Aart De Geus

Chairman of the board of the Bertelsmann Stiftung

Aart Jan De Geus, born 1955, studied law at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. After his graduation (master of laws), he completed a postgraduate course in labor law at the University of Nijmegen.

From 1980, 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, De Geus served as Minister of Social Affairs and Employment in the Balkenende administrations.

From 2007, as deputy secretary general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), 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 horizontal project Making Reform Happen, and was also in charge of the OECD’s activities on gender and diversity issues.

Since September 2011, De Geus has been a member of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board. Since August 5th, 2012 he serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Bertelsmann Stiftung. He is responsible for the program areas Europe, employment, and globalization as well as for the offices in Brussels and Washington, DC.