Antony Burgmans

Antony Burgmans (born 13 February 1947) is a Dutch businessman. Formerly non-executive chairman of Unilever,[1] he is currently chairman of paint company Akzo Nobel.[2]

Antony Burgmans
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Born13 February 1947 Edit this on Wikidata (age 73)
Rotterdam Edit this on Wikidata
Alma mater

Early life and educationEdit

Born 13 February 1947, Rotterdam, Burgmans studied business administration at Nyenrode in the Netherlands, and political and social sciences at Stockholm University in Sweden.[3] He then completed a Master of Arts in Marketing at Lancaster University in England. In December 2003 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Lancaster University.[4]


Burgmans joined Unilever in 1972, working as marketing assistant at Lever, Netherlands on the dishwater detergent Sun. Later, he held marketing and sales positions in the company's detergents businesses in Indonesia and the Netherlands. In 1982, he was appointed marketing and sales director of Lever in the Netherlands and in 1985, became marketing director of Lever Germany.[3] Three years later, he was appointed chairman of PT Unilever Indonesia. In 1991, he became director of Unilever with responsibility for personal care products. Burgmans took over responsibility for Ice Cream and Frozen Foods - Europe in May 1994 and, later that year, was appointed chairman of the Europe Committee, which co-ordinates Unilever's European activities.[3]

In October 1998, he was appointed vice chairman of Unilever N.V. and became chairman of Unilever N.V in May 1999. In May 2005, Burgmans was elected chairman Unilever N.V. and PLC.[citation needed] In January 2007, it was announced that he would be replaced by Michael Treschow upon standing down as Chairman in May 2007.[citation needed]

In May 2017, an Amsterdam court rejected attempts by investors to remove Burgmans from the chairmanship of Akzo Nobel. Burgmans was seen as an obstacle to a takeover bid for the company form PPG.[2]

Other positionsEdit

Burgmans also serves as member of the Supervisory Board of ABN AMRO, a member of the International Advisory Board of Allianz AG and a non-executive director of BP plc. He is also co-chairman of the Global Commerce Initiative (GCI) and chairman of the Supervisory Boards of, WWF-Netherlands, the Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague and the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam.[5]


  1. ^ "Unilever Makes Big Management Changes". WebProNews. 10 February 2005. Archived from the original on 14 January 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
  2. ^ a b Beesley, Arthur (29 May 2017). "Dutch court rejects Elliott call to oust Akzo chairman". Financial Times. United Kingdom. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Antony Burgmans". Unilever. Archived from the original on 3 June 2007.
  4. ^ "Lancaster Graduate receives Honorary Degree". Lancaster University. 12 May 2003. Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  5. ^ Antony Burgmans profile Archived February 22, 2014, at the Wayback Machine at the WWF website.