People: Air Liquide SA (AIRP.PA)
van Lede, Cornelis
Mr. Cornelis J.A. van Lede has served as Independent Director at Air Liquide SA since May 10, 2006. He is also Chairman of Remuneration Committee and Member of the Appointments and Governance Committee of the Company. He was previously Member of the Supervisory Board of the Company from May 2003 to May 10, 2006. He worked for Shell from 1967 to 1969 and for Mc Kinsey from 1969 to 1976 before serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Koninklijke Nederhorst Bouw B.V. between 1977 and 1982. He then sat on the Executive Committee of Hollande Beton Groep from 1982 to 1984. He was then Chairman of the Federation des Industries de Pays Bas from 1984 to 1991, and Vice President of UNICE from 1991 to 1994. In 1991, he joined Akzo N.V. as Member of the Management Board, then became Vice Chairman of the Management Board in 1992 and Chairman of the Management Board of Akzo Nobel N.V. from 1994 to 2003. From 2003 to 2007, he was Member of the Supervisory board of Akzo Nobel N.V. In addition to his duties at the Company, Mr. van Lede is also Member of the Supervisory Board of Royal Philips Electronics NV and Chairman of Heineken NV. He is also Director of Air France-KLM and Sara Lee Corporation. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from University of Leiden (Universiteit Leiden) and a Masters of Business Adminsitration degree from INSEAD Business School.
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