Mark Rutte

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Mark Rutte is the Prime Minister of the Netherlands.


On graduating from Leiden University in 1992, Rutte joined Unilever, where he worked as a human resources manager. In 1997 Rutte became personnel manager of Van den Bergh Nederland (Calvé), part of Unilever, where he also worked on a reorganisation. In 2002 he was appointed director of human resources at the IGLOMora Group BV, a Unilever subsidiary.[1]

From 22 July 2002-17 June 2004 Mr Rutte was State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment in the first and second Balkenende governments. Between these governments he was a member of the House of Representatives for the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) from 30 January 2003 to 27 May 2003. From 17 June 2004 to 7 July 2006 he was State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science in the second Balkenende government.[1]

From 29 June 2006 - 8 October 2010 Rutte was the leader of the VVD parliamentary party.[1]

From 14 October 2010 - 5 November 2012 Mr Rutte was Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs in the Rutte-Verhagen government. On 5 November 2012 Rutte was appointed Prime Minister and Minister of General Affairs in the Rutte-Asscher government.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 curriculum vitae - Mark Rutte,, accessed 5 June 2013.