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Jan Ernst de Groot appointed Chief Sustainability Officer of Ahold Delhaize

Jan Ernst de Groot appointed Chief Sustainability Officer of Ahold Delhaize

Ahold Delhaize announced on August 3 that Jan Ernst de Groot has been appointed as Chief Sustainability Officer. Read more

Analysis Top 100 Corporate Women 2022: Moving Towards a New Number 1?

Analysis Top 100 Corporate Women 2022: Moving Towards a New Number 1?

Petri Hofsté is the most influential corporate woman in the Netherlands for the sixth time now, but will that still be the case next year? There is stiff competition in the Top 10. Plus: twice the number of international ladies in Dutch boardrooms, the cautious advance of chairwomen and time for rejuvenation.
Kitty Koelemeijer: ‘Make Supervisory Board Members Earn Education Credits’

Kitty Koelemeijer: ‘Make Supervisory Board Members Earn Education Credits’

The professor is a rising star among Supervisory Board members. She has a clear view on what qualities non-executive directors should possess. ‘The only diversity that matters is cognitive diversity.’
Cees ’t Hart (Carlsberg): 'The Most Difficult Decision I Ever Had to Make'

Cees ’t Hart (Carlsberg): 'The Most Difficult Decision I Ever Had to Make'

As CEO of the Danish beer brewery Carlsberg, Cees ‘t Hart was left with a difficult choice this year when the war broke out in Ukraine. ‘Five weeks after the start of the invasion we decided to withdraw from Russia, the most difficult decision I ever had to make.’
Hans Janssen (FrieslandCampina) on Putting Value on Sustainability

Hans Janssen (FrieslandCampina) on Putting Value on Sustainability

How can you help farmers invest in and recover the costs of sustainable milk production? Are consumers willing to pay extra for climate-neutral dairy? How do you measure and report on non-financial KPIs? Hans Janssen on the role of the CFO in focusing on sustainability and the associated dilemmas.
Tanja Cuppen (ABN AMRO) on the Future of the CRO

Tanja Cuppen (ABN AMRO) on the Future of the CRO

The function of risk is changing, says Tanja Cuppen, CRO of ABN AMRO. The range of tasks is becoming broader and there needs to be more focus on culture.
Elise Stevens-Fokkens: 'Make Time for Your Company Secretary'

Elise Stevens-Fokkens: 'Make Time for Your Company Secretary'

Secretaries can be important advisors and confidential counsellors to executive and supervisory board members. In practice, however, these roles are often underutilized.
Bill Baker (Wolters Kluwer) Focuses on Connection and Interaction

Bill Baker (Wolters Kluwer) Focuses on Connection and Interaction

In the eyes of Bill Baker, CHRO at Wolters Kluwer, returning to the office is therefore a precondition for success.
Hilde Garssen: Change Perspective and Vision for Remuneration

Hilde Garssen: Change Perspective and Vision for Remuneration

Hilde Garssen combines her executive role with a supervisory position. A combination that makes her the highest new Dutch woman in our Top-100 Corporate Women.
Sarah Russell: Chameleonic Regulator Who Brings the Outside In

Sarah Russell: Chameleonic Regulator

Sarah Russell is the highest new entrant in our Top 100 Corporate Women. She meets the criteria to be included in the list as a non-Dutch woman. And right at number 18!
Aniek Moonen: 'Use Generation Test to Determine Strategy'

Aniek Moonen: 'Use Generation Test to Determine Strategy'

The Chair of the Jonge Klimaatbeweging represents a generation that is certain to experience the effects of climate change. Hence, speaks out on politics and business.
The Best Practices of Top Non-Executive Director Jeroen van der Veer

The Best Practices of Top Non-Executive Jeroen van der Veer

Van der Veer, who holds mulitiple chairs, shares what he believes are best practices for effective supervision and 50 years of cumulative experience.
Investor Relations Is About Investing in Investors

Investor Relations Is About Investing in Investors

What is the state of play in the Netherlands with regard to investor relations? Three IR officers give their views on their position, which is subject to trends.
Peter van Meel Foresees Problems With the New Pension Plan

Peter van Meel Foresees Problems With the New Pension Plan

The introduction of the new pension plan has major implications for all stakeholders. ING pension fund director Peter van Meel sees loose ends: ‘Many things will soon ...
Frederic Barge (Reward Value) Wants to Change the Remuneration Culture

Frederic Barge Wants to Change the Remuneration Culture

The founder of Reward Value wants to show that a different way of the reward system allows companies to operate more sustainably and inclusively.
Céline Caveye (Fagron): 'You Need to Soak Up the Company Culture'

Céline Caveye (Fagron): 'You Need to Soak Up the Company Culture'

Fagron’s Global HR Director Céline Caveye wants to entice employees to go to the office in person more often. 'There is a lot of power in human encounters.'
Diversity and Inclusion in the New Corporate Governance Code

Diversity and Inclusion in the New Corporate Governance Code

The recently proposed revision in the area of D&I goes quite far. Many organizations will have to work hard to comply with the revised code, but it will also give opportunities.
Natalie Knight (Ahold Delhaize): 'Finance Accelerates the Sustainability Transition'

Natalie Knight (Ahold Delhaize): 'Finance Accelerates the Sustainability Transition'

Any company that truly commits to sustainability needs Finance to be part of that journey, says Natalie Knight.
Victor Prozesky (The Board Practice) Knows What Effective Boards Have In Common

Victor Prozesky Knows What Effective Boards Have In Common

The founder of The Board Practice knows the secret of well-functioning boards: “It is all about culture: Boardroom dynamics, communication and chemistry.”
Annemieke Roobeek: ‘The IRO Is Often Unconsciously Incompetent’

Annemieke Roobeek: ‘The IRO Is Often Unconsciously Incompetent’

The investor relations officer could be a very valuable strategic communicator, according to Roobeek, but she does not like the way the role looks now.
Folkert Pama (a.s.r.): 'Employers Must Deal with Pensions'

Folkert Pama (a.s.r.): 'Employers Must Deal with Pensions'

Under the new Dutch pension system, employees will need to reflect on their future financial position more closely than they currently do. What is needed to actually encourage them to take action and properly guide them in their decisions?
Five Critical Concerns for COOs

Five Critical Concerns for COOs

COOs must once again become co-owners of certain strategic areas. The COO must focus on these five steps to remain successful and to perpetuate his or her key position in the boardroom.
The CFO: Strategist, Operator, Steward or Catalyst?

The CFO: Strategist, Operator, Steward or Catalyst?

Companies face new reporting requirements, which force the CFO to analyze and reevaluate their own role, and the role of Finance as a whole.
The Road to an Updated Corporate Governance Code

The Road to an Updated Corporate Governance Code

Allen & Overy partner Charles Honée shares his thoughts on the consultation document with the proposed updates to the Dutch Corporate Governance Code.
Paul Polman: ‘Less Bad is Not Good Enough’

Paul Polman: ‘Less Bad is Not Good Enough’

Companies are under pressure from all sides to become more sustainable. In light of that, ex-Unilever CEO Paul Polman asks why change is not happening faster.
Kees Klomp: 'Only Intrinsic Motivation Results in Transition'

Kees Klomp: 'Only Intrinsic Motivation Results in Transition'

Nowadays, former advertising executive Kees Klomp is the driving force behind what he calls the ‘economy of meaning’ – focused on prosperity, well-being and welfare.
Linda Hovius Sees Professionalization In Supervision

Linda Hovius Sees Professionalization In Supervision

Linda Hovius combines her work as an independent boardroom consultant with supervisory positions, including those at Flow Traders and Royal FloraHolland.
The future, complexity and the illusion of control

The Future, Complexity and the Illusion of Control

Climate change, polarization and increasing wealth inequality make today’s world complex. CEOs deal with issues that arise from this.
Turnaround Needed for Real Change

Turnaround Needed for Real Change

Over the past few years, many companies have embraced sustainability ambitions. The next step is to make sustainability a well-integrated part of daily business operations.
Remuneration Requires New Knowledge

Remuneration Requires New Knowledge

Sustainable performance targets have an increasing impact on bonuses awarded to top executives. This brings new challenges, as emerges from this masterclass.
‘The Role of the Investor Relations Officer Should Not be Underestimated’

‘The Role of the Investor Relations Officer Should Not be Underestimated’

What are the shareholder's information requirements? And what role can the Investor Relations Officer (IRO) play?
Supervising Digital Transformation

Supervising Digital Transformation

Good supervision of the digital transformation requires Supervisory Board members who are eager to learn. Specific expertise is not needed, but experience with disruption can certainly help.
Hajir Hajji: Young, Multicultural and a Woman

Hajir Hajji: Young, Multicultural and a Woman

Hajir Hajji is non-executive director at Coolblue and CEO of Action. A nice combination of functions that rightfully deserves a mention in the Next50.
Ralf Wetzel: 'Connection Takes Courage'

Ralf Wetzel: 'Connection Takes Courage'

Vlerick professor Ralf Wetzel attended an improv theater class that turned his life upside down. Now he puts his findings into business. ‘You can find treasures.’
Jan Anne Schelling (Royal IHC): 'We Need to Strengthen Our Workforce'

Jan Anne Schelling (Royal IHC): 'We Need to Strengthen Our Workforce'

Jan Anne Schelling had just started as CHRO of Royal IHC when the shipbuilder fell on hard times and barely survived. Now ...
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