After studying chemical engineering (including PhD) at TU Delft, Karen de Lathouder worked successively at Shell and AkzoNobel from 2008 to 2015. In 2015 she went to work for the oil company Orpic in Oman. From 2017, she worked for bp in the UK and Germany. As of January 1st, 2022, she is the new CEO of bp Netherlands. She is also manager of bp’s Rotterdam refinery and will carry out her responsibilities as CEO alongside her current role.
When Karen is not working for bp she co-runs a gym in her hometown Schiedam as a personal trainer.