Former employers chief Hans de Boer dies unexpectedly after a stroke

Photo: Sebastiaan ter Burg via Wikimedia Commons
Photo: Sebastiaan ter Burg via Wikimedia Commons

Former Dutch employers leader Hans de Boer has died unexpectedly at the age of 66, after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage last week.

De Boer headed the VNO-NCW organisation up to September when he retired to Curaçao. Before that he held a number of advisory and lobby functions, including that of director of small firms association MKB-Nederland and head of a government commission on youth unemployment.

A no-nonsense campaigner, De Boer was known for his straight talking and once said in an interview: ‘I am from Friesland, and Friesland does not produce many diplomats.’

The VNO-NCW’s new director Cees Oudshoorn said De Boer’s sudden death is a ‘great shock’ and that it was a privilege to have worked with him. Prime minister Mark Rutte described him as a ‘great friend’.

Most recently, De Boer was involved in negotiating the role of employers in the new pension agreement, as well as in drawing up coronavirus support measures for industry.

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