Heineken N.V. announced today that it will propose to the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (AGM), to be held on 19 April 2012, to appoint Mr Hans Wijers as member of its Supervisory Board for a four year term. The intention is that Mr Wijers will become a member of the Audit Committee at the 2012 AGM and succeed Mr Kees van Lede as Chairman of the Supervisory Board at the 2013 AGM.
Mr Wijers (1951), a Dutch citizen, is currently the Chairman of the Board of Management and CEO of Akzo Nobel N.V., the world’s largest paints and coatings company and a major producer of speciality chemicals. He will retire from this position in April 2012. Before joining AkzoNobel, Mr Wijers was a Senior Partner and Chairman of the Dutch office of the Boston Consulting Group and served as Minister for Economic Affairs in the Dutch government.
Mr Wijers is a graduate of the University of Groningen and was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Erasmus University of Rotterdam (where he received his PhD in economics). He is Non-Executive Director at Royal Dutch Shell PLC, a member of the European Roundtable of Industrialists and a Trustee of various charities.
To keep the Heineken N.V. Supervisory Board to the agreed upon size of 10 members, Mr Jan Michiel Hessels will step down from the Supervisory Board at the AGM on 19 April 2012.