President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
Mr. Peter Bakker is a distinguished business leader who until June 2011 was the Chief Executive Officer of TNT NV, the Neterhlands based holding company of TNT Express and Royal TNT Post (formerly TPG Post). At the end of May 2011, TNT NV was split in two separately listed companies: TNT Express NV and PostNL NV. Mr. Bakker lead the demerger of TNT and, after its completion, stepped down and left the TNT group on June 1, 2011.
Under his leadership, TNT became a leader in Corporate Responsibility with a ground-breaking partnership with the UN World Food Program, ambitious CO2 reduction targets from its Planet Me initiative and multiple year leading positions in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
Mr. Bakker joined Royal TPG Post in 1991 and was appointed Financial Director of its parcels business unit in 1993. He was appointed Financial Control Director of TPG Post in 1996 and became a member of the Board of Management of TPG Post in 1997. Since the split of TPG N.V. from Koninklijke PTT Nederland N.V. until his appointment as Chief Executive Officer in 2001, Mr. Bakker was Chief Financial Officer and a member of the TPG Board of Managment.
Mr. Bakker is a respected leader in Corporate Responsibility. He was the recipient of the Clinton Global Citizen Award in 2009; SAM Sustainability Leadership Award in 2010, and the United Nations' WFP Ambassador Against Hunger in 2011. In addition, he is the Chairman of War Child Netherlands.
Mr. Bakker holds a Master's degree in Business Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from HTS Alkmaar.