In 1996 David joined Shell’s upstream division and after assignments in The Hague and Assen, he spent almost 10 years in Singapore in a variety of roles, including Associate General Counsel and VP Government Relations Asia Pacific. From 2006 to 2013 he was the chairman of the board of Shell Todd Oil Services, the largest energy producer in New Zealand. In 2003 David was appointed as Honorary Judge (rechter-plaatsvervanger) in the District Court of Assen. In 2013 David left Shell for Heerema Marine Contractors where he held the position as Senior Vice President Tax, Legal & Insurance. David is a graduate of Leiden University, he started his career in private practice and was admitted to the Amsterdam Bar.