Daan has been an headhunter and boardroom advisor for over twenty years his work is international with a focus on the Energy, Chemicals, and process industries. During this phase he has lived In The Netherlands, Paris, London, and (now) Lisbon.
Earlier Daan was at Kappa Packaging (now Smurfit Kappa Group), where his most recent position was member of the executive board of the packaging sector.
Between 1976 and 1991, Daan held commercial, recruiting and general management positions at Royal Dutch/Shell In the Netherlands, Brazil, Curacao, the Bahamas and Ecuador. He gained experience in a variety of oil and chemical markets and in international supply/shipping and trading. As a recruiter, he was responsible for finding and attracting high-potential graduates for the international career stream. As general manager of Shell Ecuador, Daan ran an oil and chemicals sales company, and was involved in developing opportunities for oil exploration and gold mining.
Daan earned a law degree from the University of Leiden. He speaks Dutch, English, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese.