Paul de Krom

Chairman Executive Board/CEO

Meet Paul de Krom

About TNO

TNO is the largest Dutch independent applied research organization employing 3500 professionals with 500 mln. annual turnover. TNO connects people and knowledge to create innovations that boost the competitive strength of industry and well-being of society. TNO’s scientists make knowledge applicable for both private industry and governments. TNO was established by Law in 1932. TNO focusses on nine domains: Buildings, Infrastructure & Maritime; Circular Economy and Environment; Defence, Safety and Security; Energy; Healthy Living; Industry; Information & Communication Technology; Strategic Analysis & Policy; Traffic and Transport

Current positions

Paul de Krom (born Zutphen 10 February 1963) is Chairman of the TNO Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer since 1 March 2015. He is also member of the HTM Supervisory Board, Hogeschool Utrecht Supervisory Board, and Chairman of Nederland Distributieland.

Former positions

2014-2015 Interim Managing Director at the Rural Development Department, a government agency of the Ministry of Economic Affairs. 2012-2013 Various board positions, including chairman of the Stichting Nationaal, Energiebespaarfonds and initiator of the Techniekpact (link education to employment in the technology sector). 2010-2012 Secretary of State for Social Affairs and Employment in Cabinet Rutte I. 2003-2010 Member of Parliament for the VVD party, spokesman for environment, waste, energy, water, aviation, ports, transport and logistics, infrastructure (traffic and public transport), immigration and integration 1991-2003 Various HR positions at Shell in Rotterdam, The Hague, the Middle East and London.


London Business School, Law and Public Administration at the University of Groningen.

Paul de Krom is married and has three sons. He is a Knight in the Order of Oranje- Nassau.