ABN Amro financial chief Kees van Dijkhuizen is to replace Gerrit Zalm as CEO of ABN Amro when he stands down next year.
Van Dijkhuizen, who joined the bank in May 2013 when it was still entirely in state hands, will take over in February on condition his appointment is approved by the Dutch and European central bank as regulators.
Between 2005 and 2013, Van Dijkhuizen was CFO at investment bank NIBC. Prior to that, he was a career civil servant.
Finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem said in a statement Van Dijkhuizen had shown himself to be an ‘outstanding banker and a fine manager, with strong social antennae.’ He was closely involved in the ABN Amro flotation earlier this year and the bank’s efforts to cut costs, Dijsselbloem said.
The Dutch government still owns some 70% of ABN Amro shares.
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