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Rotterdam, 11 December 2015 – Today, Robeco announces the appointments of Mr. Bert Bruggink to the Supervisory Board and Mr. Roland Toppen to the Management Board of Robeco Groep N.V. (Robeco).
Mr. Bert Bruggink is appointed as Chairman and member of the Supervisory Board as of 1 January 2016. Bert Bruggink succeeds Dick Verbeek who has stepped down as Chairman of the Supervisory Board as of 9 December after the ending of his term. Dick Verbeek was appointed to the Supervisory Board of Robeco in 2001 and last reappointed in 2011.
Mr. Makoto Inoue, President and Chief Executive Officer of ORIX Corporation and member of Robeco’s Supervisory Board, said: “I want to thank Mr. Dick Verbeek for his substantial efforts for the company over the past fourteen years, in particular his very valuable contribution to the process of sale of Robeco to ORIX Corporation and the subsequent transition period. I am confident that in Mr. Bert Bruggink we have found an excellent successor for Mr. Dick Verbeek. His long track-record and experience in the financial industry and his knowledge of Robeco make him the perfect person for the role of Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Robeco”.
Bert Bruggink is a member of the Executive Board and Chief Financial & Risk Officer of Rabobank until 31 December 2015. He was appointed to the Rabobank Executive Board in 2004, having begun his Rabobank career in 1986. Bert Bruggink will act as an independent Chairman and member of the Supervisory Board of Robeco.
Mr. Roland Toppen is appointed as member of the Management Board, responsible for Finance, as of 1 December 2015. Roland Toppen has held various positions at Robeco since 1993, including most currently Head of Group Corporate Development & Business Control. From 2005 to 2008 he was the CFO of Robeco Investment Management in the USA. Roland Toppen will be responsible for the Group Finance, Group Fiscal Affairs, Business Control and Central Purchasing departments.