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MEDIA RELEASE Robeco has appointed Mariken Tannemaat as Chief Innovation Officer, based in Rotterdam and effective from 1 February 2019.

 In this newly created position, she will work with Robeco’s Executive Committee (ExCo) and relevant teams to identify data and technology solutions to help Robeco use innovation to support its competitive position, in particular in investments and distribution. She reports to Gilbert Van Hassel, CEO of Robeco, and will act as advisor to the ExCo.

 Previously, Ms Tannemaat was Chief Customer Innovation Officer at Dutch financial services company NN Group, where she was responsible for innovation for the Group worldwide, as well as for the Dutch customer and distribution base. Prior to that, she was head of Commerce International at NN, functionally responsible for marketing and sales in the business units outside the Netherlands.

Ms Tannemaat started her career at ING Group, and later held several senior roles at ING Direct in London, Paris and Amsterdam. In 2011, she joined ING Bank as Global Head of Branding and Positioning. In addition to an MBA from Erasmus University, Ms Tannemaat has a Master’s in Marketing from TIAS Business School. 

Stephen Dennis, Managing Director of Robeco Australia and New Zealand, said: “The new role highlights Robeco’s commitment to providing the best investment solutions for our clients.  Mariken’s extensive experience in working on the client side of the business will be extremely beneficial in assisting Robeco’s understanding of what clients are looking for, and developing innovative investment strategies that utilise the latest technology.” He goes on to say: “As cautious pioneers, Robeco has a long track-record of seeking new ways to achieve investment returns, and appointing a Chief Innovation Officer is the next step in this approach.”