Former Ahold Delhaize CEO Dick Boer is the new most influential Supervisory Board member in the Netherlands. Hereby the top position is filled, ‘as usual’, by a man with a traditional profile, but the other positions on the podium went to two women who earned their spurs. Also: The majority of newcomers are still men and boardrooms still mainly comprise people in their 60s and 70s. Where are the millennials?
> Read our analysis of the list here: Analysis Top 100 Non-Executive Directors 2023
Former Ahold Delhaize CEO Dick Boer is the new most influential Supervisory Board member in the Netherlands. Hereby the top position is filled once again, a person with a traditional profile: Male, former CEO of an AEX company and in his 60s (see Dick Boer: New Number 1 in Top-100 Non-Executive Directors 2023). Boer has amassed a thriving portfolio of supervisory positions since stepping down from the supermarket group in 2018: At family conglomerate SHV, food giant Nestlé and oil and gas company Shell. Recently, he was also appointed Supervisory Board Chair of struggling meal delivery company Just Eat Takeaway.
Following positions at law firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek and Shell, Van der Meer Mohr's career developed in the field of Human Resources (initially at TNT, then at ABN AMRO). She later accepted the role of Executive Board Chair at Erasmus University Rotterdam. She had a winding career of broad, multidisciplinary experience, compared to the often linear, one-dimensional path to the top of many male Supervisory Board members. This year she added two supervisory positions to her portfolio: At NN and Ahold Delhaize. This makes her both the fastest climber on the list – from no. 60 to no. 2 – and the highest-ranking woman.
Petri Hofsté drops two places this year, after having been in first place for three years. She did not leave any positions this year, her drop is only related to stiff competition. Hofsté holds supervisory positions at Rabobank, insurer Achmea, Fugro and family concern Pon and is a four-time chairman of an audit committee.
As with Petri Hofsté, Feike Sijbesma's positions did not change, he also dropped two places due to the rise of Dick Boer and Pauline van der Meer Mohr. The former DSM CEO is chairman of the supervisory board of Philips, non-executive at Unilever and supervisory director at De Nederlandsche Bank. He also holds a number of international advisory roles, such as at the World Economic Forum.
Annet Aris dropped one place this year. With her supervisory directorships at Rabobank, Randstad and ASML, Aris has been a fixture in the upper echelons of the Top 100 Supervisory Directors for years. In 2019, she was leading the Top-100 Corporate Women. Aris has an international focus in her portfolio, specialising in digital transformation.
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A non-exec is eligible if they hold two or more positions as a Supervisory Board member or Director with the most important businesses in the Netherlands. By this, we mean companies that are listed on the AEX, AMX (MidCap), or AScX (SmallCap) index and unlisted companies with equity in excess of 500 million Euros.
Allocation of Points
The Supervisory Board members are awarded points based on the amount of equity held by the companies where they hold a position. Supervisory positions for these businesses are worth more points than executive roles. In addition, the non-executive directors receive points for Chairmanships of Supervisory Boards, Chairman positions on Boards of Directors, and Chairmanships of audit, remuneration and nomination committees.
Finally, points are awarded for supervisory roles for large overseas companies, universities, universities of applied science, hospitals, and other large businesses.
The cut-off date for the rankings is 1 November 2022.