Feike Sijbesma is the CEO and Chairman of the Managing Board for Royal DSM, a position he has held since 2007.
In 1987, Sijbesma joined the Industrial Pharmaceuticals division of Gist-brocades, where he was responsible for strategic planning and business development. From 1990 to 1993, he was appointed the division’s Marketing and Sales Director. Thereafter (1993) he was given leadership of Savoury Ingredients, later on a business unit of Gist-brocades’ Food Specialties Division. In 1995, he was made director of that division and joined the Gist-brocades’ Executive Committee. Following the acquisition of Gist-brocades by DSM in 1998 he became Director of the business group DSM Food Specialties, joining the Managing Board of Directors in 2000.
Sijbesma studied medical (molecular) biology at the University of Utrecht and business administration at Erasmus University in Rotterdam.