Supervisory Board

The task of the Supervisory Board is to supervise the policies of the Executive Board and the general state of affairs at a.s.r. Furthermore, the Supervisory Board provides the Executive Board with advice. The Supervisory Board consists of members from various professional backgrounds. They offer a.s.r. a wide range of experience and expertise in the financial sector, combined with an excellent reputation, verified by regulators.

For the Rules of Procedure Supervisory Board of ASR Nederland N.V. and other governance documents, go to the page Corporate Governance under 'Rules of Procedure a.s.r.'.

  • Joop Wijn
    Chair of the Supervisory Board, chair of the Nomination & ESG Committee and member of the Remuneration Committee

    Joop Wijn (NL, 1969) was State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Finance in the Balkenende I and Balkenende II cabinets from 2002 and Minister of Economic Affairs in the Balkenende III cabinet.

    From 2007 to 2009, Joop Wijn was a director at Rabobank Netherlands and from 2009 to 2017 he was a member of the Executive Board of ABN AMRO. Previously he was, among other things, a member of the Executive Board of Adyen, chair of the Oranjefonds, a member of the Supervisory Board of the Royal Jaarbeurs Utrecht, a member of the Supervisory Board of Stadsherstel Amsterdam and vice-chair of the Supervisory Board of Royal Schiphol Group.

    In 2021, Joop Wijn was appointed to the Supervisory Board and is also a member of NIBC Bank's Audit Committee and Risk Policy and Compliance Committee. Also, Joop Wijn is an advisor to the Blackstone Group.

    First appointed on: 28 October 2020
    Current term of office: 2024 - 2028 (AGM 2028)

  • Sonja Barendregt
    Member of the Supervisory Board and chair of the Audit and Risk Committee

    Sonja Barendregt (NL, 1957) was a (senior) partner at PwC between 1998 and 2017 specializing in the financial sector. She was also chair of PwC's International Pensiongroup, member of PwC's European Strategic Diversity Council, chair of the Pension Funds Industry Group, chair of the Investment Management Industry Group and member of the European Investment Management Leadership Team. From 2017 to April 2021, Sonja Barendregt was a member of the Supervisory Board of the Volksbank and also chair of the Audit Committee.

    Sonja Barendregt was appointed as a member of the Supervisory Board of Robeco Holding N.V. and Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. and chair of the Audit & Risk Committee in March 2018. She also chairs the Oversight Committee of Robeco Indices B.V.

    First appointed on: 31 May 2018
    Current term of office: 2022 – 2026 (AvA 2026)

  • Gisella van Vollenhoven
    Member of the Supervisory Board, chair of the Remuneration Committee and member of the Nomination & ESG Committee

    Gisella van Vollenhoven (NL, 1970) worked, among others, as Manager Corporate Accounts Employee Benefits at NN and as Senior Manager Credit Risk Management and Head Model Validation Corporate Risk Management at ING. Since 2013, Gisella van Vollenhoven worked at De Nederlandsche Bank where she was Director Division Supervision Onsite and Expertise Banks from 2014 to 2017 and Director Division Supervision Pensions from 2017 to April 2019.

    Gisella van Vollenhoven is a member of the Supervisory Board and chair of the Remuneration Committee of Waarborgfonds Sociale Woningbouw. In addition, she is a member of the Supervisory Board of BUNQ as of 1 March 2020. Also, as of 1 April 2020, Gisella van Vollenhoven is a member of the Supervisory Board of MUFG Bank (Europe) N.V. and as of 1 September 2020, she is appointed as (deputy) Council member of the Enterprise Chamber of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal. As of 1 April 2021, Gisella van Vollenhoven is a member of the Strategic Audit Committee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since January 2023, she is chair of the Chapter Zero Netherlands Foundation and as of March 2023, chair of the Supervisory Board of the 100Weeks Foundation. She is also a member of the EIOPA Insurance and Reinsurance Stakeholder Group.

    First appointed on: 30 October 2019
    Current term of office: 2023 - 2027 (AvA 2027)

  • Gerard van Olphen
    Vice chair of the Supervisory Board and member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Nomination & ESG Committee

    Gerard van Olphen (NL, 1962) started his career as an EDP system auditor at ABN AMRO after completing a master's degree in administrative information science. He also served as Manager Financial Information and CFRO at Reaal Insurance, CFO at NIB Capital and CEO at NIBC Asset Management. From 2002 to 2013, Gerard van Olphen was CFRO and subsequently vice chairman of the Executive Board of Achmea. From 2006 to 2008, Gerard van Olphen's responsibilities included the IT organization of Achmea and he was actively involved in setting up various IT start ups such as Inshared. 

    From 2013 to 2015, Gerard van Olphen was chair of the Executive Board of SNS Reaal (then Vivat). From March 2016 to March 2021, he was chair of the Board of Directors of APG. Gerard van Olphen has been appointed chair of the Supervisory Board of Volksbank as of August 13, 2021, and as of June 2022 he will be Independent Director of GP House B.V.

    First appointed on: 30 October 2019
    Current term of office: 2023 - 2027 (AvA 2027)

  • DaniĆ«lle Jansen Heijtmajer
    Member of the Supervisory Board, member of the Nomination & ESG Committee

    Daniëlle Jansen Heijtmajer (NL, 1960) started her career in 1981 at KPMG in the EDP audit section. Ten years later, she started at Shell. There she held various positions in several countries worldwide from 1991 to 2014, her last position was Vice President Group Pensions. Since 2014, she is Global Director Finance, Enterprise Risk Management & Shared Services at FrieslandCampina.

    Daniëlle Jansen Heijtmajer is a member of the Supervisory Board of Uber Payments B.V. and also chair of the Audit Committee. She is also a member of the EMFC Curatorium of Amsterdam Business School and a member of the Advisory Board, Economics & Business of the University of Amsterdam.

    First appointed on: 4 July 2023
    Current term of office: 2023 – 2027 (AvA 2027)

  • Lard Friese
    Member of the Supervisory Board, member of the Audit and Risk Committee

    Lard Friese (NL, 1962) has worked in the insurance sector for most of his professional career, including ten years at Aegon between 1993 and 2003. From 2008 he worked at ING and in 2014, upon completion of NN Group N.V.'s IPO, he became CEO of NN Group. Since 2020, he has been CEO and chair of the Executive Board and Management Board of Aegon N.V.

    Lard Friese is a member of the Board of Directors of the Geneva Association and a member of the Supervisory Board of Pon Holdings B.V.

    First appointed on: 4 July 2023
    Current term of office: 2023 - 2027 (AvA 2027)

  • Bob Elfring
    Member of the Supervisory Board, member of the Remuneration Committee and member of the Audit and Risk Committee

    Bob Elfring (NL, 1959) began his career in 1984 at former Amsterdam-Rotterdam Bank and subsequently held various (management) positions at Rabobank, Amsterdam Investment Bank, MeesPierson and Lehman Brothers, respectively. From 2008 to 2011, his responsibilities at Credit Suisse included Investment Banking in Northern Europe and the Benelux. From 2011 to 2018, Bob Elfring worked for Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where from 2012 he was responsible for Corporate and Investment Banking in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. From 2019 to 2021, Bob Elfring served as Senior Advisor to CVC Capital Partners. Until 1 May 2024, he was Vice Chair of EMEA Investment Banking at J.P. Morgan Securities plc.

    Bob Elfring is chair of the Supervisory Board of Vuyk Holding B.V. and a member of the Supervisory Board, Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee of Royal BAM Groep N.V.

    First appointed on: 29 May 2024
    Current term of office: 2024 - 2028 (AvA 2028)