Profile J.H. Schraven


Jacques H. Schraven (1942) is currently chairman of the Supervisory Board of Tata Steel Nederland B.V. and a non-executive director of Tata Steel Limited (India).

From 1999 until 2005 he served as chairman of the Netherlands Confederation of Industry and Employers (VNO-NCW). Before that he was president of Shell Nederland B.V.

A lawyer by training, he joined the Royal Dutch Shell Group in The Hague in 1968. After a series of legal, financial and commercial secondments in the Netherlands, Curaçao, Venezuela and the United Kingdom, he moved to Buenos Aires in 1984 as chief executive of the Shell companies in Argentina. After that he served as a director of the Corporate Centre of the Royal Dutch Shell Group in London and The Hague and concluded his career at Shell as president and chief executive of the Shell companies in The Netherlands.

From 1999 until 2005 Mr Schraven was deputy chairman of the Netherlands Social Economic Council and chairman of the Labour Foundation. He was a member of the Bank Council of the Netherlands Central Bank and chairman of the Netherlands Council for Financial Reporting. He also served as vice chairman of Business Europe, the confederation of Industrial and Employers' federations in Europe.

Mr Schraven is currently chairman of the board of Trust Foundation Unilever N.V. and of the Foundation Preference Shares B KPN. Outside business he is Chairman of the Board of the Foundation for Economic Research SEO and the Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL).

Mr Schraven is married and has a daughter and two sons. His hobbies are classical music and jazz, the visual arts, sailing and golf.

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