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Franca Vossen renounces her position as CRO a.i. Triodos Bank

Franca Vossen renounces her position as CRO a.i. Triodos Bank

Triodos Bank announced on May 16 that the appointment of Franca Vossen as Chief Risk Officer a.i. will be withdrawn. She will leave the company at the end of July. Read more

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. ‘Finance has a tangible impact on Ahold Delhaize’s sustainability transition, and sustainability is helping us redefine the future of finance.’
Victor Prozesky (The Board Practice) Knows What Effective Boards Have In Common

Victor Prozesky (The Board Practice) Knows What Effective Boards Have In Common

Effective boards can deal with difficult situations without putting collaborative relationships under strain. They do not view assessment as a duty, but rather as a stepping stone towards better supervision.
Annemieke Roobeek: ‘The IRO Is Often Unconsciously Incompetent’

Annemieke Roobeek: ‘The IRO Is Often Unconsciously Incompetent’

According to the Nyenrode professor, the investor relations officer could be a very valuable strategic communicator, the man or woman who enters the discussion with investors in a no-nonsense manner and provides feedback internally. However, 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.
Next50 Non-Executive Directors: These are the Upcoming Supervisors

Next50 Non-Executive Directors: These are the Upcoming Supervisors

Making way for fresh talent: Next50’s top 10 is all-new. The list reveals that demand for tech and HR talent is on the rise.
‘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.’
Joëlle Frijters: The Digital Non-executive Director

Joëlle Frijters: The Digital Non-executive Director

Joëlle Frijters recently started as a non-executive at CM.com. That appointment fits seamlessly into her portfolio, that has a strong focus on digitization.
Nitin Paranjpe Highest-Ranking Foreign Non-Executive in Next50 2022

Nitin Paranjpe Highest-Ranking Foreign Non-Executive in Next50

Nitin Paranjpe is a coo at Unilever and, thanks to his supervisory position at Heineken, the highest non-Dutch non-executive director in this Next50.
Roderick Munsters: From Investing Superpower to Professional Non-Executive Director

From Investing Superpower to Professional Non-Executive

Roderick Munsters is the new captain of the Next50. He was already a non-executive director, but his chairmanship at Athora Netherlands ensured his top position.
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 ...
From Process-Oriented to Meaningful Reporting

From Process-Oriented to Meaningful Reporting

The Dutch Corporate Governance Code will be updated this year. The Corporate Governance Code Monitoring Committee aims to improve the quality of substantive ...
Eben Albertyn (VodafoneZiggo) on the balance between customer and technolgy

Eben Albertyn (VodafoneZiggo) on the Balance Between Customer and Technolgy

Eben Albertyn, Executive Director of Technology at VodafoneZiggo, has a sobering look at technology. ‘Clients want ...
Pauline van der Meer Mohr on the Actualization of the Dutch Corporate Governance Code

Pauline van der Meer Mohr on the Actualization of the Dutch Corporate Governance Code

The Chair of the Corporate Governance Code Monitoring Committee, Pauline van der Meer Mohr, will shortly send a letter of ...
Jeroen Rijpkema (Triodos): 'Securing the long-term mission takes courage'

'Securing the Long-Term Mission Takes Courage'

Jeroen Rijpkema, Triodos Bank's new CEO, faces a transition in leadership, organizational structure and capital structure. ‘I realize it might hurt.’
The First 100 Days as CHRO at Wolters Kluwer

The First 100 Days as CHRO at Wolters Kluwer

‘The pandemic is an opportunity to cultivate a sense of belonging for employees. That is a real focus area for us going forward, because at the end of the day, we are a ...
Fieke van der Lecq: Executives and Pensions, a Difficult Topic

Fieke van der Lecq: Executives and Pensions, a Difficult Topic

Professor Fieke van der Lecq, pension market expert, does understand that executives are taking a “wait-and-see” approach to the new pension system, but ...
Women's quota? The newcomer is a man

Women's quota? The newcomer is a man

Petri Hofsté is the most influential non-executive director in the Netherlands for the third year running. Furthermore: Despite the upcoming quota for women, we again ...
Jeroen Drost (SHV): “There is Leeway for Strong Wills”

Jeroen Drost (SHV): 'There is Leeway for Strong Wills'

Managing a large family company has its benefits. You do not have to report to anonymous shareholders, and you have the freedom to work on long-term continuity.
Frits Eulderink (Vopak): 'Getting ready for our role in the new world trade'

Frits Eulderink: 'Getting ready for our role in the new world trade'

With 71 terminals for the storage of chemicals, gas and oil in 23 countries, Vopak is experiencing the energy transition up close. COO Frits Eulderink on how the ...
Feike Sijbesma: ‘ Nobody Can Be Successful In A World That Is Failing’

Feike Sijbesma: ‘Nobody Can Be Successful In A World That Is Failing’

Former DSM CEO Feike Sijbesma is still intensely concerned with the global food and climate problem from various roles.
Eelco Blok: ‘Greenwashing is unacceptable’

Eelco Blok: ‘Greenwashing is unacceptable’

Eelco Blok has found his calling as a non-executive director. According to Blok, non-execs play a crucial role in the most important current theme: sustainability.
This Innovation Non-Exec Wants to Make Companies Sustainable, Inclusive and Future Proof

This Innovation Non-Exec Wants to Make Companies Sustainable, Inclusive and Future Proof

At number 72 in the Top 100 Non-Executive Directors, we find Mariken Tannemaat. A newcomer, and one of the younger ...
‘Challenging management to achieve sustainable value creation’

‘Challenging management to achieve sustainable value creation’

Corien Wortmann-Kool is the second biggest climber in the Top 100 Non-Executive Directors. A new non-exec role at DSM in addition to her position as CEO of ABP ...
Love And Pain In The Boardroom

Love And Pain In The Boardroom

Tjahny Bercx is number 30 in the Top 100 Non-Executive Directors, a high ranking newcomer. He is Chief People & Performance Officer at LeasePlan and was already a non-exec of ProRail. This year, ...
Sibylle Würthner (TenneT): ‘We Need to Repair the Foundation First’

Sibylle Würthner (TenneT): ‘We Need to Repair the Foundation First’

Exclusief online When Sibylle Würthner started as Director People at TenneT in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, she ...
Marnix van Stiphout (ING): ‘The COO Needs to be More Assertive’

Marnix van Stiphout (ING): ‘The COO Needs to be More Assertive’

In the old days, the business end told the Operations department what to do, but today Operations has much more of a say. There is a good reason why the COO is ...
Robert Jan van de Kraats on the Link Between Remuneration and ESG Policy

Robert Jan van de Kraats on the Link Between Remuneration and ESG Policy

Sustainable value creation may be rewarded, in the case of unsustainable behavior the bonus should be cut, according to ...
Eric Rondolat (Signify): 'We can solve global issues with light'

Eric Rondolat (Signify): 'We can solve global issues with light'

Solar-powered street lights, cultivating tomatoes underground, transmitting data through light, and building a 5G network through lampposts. Eric Rondolat sees ...
Simone Huis in ’t Veld (Euronext) on SPACs and Other Business Models on the Stock Market

Simone Huis in ’t Veld on SPACs and Other Business Models on the Stock Market

Simone Huis in 't Veld (CEO Euronext Amsterdam) talks about the advantages of European collaboration, SPACs and the ...
CFO and CHRO: Get Started with the Implementation of the New Pension Scheme Immediately

CFO and CHRO: Get Started with the Implementation of the New Pension Scheme Immediately

As it currently stands, the new Dutch Pension Act will come into effect in 2023. That seems far away, and there are still ...
Peter Agnefjäll: 'As a Leader, I Do Not Limit Myself to My Formal Role'

Peter Agnefjäll: 'I Do Not Limit Myself to My Formal Role'

Peter Agnefjäll exchanged the CEO position of IKEA for the role of Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Ahold Delhaize. He discusses his onboarding.
Bart Leurs (Rabobank) on Customer Data Collection: ‘Full Transparency is Essential’

Bart Leurs (Rabobank) on Customer Data Collection: 'Full Transparency is Essential'

The Dutch financial sector manages a large amount of customer data. Bart Leurs describes how this brings about ...
Three Non-Execs on How to Supervise Fast-Growers

Three Non-Execs on How to Supervise Fast-Growers

When a fast-growing company has to appoint a supervisory board, it means that the CEO or founder has to get used to the fact that he or she is no longer the boss.
This Is How Vattenfall's CEO Anna Borg Tackles the Energy Transition

This Is How Vattenfall's CEO Anna Borg Tackles the Energy Transition

Energy company Vattenfall wants to speed up the energy transition in several areas at the same time. CEO Anna Borg realizes this process by embracing the right priorities ...
David Knibbe (NN Group) on Societal Impact at the Core of a Company

David Knibbe (NN Group) on Societal Impact at the Core of a Company

As a major financial service provider, NN Group can make a significant societal difference, according to CEO David Knibbe.
Robert Metzke (Philips): 'No Sustainability Strategy but a Sustainable Strategy'

Robert Metzke (Philips): 'No Sustainability Strategy but a Sustainable Strategy'

Healthtech company Philips aims to improve the lives of billions of people with meaningful innovations and access to ...
Christine Poon and Jeroen van der Veer (Philips) on the International Board

Christine Poon and Jeroen van der Veer on the International Board

Eight supervisory directors, six nationalities and 14 time zones: how does the international Supervisory Board of Philips function?
ESG Goals in the Remuneration Policy

ESG in the Remuneration Policy

Diane Griffioen (ABP) and Mirte Bronsdijk (APG Asset Management) would like executive remuneration to be better aligned with the company's performance and strategy.
Laurence Mulliez: 'Good decoding is necessary'

Laurence Mulliez: 'Good decoding is necessary'

How do foreign supervisory directors experience their supervisory role at a Dutch company? Laurence Mulliez (SBM Offshore) points out the usefulness of an ...
Smaranda Boros on How to Prepare for The Great Reset

Smaranda Boros on How to Prepare for The Great Reset

The ‘Great Reset’ asks for bravely facing uncertainty and discomfort, instead of giving in to escape phantasies to alleviate our anxiety. Only if we are ready to ...
Arjen Dorland on the Increasing Complexity of Remuneration

Arjen Dorland on the Increasing Complexity of Remuneration

Executive remuneration attracts a great deal of attention. Arjen Dorland searches for reasonableness in the remuneration of executive directors and takes a stand ...
Internationalization of Supervision is a Challenge

Internationalization of supervision is a challenge

Bridging the covert differences in mores, culture and behaviour is decisive for the successful functioning of international boards. The key to this is a thorough ...
Import Supervisory Directors

Import Supervisory Directors

Six out of ten supervisors at AEX-listed companies come from abroad. Half of the foreign supervisory directors have an Anglo-American background. Emerging markets are hardly represented.
About the Essence of Inclusion

About the essence of inclusion

Online only If you isolate yourself as a CEO, are no longer open to the opinions of others and continue to proclaim your own ‘gospel’ with a blind, burning desire, you will become detached from your organization and your ...
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