• Gijsbert de Zoeten has been appointed as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
He steps up from his current position as SVP Finance of LeasePlan’s European leasing business.
• Franca Vossen is LeasePlan’s new Chief Risk Officer (CRO), responsible for Risk, Compliance, Privacy, Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Social Responsibility. She joins LeasePlan from DLL, the leasing division of the Rabobank Group.
CFO Gijsbert de Zoeten and CRO Franca Vossen take on most of the responsibilities held by Chief Financial and Risk Officer (CFRO) Guus Stoelinga who, as announced in March, has decided to step down after more than 25 years with the company, of which he spent 10 years as CF(R)O. To prepare for its next stage of development, LeasePlan considers it essential to have dedicated CRO and CFO functions. Guus Stoelinga will continue to provide advice and support to LeasePlan’s Managing Board until 1 May 2018.
CEO Tex Gunning :
Becoming more competitive in terms of cost, service and speed to market, while ensuring the effective management of risk and compliance, are crucial enablers of our what’s next journey. I am therefore delighted to welcome both Gijsbert and Franca to the LeasePlan Managing Board. Together, they will ensure we deliver what’s next in the key areas of finance, risk and compliance, and help take LeasePlan to its next stage of development and sustainable growth. I’m also proud to say that, following these new appointments, LeasePlan has one of the most diverse senior management teams in the Netherlands. Finally, I would like to thank Guus for his many valuable and significant contributions to the Managing Board and to LeasePlan. He has been instrumental to LeasePlan’s success over his 25 years of service and we wish him well for the future.
With immediate effect, LeasePlan’s Managing Board comprises the following members:
• Tex Gunning – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
• Marco van Kalleveen – Chief Operating Officer Europe
• Gijsbert de Zoeten – Chief Financial Officer
• Yolanda Paulissen – Chief Strategic Finance and Investor Relations Officer
• Franca Vossen – Chief Risk Officer
The new appointments have been approved by the Dutch Central Bank (DNB).
CFO Gijsbert de Zoeten (1966) has been with LeasePlan since November 2016, when he took up the position of Senior Vice President Finance of LeasePlan’s European leasing business. He previously held various finance roles at Unilever, including Finance Director of Unilever Foods Brazil, Global Finance Director of Unilever Food Solutions (B2B) and Executive Vice President Finance of Unilever Europe. Gijsbert holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Groningen University and a postgraduate executive Master’s degree in Controlling (RC) from VU University of Amsterdam. He is a member of the Supervisory Board of the Technical University of Delft.
CRO Franca Vossen (1972) has held various international senior management positions in Finance and Risk at global organisations including ABN AMRO, Fortis, ING and DLL. At ABN AMRO, Franca led the worldwide implementation of Sarbanes Oxley legislation and conducted a review of the Compliance, Legal and Risk functions of ABN AMRO Asset Management. She was also Chief Risk Officer (CRO) at ABN AMRO Asset Management and at Fortis Investments. Prior to joining LeasePlan, Franca was CRO and Executive Vice President of DLL, the leasing arm of Rabobank, where she managed the global Risk function. Franca holds a Master’s degree in Russian and German Studies from Leiden University, and an MBA from Maastricht University (EuroMBA). She has also held various Supervisory Board positions and successfully completed the Supervisory Board programme of Erasmus University Rotterdam.
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