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11 May 2015

Jan Maarten de Jong appointed Chairman of KBL epb 

KBL European Private Bankers (KBL epb), headquartered in Luxembourg and operating in 50 cities in Europe, announced today the appointment of Jan Maarten de Jong – a senior professional with experience spanning financial services, insurance and industry in a range of European countries – as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

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A longstanding member of the KBL epb Board of Directors, de Jong has assumed the Chairmanship following the recent resignation of the previous Chairman, Ernst Wilhelm Contzen.

As Chairman of KBL epb, de Jong will oversee the implementation of the private banking group’s long-term growth strategy, working in close consultation with fellow Board members and the group’s Executive Committee. In that regard, he will draw upon a unique breadth of professional experience, including as a former member of the Supervisory Board of Theodoor Gilissen, the group’s Dutch affiliate.

De Jong served as a member of the Managing Board of ABN AMRO Bank and ABN AMRO Holding from 1989-2002, following many years of service at Algemene Bank Nederland (ABN), one of the primary predecessors of ABN AMRO. He began his career at ABN in 1970, and held a range of functions there, including Senior Executive Vice President and member of the Managing Board.

In addition, De Jong has served as an independent Director on the Boards of Heineken, Nutreco and Onderlinge ‘s-Gravenhage in the Netherlands; CRH plc in Ireland; and KBC Bank in Belgium. He is currently Chairman of Holding PricewaterhouseCoopers Nederland, Chairman of AON Nederland, member of the Board of the Frans Hals Museum Foundation, member of the Board of the ASML Preference Shares Foundation and Chairman of the Robert Hollman Foundation in the Netherlands.

A graduate of the University of Amsterdam, holding a degree in Economics, de Jong earned his MBA at INSEAD and completed the International Senior Managers Programme at Harvard Business School.

Contzen, the previous Chairman, made a significant contribution to the sustained success of KBL epb at an important period in the group’s history, marked in particular by the acquisition of UBS Belgium in late 2014. The former CEO of Deutsche Bank Luxembourg has stepped down to focus on other personal and professional priorities.