Theo de Raad holds a degree in sociology from the University of Tilburg (The Netherlands). From 1971 on, Mr de Raad began his career as a consultant. From 1973 until 1977, Mr de Raad was product group manager at Hamido Food Industries. Mr de Raad then assumed the position of marketing manager at SHV Shipping Group N.V. from 1978 until 1979. Subsequently, Mr de Raad transferred to Makro N.V. From 1980 until 1994, Mr de Raad held positions as operations manager at makro Belgium, president of Makro Thailand and president of Makro Indonesia. Mr de Raad was a member of the management board of SHV Makro N.V. from 1994 until 1995, before becoming chairman of the management board from 1996 until 1997, while also serving on the board of SHV Holdings N.V. From 1998 until 2000, Mr de Raad was a member of the management board of the old METRO AG (now: CECONOMY AG). As a member of the management board of Ahold N.V., Mr de Raad was responsible for the areas Asia and Latin America from 2001 until 2005. From 2004 onwards, Mr de Raad was a member of various supervisory boards, such as of Vion N.V. and Corbion N.V. Since 2006 Mr de Raad has been a member of the supervisory board of HAL Holding N.V. From 2008 until the effectiveness of the demerger of METRO group in July 2017, Mr de Raad was a member of the supervisory of the old METRO AG. Since 2017, Mr de Raad has been a member of the supervisory board of the new METRO AG (formerly: METRO Wholesale & Food Specialist AG), the entity to which the METRO wholesale and food retail business was transferred within the scope of the demerger.