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From Activist Shareholders To Tax Developments: Ready For AGM Season?

From Activist Shareholders To Tax Developments: Ready For AGM Season?

Shareholder meeting season is once again upon us. What does the agenda for the next AGM look like? Management Scope and Allen & Overy addressed that question at a seminar for company secretaries. From activist shareholders to tax developments, here is what sets the agenda.

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Michiel Lap: ‘The No-Goes of a Supervisory Director’

Michiel Lap: ‘The No-Goes of a Supervisory Director’

It is not the increasing complexity that makes the work of executives and supervisory directors challenging these days, says multi-supervisory director Michiel Lap. Much more important, he believes, is the pace and scope of all changes. ‘Being fully proficient at everything is impossible. Curiosity and willingness to learn are crucial.’
Project In-Depth Governance: ‘Ethical Dilemmas Lead to Tension’

Project In-Depth Governance: ‘Ethical Dilemmas Lead to Tension’

With their project In-Dept Governance, Rob Blomme and Patrick Nullens address a complex problem: the clash between business considerations and personal conviction. ‘Directors need to become aware of that tension.’
Suzanne van Niekerk (ABN Amro): ‘Oversimplification Is Challenging’

Suzanne van Niekerk (ABN Amro): ‘Oversimplification Is Challenging’

ABN AMRO CHRO Suzanne van Niekerk builds a diverse workforce. This means dealing with different generations, cultures and views in the company. So how does a company remain unified with an inclusive atmosphere? Van Niekerk listens and continuously engages in the conversation - with success. Yet even she sometimes runs up against the limits of psychological safety, as insensitivity from society does seep into companies. ‘The tone. The disparagement.’
Paul de Krom: ‘Mobility services are the future’

Paul de Krom (Louwman Group): ‘Mobility Services Are the Future’

The Louwman Group is transitioning from car importer to mobility service provider. Paul de Krom has been the new CEO of the family business since spring 2023. ‘The essence of this company is our automotive activities, but our ambition is mobility for life.’
Bernhard Kaufmann (NN Group): ‘Good Listening Is Part of Dutch Culture’

Bernhard Kaufmann (NN Group): ‘Good Listening Is Part of Dutch Culture’

Bernhard Kaufmann, Chief Risk Officer of NN Group, tells about his experiences as a foreign executive in a Dutch boardroom.
Gitte Kristiansen: ‘Absence Management Should Be on the Board Agenda’

Gitte Kristiansen: ‘Absence Management Should Be on the Board Agenda’

Companies can do much more in the fight against absenteeism, according to Gitte Kristiansen. 'A culture of prevention must resonate in every boardroom.'
Sustainable Transformation Makes Any Business More Robust

Sustainable Transformation Makes Any Business More Robust

What are the challenges for the manufacturing industry in designing sustainable products? A conversation about lofty ideals and the sometimes-unruly practice.
How Chapter Zero Is Helping Supervisory Directors With Sustainability

How Chapter Zero Is Helping Supervisory Directors With Sustainability

Chapter Zero brings together supervisory directors dealing with the consequences of climate change. Board member Caroline Zegers gives an insight into what supervisory directors can expect.
Top 100 Non-Executive Directors: Not A Seismic Shift by Any Means

Top 100 Non-Executive Directors 2024: No Seismic Shift

Former Ahold Delhaize CEO Dick Boer is once again the most influential Supervisory Director of the Netherlands, and the runner-up remains unchanged too. We see not more, but in fact fewer female Supervisory Directors, and a lack of rejuvenation. Supervision does seem to become more international.
Pauline van der Meer Mohr: ‘A Virtual Colleague On The Board, Why Not?’

Pauline van der Meer Mohr: ‘A Virtual Colleague On The Board, Why Not?’

Pauline van der Meer Mohr belongs to the old guard, but she is not afraid of modernization. She has no objection to a board that ‘employs’ an AI device. However, she does worry about (potential) colleagues who would no longer be interested in being a Supervisory Board member because of legalization.
Bram Schot: ‘Make Use of the Competences of Non-Executives’

Bram Schot: ‘Make Use of the Competences of Non-Executives’

Bram Schot he decided to focus exclusively on non-executive roles, after intensive years as an executive in the automotive industry. Now he draws parallels and builds connections for the various boards where he is involved. ‘You have a responsibility to leverage your network and cross-pollinate.’
Mariken Tannemaat: ‘I Believe in Situational Succession Planning’

Mariken Tannemaat: ‘I Believe in Situational Succession Planning’

Mariken Tannemaat keeps a keen eye on whether the new, maturing talent has the right competences to take the organization forward. But we should not ask too much either: ‘I am sometimes apprehensive that the list of competences required of future CEOs is becoming too extensive.’
Pieter Heij (HEMA) On An Efficient Logistics Chain

Pieter Heij (HEMA) On An Efficient Logistics Chain

HEMA is doing well. What does this mean for logistics operations, the backbone of any well-functioning retail company? Chief Technology Officer Pieter Heij is not secretive about how he optimizes logistical activities at HEMA.
Employee Well-Being: Attention To the Human Behind the Job Description

Employee Well-Being: Attention To the Human Behind the Job Description

Employee well-being will be one of the hot topics in the boardroom in 2024. The theme seamlessly aligns with current actualities.
Gerben Everts (VEB): ‘Do Not Let Financial Analysts Guide You’

Gerben Everts (VEB): ‘Do Not Let Financial Analysts Guide You’

The director of the VEB voices his opinion on the role that shareholders play in the transition of companies and what they expect from the company of the future.
The COO Operates Innovatively And Beyond Established Frameworks

The COO Operates Innovatively And Beyond Established Frameworks

The role of the COO varies, and so do the challenges. There are also similarities. What unites COOs, and in what way is their role changing?
‘Legal + GenAI’: Ample Opportunities for The Taking

‘Legal + GenAI’: Ample Opportunities for The Taking

There is a field of tension between Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the legal profession. At the same time, ‘legal + GenAI’ is a great combination.
The First 100 Days as Executive Director at KPN

The First 100 Days as Executive Director at KPN

On her first hundred days as Member of the Executive Board of KPN, Chantal Vergouw says: ‘Taking off your gym shoes and putting on your running shoes.’
Philippe Vollot (Rabobank) on living and working in the Netherlands

Philippe Vollot (Rabobank) on Living and Working in the Netherlands

Rabobank's Chief Financial Economic Crime Officer shares his experiences of acclimatizing in this country and at the bank.
Three female executives on generative artificial intelligence: ‘GenAI is een enorme call to action’

Female Executives Discuss Generative Artificial Intelligence: ‘A Significant Call to Action’

No organization can afford to adopt a wait-and-see attitude towards GenAI, according to the three experts at our roundtable.
Brian Tjemkes on public-private partnerships: 'Everyone is working on their own piece of the puzzle'

Brian Tjemkes on Public-Private Collaboration

What does collaboration involve, what are the pitfalls, and how do you ensure that collaboration bears fruit? In practice, collaboration often proves to be challenging.
Annemarie van Doorn and Elisabeth Post: ‘Direction Needed In Sustainability Efforts’

Annemarie van Doorn and Elisabeth Post: ‘Direction Needed In Sustainability Efforts’

A lack of coordination is causing missed opportunities, this conversation about energy scarcity and future prospects shows.
Is your organization ready for the human revolution?

Is your organization ready for the human revolution?

Employees are demanding that their organizations take into account what they consider important: from psychological and social safety to diversity and inclusion.
The Wtp: urgent advice to employers

The Wtp: urgent advice to employers

In recent months, Joost de Visser analyzed the pluses and minuses of the Future Pensions Act (Wtp). The conclusion: employers are too passive.
The CFO’s View of The Digital Future

The CFO’s View of The Digital Future

Where in the race is the CFO when it comes to economic outlook, sustainability, and digitalization? This CFO Survey reveals significant investments in AI.
Dominique Hermans (Randstad): 'Make labor circular'

Dominique Hermans (Randstad): ‘Labor Must Go Circular Too’

The Chief Executive of Northern Europe at Randstad aims to push the boundaries and transform the labour market. This involves embracing ecosystem thinking.
Gerdi Verbeet and Marguerite Soeteman-Reijnen (Siemens): ‘New Oxygen for the Board’

‘A Breath of Fresh Air for the Board’

Gerdi Verbeet bids farewell as supervisory director of Siemens Netherlands. Marguerite Soeteman-Reijnen takes her place. Verbeet offers advice to her successor.
Jeanine Helthuis on board effectiveness

Jeanine Helthuis on Board Effectiveness

Jeanine Helthuis has substantial experience as an executive but nowadays dedicates her time exclusively to supervisory board positions. She observes that the members of these two bodies need each other and can strengthen each other.
Thomas Mulder (VodafoneZiggo): 'Take hybrid working very seriously'

Thomas Mulder: ‘My Advice Is to Take Hybrid Work Seriously’

VodafoneZiggo strongly believes in working sometimes from home and sometimes from the office. This applies to employees and executives alike.
Jolanda Sappelli (a.s.r.): 'Closing the pay gap contributes to talent development'

Jolanda Sappelli (a.s.r.): 'Closing the Gender Pay Gap Contributes to Talent Development'

In three years, companies in Europe with a significant gender pay gap may risk fines and claims. This poses a challenge as the pay gap in the Netherlands is widening. Not at insurer a.s.r., however, as they managed to close the pay gap successfully. CHRO Jolanda Sappelli explains how they achieved this result.
Pension Advisor Jacintha van Bijnen-Den Haag (Aon): ‘Companies Face Significant Challenges’

Pension Advisor Jacintha van Bijnen-Den Haag: ‘Companies Face Significant Challenges’

Jacintha van Bijnen-Den Haag describes herself as ‘Wtp-critical’ considering the new Future Pensions Act.
Karin van Baardwijk (Robeco): ‘What Matters Is The Change I Bring’

Karin van Baardwijk: ‘What Matters Is The Change I Bring’

According to Karin van Baardwijk it is precisely because she thinks differently from many others in the company, that she can take an open view of issues.
Wim Blaauw On The Enormous Digital Development Of IKEA

Wim Blaauw On The Enormous Digital Development Of IKEA

Despite no digital background, IKEA’s chief digital officer went on to lead the digital transformation at the group level. Since then, great strides have been made.
Directors, Adhere To Your Own Cybersecurity Policy

Directors, Adhere To Your Own Cybersecurity Policy

In view of the new NIS2 directive, managing cyber risks should be getting more attention - especially as the directive is transposed into national legislation.
Boudewijn Siemons (Port of Rotterdam): ‘Safety Is Something You Owe Each Other’

Boudewijn Siemons (Port of Rotterdam): ‘Safety Is Something You Owe Each Other’

The COO of the Port of Rotterdam sees physical and psychological safety as the foundation for effective operations.
Masterclass Remuneration: ‘Take The Shareholder By The hand’

Masterclass Remuneration: ‘Take The Shareholder By The hand’

During a remuneration masterclass, company secretaries were updated on current developments and trends. They can help ensure that shareholders approve the company’s remuneration policy and -report.
Carolina Wielinga (BDR Thermea): ‘Do Not Compete On Sustainability’

Carolina Wielinga (BDR Thermea): ‘Do Not Compete On Sustainability’

Carolina Wielinga knows the heat infrastructure inside out. She sees that the energy transition can only succeed if all parties in the sector work together.
Harold van den Broek (Heineken): ‘No Blank Cheques On ESG Designation’

Harold van den Broek (Heineken): ‘No Blank Cheques On ESG Designation’

Heineken’s CFO Harold van den Broek has to not only keep the brewer on track financially, but also safeguard the sustainability line.
Masterclass Artificial Intelligence: ‘ChatGPT Is Not That Clever’

Masterclass Artificial Intelligence: ‘ChatGPT Is Not That Clever’

In this masterclass, opportunities, risks and ethical dilemmas of artificial intelligence are reviewed. The urgent advice is: ‘Ensure the boardroom’s knowledge on AI is in order.’
The Nomination Committee is No Longer Inferior to the Audit Committee

The Nomination Committee is No Longer Inferior to the Audit Committee

Two seasoned Nomination Committee chairpersons share their experiences and best practices.
The three-pronged approach called partner pension becomes a complicated puzzle

The Partner Pension Becomes A Complicated Puzzle

The new pension system does not leave the partner pension unaffected. Employers need to act soon in order to prevent problems for the surviving relatives of employees.
Bart Leurs (Rabobank): ‘We Implemented A Temporary AI Stop’

Bart Leurs (Rabobank): ‘We Implemented A Temporary AI Stop’

Bart Leurs talks enthusiastically about the opportunities associated with the Artificial Intelligence era and how he is preparing the organization in this area.
Andrew Bester (ING): ‘Never Served on Such a Diverse Board Before’

Andrew Bester: ‘Never Served on Such a Diverse Board Before’

What is it like to enter the Dutch Boardroom as a ‘global citizen’? How did Andrew Bester, head of ING Wholesale Banking, acclimatize and how did his onboarding help?
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