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Press release | 21 December 2015

Van Lanschot Supervisory Board appoints Willy Duron as Chairman

Van Lanschot announces that Tom de Swaan has resigned as Chairman of the Supervisory Board. He will be succeeded by Willy Duron, who has been a member of the Supervisory Board since 2007, and was appointed for a third four-year term by Van Lanschot’s Annual Shareholders Meeting in May this year. Mr. Duron worked at KBC, the Belgian bank, from 1998 to 2006, the last years as Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. de Swaan resigned as Chairman of the Supervisory Board in view of his appointment as ad interim Chief Executive Officer of Zürich, the Swiss insurance company, on the 1st of December.

Jos Streppel, Vice-Chairman of Van Lanschot Supervisory Board: “We are grateful to Tom for his years of service as Chairman of our Board. In this capacity, his clear and decisive stewardship shaped the success of the company. We are delighted that, in Willy Duron, we have someone within our ranks to step into the role of Chairman. His appointment ensures continuity in the Supervisory Board. Furthermore, with his experience as former Chief Executive Officer of KBC, he can prove of great value as a sounding board for management.”

The Supervisory Board of Van Lanschot now comprises: Willy Duron (Chairman), Jos Streppel (Deputy Chairman), Jeanine Helthuis, Bernadette Langius, Godfried van Lanschot and Tom de Swaan.

Willy Duron (Belgium, 1945) is honorary Chairman of KBC Group, where he worked from 1998 to 2006. He was Chief Executive Officer of KBC from 2003 to 2006. From 1970 to 1997, he worked in various positions at insurance company ABB. Alongside his Supervisory Board role at Van Lanschot, he is a non-executive board member of Agfa-Gevaert NV, and a director of University Hospitals Leuven.

The appointment of Willy Duron as Chairman of the Supervisory Board is pending approval by the regulator DNB.


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