Rotterdam, 28 August 2017 –Robeco today announces the appointment of two new Executive Committee members as per 1 September 2017. Martin Nijkamp will join Robeco as Head of Strategic Product & Business Development. Maureen Bal will join as company secretary.
Mr. Nijkamp's main responsibility as head of the newly established Strategic Product & Business Development function will be to further align Robeco’s present product offering with its key commercial priorities and focus, as well as to add capabilities that complement the company’s current product range.
Mr. Nijkamp joins Robeco from NN Investment Partners and has 30 years of experience in the asset management industry. From 2008 – 2017 he was a member of NN Investment Partners’ management team, where his responsibilities included business strategy, integrated client solutions, retail oriented DC solutions and product management & development. Before that, he was managing director Institutional Business Development, covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Other positions include that of general manager Portfolio Management ING Investment Management Europe & Emerging Markets and senior economist. Mr. Nijkamp holds a Master’s degree in Macroeconomics from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.
Mrs. Bal’s focus areas as an Executive Committee member will include those of legal affairs and compliance. Mrs. Bal has 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Robeco, she was director Corporate Affairs & General Counsel as well as a member of the management team of APX Holding B.V. Other positions that Mrs. Bal has held include that of head of the Legal department of ING Bank’s Financial Markets business unit, legal manager Global Markets at Fortis Bank (Netherlands), senior legal counsel at MeesPierson and legal counsel at the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. Mrs. Bal obtained a Master’s degree in Dutch Law from Utrecht University (the Netherlands) in 1991 and a post Master’s degree in Company Law from Grotius Academy in Nijmegen (the Netherlands) in 1994.
Robeco’s Chief Executive Officer, Gilbert Van Hassel, said: “I’m very happy that Martin and Maureen will be joining the company and strengthening our Executive Committee. Martin is a visionary thinker with an impressive track record in innovation, and, equally important, someone who gets things done, thanks to his perseverance and strong interpersonal and leadership skills. Maureen brings with her excellent management skills and a broad perspective, which will enable her to further optimize cooperation across her areas of responsibility.”