Dick Benschop

Dick Benschop
Dick Benschop.jpg
Dick Benschop in 2012
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
23 May 2002 – 1 September 2002
Parliamentary groupLabour Party
State Secretary for Foreign Affairs
In office
3 August 1998 – 22 July 2002
Prime MinisterWim Kok
Preceded byMichiel Patijn
Succeeded byAgnes van Ardenne
Atzo Nicolaï
Personal details
Dick Anne Benschop

(1957-11-05) 5 November 1957 (age 65)
Driebergen, Netherlands
Political partyLabour Party (from 1984)
Children3 children
Residence(s)Driebergen, Netherlands
Alma materVrije Universiteit Amsterdam
(Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts)
OccupationPolitician · historian · researcher · political consultant · businessman · corporate director · nonprofit director · academic administrator · teacher

Dick Anne Benschop (born 5 November 1957) is a former Dutch politician of the Labour Party (PvdA) and businessman. He was the CEO and chairman of the Schiphol Group since 1 May 2018 until 1 November 2022 and chairman of the Orange Foundation [nl] since 1 June 2017.[1][2]


Benschop worked as a political consultant for the Labour Party from 1986 until 1996. After the election of 1998 Benschop was appointed as State Secretary for Foreign Affairs in the Cabinet Kok II, serving from 3 August 1998 until 22 July 2002.

Benschop served as the Labour Party campaign manager for the election of 2002. The Labour Party suffered a big defeat in the election losing 23 seats in the House of Representatives, Leader of the Labour Party and Lijsttrekker (top candidate) Ad Melkert accepted responsibility for the defeat and sequentially left national politics. Benschop who was elected as a Member of the House of Representatives after the election, also took responsibility for the defeat and served in the House of Representatives from 23 May 2002 until his resignation on 1 September 2002.

He served as CEO of the Schiphol airport group until Sept 2022, when he resigned following months of chaos. [3] [4]

Other activities


Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
Order of Orange-Nassau ribbon - Knight.svg Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 10 December 2002


  1. ^ "Nieuwe directeur voor Oranje Fonds" (in Dutch). Vorsten.nl. 2 May 2017. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Dick Benschop definitief nieuwe topman Schiphol" (in Dutch). NOS. 12 March 2018. Retrieved 28 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Chaos returns to Amsterdam Schiphol as security staffers massively look for jobs elsewhere; airport asks airlines to start canceling flights". 12 September 2022.
  4. ^ "Schiphol airport chief resigns over flight disruption". Financial Times. 15 September 2022.
  5. ^ Membership Archived 2 March 2021 at the Wayback Machine Trilateral Commission.

External links

  • Media related to Dick Benschop at Wikimedia Commons
  • (in Dutch) Drs. D.A. (Dick) Benschop Parlement & Politiek
Political offices
Preceded by State Secretary for Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Succeeded by
Business positions
Preceded by
Peter de Wit
CEO of Royal Dutch
Shell Netherlands

Succeeded by
Marjan van Loon
Preceded by
Senior Vice President of
Royal Dutch Shell

Succeeded by
Preceded by CEO and Chairman of
the Schiphol Group

Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by Chairman of the
Orange Foundation [nl]

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