Theo Keijzer, Vice President Tax Policy at Shell International in The Hague, has taken over the helm as Chair of the ICC Commission on Taxation. Having served as Vice-Chair since May 2006, Mr Keijzer replaces Robert Couzin, who stepped down from the post at the spring meeting of the commission in Paris last month.
The ICC Commission on Taxation promotes an international tax system without tax obstacles to cross-border trade and investment.
“Globalization is accelerating like never before,” said Mr Keijzer. “Globalization today is different from five years ago and will be different in 2015. Consequently, global welfare for all citizens of the world and countries’ finances will improve with a global tax landscape without barriers. It would enable business to conduct activities in an efficient manner and with a business optimal organizational structure. I’m fortunate to be given the chance to work towards this ICC goal together with all the commission members.”
A member of the Taxation and Fiscal Policy Committee of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s Business and Industry Advisory Committee, Mr Keijzer is a regular contributor to debates on a variety of international taxation issues.
Having worked for Shell for 35 years in the Netherlands, the UK and the US, Mr Keijzer is also Chairman of the Netherlands’ Employers Federation VNO-NCW International Tax Committee and Vice-Chair of the EU Joint Transfer Pricing Forum in Brussels.
In addition he is a member of the BusinessEurope Tax Policy Group in Brussels.
Mr Keijzer holds a Masters degree in Business Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.