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Executive Board

The day-to-day management of De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) rests with the Executive Board, consisting of a President and up to five Executive Board Members. They are appointed for terms of seven years. We introduce them here.

Klaas Knot, President

Klaas Knot

Klaas Knot has been President of DNB since 1 July 2011 and has served as Chair of the Financial Stability Board since 2 December 2021. He is also a member of the Governing Council and the General Council of the European Central Bank, member of the European Systemic Risk Board, member of the International Monetary Fund's Board of Governors and a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank for International Settlements.

Klaas holds several secondary positions. Since 2005, he has been professor of economics of central banking at the University of Groningen, and since 2015 he has also been honorary professor of monetary stability at the Economics and Business Department of the University of Amsterdam. Klaas has published a variety of articles in leading Dutch and international journals in the fields of monetary and financial economics. He is also a member of the Group of Thirty, a global body comprised of economic and financial leaders from the public and private sectors and academia.

Before assuming DNB’s presidency, Klaas Knot was Deputy Treasurer-General and Director of Financial Markets at the Dutch Ministry of Finance (2009–2011). Earlier, from 1995, he worked for DNB for almost twelve years in various positions including senior economist in the Monetary and Economic Policy Department and Director of the Supervisory Policy Division. At different intervals during this period, he was employed by the International Monetary Fund (1998-1999) and the former Pensions and Insurance Supervisory Authority of the Netherlands (2003-2004).

In 1991, he graduated with honours in economics from the University of Groningen. In 1995, he obtained his PhD in economics.

Date of birth: 14 April 1967, Onderdendam.

Steven Maijoor, Executive Board Member and Chair of Supervision

Steven Maijoor

Steven Maijoor has been Executive Board Member of Supervision since 1 April 2021. As of 1 February 2024 he is also Chair of Supervision. Steven's remit includes supervision of banks, supervision policy and legal services. Furthermore, he is a member of the Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank (ECB).

Before Steven joined DNB's Executive Board, he was Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), from 2011-2021. Between 2004 and 2011 he was a director at the Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM). Before that, he was a Professor of business economics (1994-2004) and Dean (2001-2004) at the School of Business and Economics at Maastricht University.

Steven graduated in business economics at the University of Groningen. He obtained his PhD in the same field at Maastricht University in 1991.

Date of birth: 3 February 1964 in Hong Kong.

Olaf Sleijpen, Executive Board Member of Monetary Affairs and Financial Stability

Olaf Sleijpen

As of 1 February 2020, Olaf Sleijpen was appointed Executive Board Member of Monetary Affairs at DNB. He is responsible for economic policy and research, financial stability, financial markets, payments and statistics. He is also an alternate member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB).

Olaf holds several secondary positions. Since 2007, he has been Professor of European Economic Policy at the Maastricht School of Business and Economics. Also, he has chaired the Supervisory Board of the Blue Fund, a network that aims to support LGBTQ emancipation, since 2014. Since 2018, he has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Peter Elverding Chair on Sustainable Business Regulation and Corporate Culture at Maastricht University. 

Before joining DNB's Executive Board, Olaf was Director of various supervision divisions. Between 2004 and 2011 he held various management positions at pension fund ABP and pension provider APG. Olaf worked previously for DNB between 1993 and 2004, as an economist and as the head of our Communications Department. From 2001 to 2004, he was an adviser to ECB President Wim Duisenberg.

In 1992, Olaf graduated with honours in economics at Maastricht University. He obtained his PhD in economics at the University of Groningen in 1999.

Date of birth: 10 August 1970, Wijlre.

Gita Salden, Executive Board Member of Supervision

Gita Salden

Gita Salden has been Executive Board Member of Supervision since 1 June 2024. Gita is responsible for supervision of pension funds and insurers, and horizontal functions and integrity supervision.

Before joining DNB’s Executive Board, Gita was CEO of BNG Bank (2018-2024). Prior to this, Gita was Deputy Treasurer-General and Director of Financial Markets at the Dutch Ministry of Finance (2012-2017). During this time she chaired the Dutch Money Wise platform, which promotes responsible financial behaviour.

Earlier (2010-2011) Gita worked as Financial Counsellor to the Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the European Union in Brussels. From 1992 to 2011, Gita worked at the Ministry of Finance in various management positions. In the period 2007-2010, she led crisis management teams during a period of major interventions in the Dutch financial sector.

Gita graduated in General Economics from Erasmus University in Rotterdam in 1992.

Date of birth: 6 August 1968 in Dordrecht.

Cindy van Oorschot, Executive Board Member of Internal Operations and Resolution

Cindy van Oorschot

Cindy van Oorschot has been Executive Board Member of Internal Operations and Resolution since 1 July 2024. Cindy is responsible for Finance & Risk, Data & IT, Operational Management, Sustainability, HR and Resolution.

Cindy has a long track record in the Dutch financial sector and has worked at DNB since 1998. In her previous position as Director of the Pension Supervision Division, she was responsible for the prudential supervision of the Dutch pension sector.

Before then, Cindy held several other management positions, including as head of the Intervention & Enforcement Department, the International Insurance Groups Supervision Department, the Risk & ALM Expert Centre and the Asset Management Department.

In recent years she also chaired the Deposit Guarantee Fund, National Resolution Fund and Investor Compensation Fund.

Cindy studied economics at Tilburg University, specialising in financial economics.

Date of birth: 4 December 1974, Rucphen

Curriculum vitae

Curriculum vitae Klaas Knot (English)

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Curriculum vitae Steven Maijoor (English)

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Curriculum vitae Olaf Sleijpen (English)

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Curriculum vitae Gita Salden (English)

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Curriculum vitae Cindy van Oorschot (English)

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