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DNB appoints new divisional directors

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Effective 1 March 2024, Aerdt Houben will be our new Director of the European Banks Supervision Division, while Pieter‑Reinier Maat succeeds him as Director of the Financial Markets Division. Lex van 't Spijker succeeds Pieter‑Reinier as Director of the National Institutions Supervision Division.

Published: 05 February 2024

De Nederlandsche Bank

Aerdt Houben

Aerdt Houben will be the new Director of our European Banks Supervision (EUBA) Division, succeeding Thijs van Woerden, who will take up a position at the European Central Bank. Over the past years, Aerdt has headed the Financial Markets (FM) division, or the central bank's bank. Before that, he held senior positions in the Financial Stability, Supervision Policy and Monetary Policy divisions. Early in his career, he held a position at the IMF. Aerdt studied at the University of Groningen and obtained his PhD there. He is a professor of Financial Institutions and Policy at the University of Amsterdam.

Pieter‑Reinier Maat 

Pieter Reinier Maat succeeds Aerdt Houben as Director of the Financial Markets (FM) division. Over the past years, he has led the National Institutions Supervision (NATIN) Division, which supervises banks not under the direct supervision of the ECB, payment institutions and investment firms. Pieter‑Reinier started his career in 2000 as a markets trainee at ABN AMRO, and his first role was as a credit dealer. In 2004, he moved to London, where he held various managerial positions in the dealing rooms of ABN AMRO and RBS. He joined DNB in 2016. Pieter‑Reinier chairs DNB's Investment Committee. He studied Business Administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Lex van ‘t Spijker

Lex van 't Spijker will be the acting Director of our National Institutions Supervision (NATIN) Division. He currently heads the Medium-sized Banks department. After graduating with honours in Business Economics, he started at DNB as a supervision policy officer. Lex subsequently held various management positions in our Supervision Policy, European Banks Supervision and Insurance Supervision divisions. He is due to retire on 1 September 2024.