projects and remain available for full transition until end of Q3.
Edith Schippers, a Dutch national, holds a master’s degree in political science from Leiden University, The Netherlands. She started her career as a policy advisor for the liberal political party in the House of Representatives in the Netherlands focusing on health care, after which she worked for business and employers’ organization VNO-NCW with health care and labor markets in her portfolio. Edith was elected as a member into the House of Representatives in 2003, after which she became Minister of Health, Welfare and Sports in 2010. In 2017 she announced she would not return to a new cabinet.
Edith will report in her role as President DSM NL to Dimitri de Vreeze, member of the Managing Board of DSM and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of DSM Netherlands.
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