Nomination Committee

The Nomination Committee consists of four members: Nils Smedegaard Andersen (Chairman), Byron Grote, Pamela Kirby and Ben Verwaayen. The Nomination Committee held two meetings in 2019. The attendance record of the members of the Nomination Committee can be seen in the chart in Supervisory Board activities.

Nomination Committee main 2019 activities

Q1 activities 2019

  • Review (re)appointment scheme
  • Supervisory Board succession planning
  • Nomination Jolanda Poots-Bijl

Q2, Q3 and Q4 activities 2019

  • Supervisory Board succession planning
  • Board of Management and Executive Committee succession planning
  • Update skills matrix

Board of Management and executive succession

During 2019, the Nomination Committee was consulted and gave its advice regarding the composition of the Executive Committee and the appointment of David Prinselaar as Chief Supply Chain Officer, as well as dividing the responsibilities of Chief Corporate Development Officer Maëlys Castella (who stepped down) between the CEO and the General Counsel. The Nomination Committee was also consulted and gave its advice on the appointment of Joëlle Boxus as Chief Human Resources Officer, as per March 9, 2020.

Supervisory Board succession

During 2019, the Nomination Committee continued to discuss the size, structure and composition of the Supervisory Board. Following a thorough internal and external search – with the assistance of an independent and well-reputed search firm – the Nomination Committee recommended the nomination of Jolanda Poots-Bijl to the Supervisory Board for consideration by the shareholders at the of April 25, 2019.

The Supervisory Board has updated its skills matrix, as shown below. The skills matrix, full details of the current Supervisory Board composition, the schedule of Supervisory Board succession and the profiles of the Supervisory Board members can also be found on our website:

Supervisory Board skills and profiles


N.S. Andersen

J. Poots-Bijl

S. Clark

B. Grote

M. Jaski

P. Kirby

D. Sluimers

P. Thomas

B. Verwaayen


Consumer goods end-user segment






Industrial end-user segment

Buildings and infrastructure end-user segment







Transportation end-user segment


(International) business, commerce, finance/economics

Scientific/information technology experience




Public sector experience







Management experience

Business strategy planning

Investor relations


Manufacturing experience





Supply chain/logistics experience




Social, environmental or sustainability experience


Finance expert







Four or less external directorships

Dutch/EU national

Non-EU national









Pensions experience








Business-to-business sales experience







R&D experience






Legal experience








Industrial/employment relations









Risk management











The second term of Ben Verwaayen ends in 2020. The members of the Nomination Committee concluded that the required expertise is sufficiently reflected in the Supervisory Board. In connection with the current size of the company, it was deemed appropriate to reduce the number of Supervisory Board members to eight. Reducing the number of Supervisory Board members to eight following the retirement of Mr. Verywaayen was approved by the Supervisory Board.

Nomination Committee evaluation

As with the Remuneration Committee, the Nomination Committee’s evaluation of performance and effectiveness formed part of the overall Supervisory Board evaluation undertaken during 2019.


Annual General Meeting of shareholders.