Aart De Geus


Bertelsmann Foundation President and CEO Aart De Geus studied law at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. After his graduation, he completed a course in labor law at the University of Nijmegen.

Starting in 1980, Mr De Geus worked for the Christelijk Nationaal Vakverbond (CNV), a trade-union federation in the Netherlands. He became its vice chairman in 1993 with responsibility for social security, pensions, health and employment. In this capacity, he was appointed a member of the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (Sociaal-Economische Raad).

In 1998, he became a partner in the consulting firm Boer & Croon in Amsterdam. From 2002 to 2007, he served as minister of social affairs and employment in the administrations of Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende.

From 2007, as deputy secretary general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Mr De Geus was responsible for employment, labor and social affairs (including health, pensions and migration), education as well as entrepreneurship and governance. He coordinated the “Making Reform Happen” project and was also in charge of the OECD’s activities on gender and diversity issues.

Since September 2011, Mr De Geus has been a member of the Bertelsmann Stiftung executive board, and since August 2012 he is the Stiftung’s chairman and CEO. He is responsible for programs on Europe, employment and globalization, and for offices in Brussels and Washington, DC.

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