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Robeco finds next CEO from within own ranks

Karin-van-Baardwijk CEO RobecoKarin van Baardwijk is to be the next chief executive officer of Dutch asset manager Robeco, taking up the role in January 2022 and succeeding Gilbert Van Hassel.

Van Baardwijk has been with Robeco since 2006. Currently deputy CEO and chief operating officer, she has also worked as head of operational risk management and chief information officer.

Also, having been part of Robeco’s executive committee since 2015, van Baardwijk has played a role in developing and executing Robeco’s corporate strategy for 2021–2025.

Van Baardwijk said: “It is an honor to be appointed CEO of Robeco. I am very excited to lead Robeco and proud to add to its long history that goes back for 90 years of serving clients. Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do and I personally stand for. I look forward to further driving Robeco’s strategic 2021-2025 agenda, to build on the momentum we have and to accelerate growth in all our key strengths.”

Meanwhile, the departing CEO van Hassel, who will remain in place until December 31, will re-locate back to the US where he will assume a senior role for Orix Group.

He said: “I am very grateful for my tenure at Robeco and to have had the opportunity to lead such an incredibly skilled organization with so many bright and talented people. Robeco is in a great place and with Karin, I have the utmost confidence that Robeco and its clients are in good hands.”

He added that he looked forward to being reunited with his family.

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