Jacques Schraven

Acting Chair

Former Non-Executive Independent Director and Chairman of Safety, Health & Environment Committee, Tata Steel Limited.


From 1999 until 2005 Jacques Schraven 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, Jacques joined the legal department of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group in The Hague in 1968. After a series of legal, financial and commercial secondments in the Netherlands, CuraƧao, 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 within the central offices of the Group in London and The Hague. In 1997 he was appointed president of Shell Nederland B.V.

From 1999 until 2005 Jacques was deputy chairman of the 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 BusinessEurope, the confederation of Industrial and Employers' federations in Europe.

Jacques is currently chairman or a member of the supervisory boards of Stork B.V., NUON Energy B.V. and BNP Parisbas OBAM. He also serves as chairman of the Trust Foundation of Unilever N.V. and the Trust Foundation Preference Shares “B” of Koninklijke KPN N.V. Outside business he is a board member or trustee of the Netherlands Blood Institute Sanquin, the Carnegie Foundation, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and the Foundation for Social-Economic Research (SEO).

Personal life

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

July 2012