Anthony Ruys

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Born20 July 1947
Alma materUniversity of Utrecht, Harvard Business School
Member ofEuropean Round Table of Industrialists
Dutch Bilderberg businessman spending his career increasing sales of processed foods, alcohol and tobacco. Member of the EU business lobby group United Europe.

Anthony Ruys is a Dutch businessman who spent his career increasing sales of processed foods, alcohol and tobacco. He is active in the EU business lobby group United Europe, where he mentors a series of workshops for "outstanding young professionals" from the EU.[1]


in 1974, he started his professional career as a marketing trainee at Unilever in Rotterdam. He stayed with the group for 19 years during which he worked as a manager in Colombia, Italy and the Netherlands. During this time, he also completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.

In 1993 Ruys joined the board of Heineken in Amsterdam with responsibility for global marketing. From 1996 to 2002 he was deputy chairman of Heineken before being appointed chairman of the board, a position he held until 2005.[1]

He has been chairman of the supervisory board of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport until 2017. He was a member of the supervisory boards of British American Tobacco until 2016, Janivo Holding BV (until 2017) and Indian Tobacco Company (until 2017). He is a non-executive board member of Intertrust Holding NV and of Hunter Douglas NV. Ruys is a member of the International Advisory Board of Van Lanschot Kempen.[1]

As Chairman of British American Tobacco’s remuneration committte, he focused ensuring that the relevant business objectives underpin all the performance-related bonus measures, like achieving growth, improving productivity, operating responsibly and building a winning organisation.[2]

In 2006, he became a member of the Board of Directors of the Lottomatica Group, the predecessor of GTECH, one of the world's largest lottery organizers.[3]

He is chairman of the supervisory board of the Dutch AIDS Foundation.


Event Participated in

Bilderberg/200315 May 200318 May 2003France
The 51st Bilderberg, in Versailles, France