Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Chris Hibbert

Chris Hibbert, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Member of the Audit Committee

Chris Hibbert has been Chief Operating and Transformation Officer at NN Insurance International since November 2015. Prior to NN, Chris was Chief Transformation Officer and a member of the Executive Committee at Aviva Investors.  Prior to this, Chris built extensive experience in financial services as Group Risk Director at Aviva Plc, as an Executive Director at UBS Investment Bank and as a management consultant with Accenture. Chris brings to the Board Of Directors broad cross-product knowledge and insights into product innovation, risk management, business transformation, post merger integration, operations and technology.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Bath, and completed the executive development programme at the University Of Oxford, Said Business School.

Chris’s interests outside of work include skiing, sailing and more recently kite surfing.

Bernard Kuiper, Member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee

Bernard Kuiper is Head of Capital Management and Acquisitions & Divestments at NN Group. In this role, he manages capital for NN Group and its subsidiaries, as well as executing M&A transactions and was heavily involved in the IPO of NN Group.

Prior to stepping into this role, Bernard held several senior financial roles within NN Group and ING Group. He was Managing Director Acquisitions & Divestments and led several large divestments in the United States, Canada and Asia, as part of ING Group’s restructuring. Before that, he was appointed as Chief Financial Officer for ING Direct France and Senior Manager for Investor Relations for ING Group.

Bernard has acquired two Master’s degrees: one each in Certified Finance Management and Certified Management Accounting. Additionally, Bernard studied Business Economics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and successfully completed a General Management Programme (CEDEP) at the INSEAD Business School.

As an avid sports enthusiast, Bernard spends his leisure time trying his hand at everything from sailing and water skiing to kite-surfing and snowboarding.

Christian Defrancq

Christian Defrancq, Member of the Board of Directors and Member of the Audit Committee

Christian Defrancq is a member of the Executive Board at NN Belgium, and has definitely come up through the ranks in the world of banking and insurance. After a busy career spanning more than twenty years at Royale Belge, where he was consecutively Deputy Director General and a member of the Executive Committee, Christian moved over to KBC in 1998. Here, he held various posts as deputy director and member of the Executive Committee.

Christian then took on a number of different posts as a member of the Board of Directors of the VBO (Federation of Belgian Businesses), chairman of Assuralia (professional association of Belgian insurance companies) and member of the Presidential Council of the CEA (European Insurance Committee).

Currently, Christian Defrancq is a director at NN Belgium, DKV België, DAS and AMMA.

He holds two university degrees: a Masters in Science, focusing on maths, from the University of Ghent, and a Masters in Actuarial Science from the Catholic University of Leuven. He also expanded his expertise at the Vlerick Business School.

Christian is married and has three children. In his free time he enjoys cooking, travel and Bordeaux wines.

Renia Kulej

Renia Kulej, Member of the Board of Directors

Renia Kulej has been appointed Head of HR at NN Insurance International in July 2015. In this role she has been designing and driving an overarching HR strategy that strengthens the business agenda for NN Insurance International, consisting of 11 countries. Prior to this role, she served as a HR Director and Board Member in ING/NN Poland where she led organizational change towards multichannel growth strategy & customer experience. Before she joined NN she had led HR during organizational transformations and expansion to the Polish market in international companies like SABMiller Group and Tesco.

She is truly passionate about connecting people & strategy and introducing innovations in organizations.

She holds a degree in Foreign Trade from Cracow Academy of Economics and a post graduate degree in Journalism from Cracow Academy of Pedagogy. She has recently expanded her knowledge at University of Michigan Ross Business School during a program for HR executives.

Opera and classical music are her passions outside of work. She enjoys spending time with family and friends as well as travelling and practicing yoga.

Jan Van Autreve

Jan Van Autreve, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors

Jan Van Autreve has an impressive track record in the financial services sector, including senior management positions at Delta Lloyd, Swiss Life and KBC Securities. Before becoming CEO of Delta Lloyd Life in 2010, he served the company in a succession of positions including CIO and COO. The common thread that runs through his career path: outstanding skills in management, business transformation and strategy development.

Since 1 July 2016 Jan has assumed the role of CEO of NN Belgium. Under his stewardship as CEO,            NN continues to deliver its core values through a forward-looking strategy that is clear, credible and customer-oriented. Jan is guiding and supporting our company to shape a bright future and achieve business success.

Jan received his Master in Applied Economics (specialisation in Corporate Finance) from the University of Ghent in 1997. In addition to his CEO responsibilities, he holds several mandates.
He is also passionate about his family and friends, nature and adventure, literature and cycling – a man of many talents.

Dieter Vermeire

Dieter Vermeire, Chief Risk Officer and Member of the Board of Directors

Dieter Vermeire started his career within the Group in 2009 as a Valuation Actuary, before fast-tracking his way to become Head of the Valuation Team in 2010.

Between 2003 and 2009, before joining the Group, Dieter worked at the Fortis Holding as a financial analyst within the Risk and Capital Management departement.

Dieter is able to comprehend complex risk matters. His challenge in today’s environment of economic and regulatory uncertainty is to maintain excellent balance sheet management through disciplined capital and risk management. He also ensures further enhancement of the risk management capabilities in line with the Solvency II requirements.

Dieter enjoys spending his free time with his three children and going for an occasional run or bike ride. The mountains are his favourite travel destination, whether for snowboarding or hiking.

Dieter holds master’s degrees in Applied Economics, Banking & Finance and Actuarial & Financial Engineering from Ghent and Leuven universities. Besides these, he is a certified actuary and chartered financial analyst.

Dieter has been Chief Risk Officer and a Board Member of NN Belgium since October 2014.

Peter Van Ooijen

Peter van Ooijen, Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Board of Directors

Peter van Ooijen was appointed Chief Financial Officer at NN Belgium on 1 June 2016. He has been working with ING and NN Group since 1986, holding various positions in finance and risk. Peter is a seasoned executive who has gained invaluable know-how over the course of 30 years. The span of his experience includes everything from managing the actuarial department, insurance, financial controlling and Chief Risk Officer.

Prior to his new appointment at NN Belgium, Peter was CFO at our branches in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In his new position, Peter will uphold strong financial management and accountability, project the long-term financial picture of our organisation, and oversee its capital structure.

Peter holds a degree in Mathematics and Actuarial Sciences. Alongside his busy job, Peter manages to find the time to travel around the world and time for active sports activities including scuba diving and running - healthy lifestyle that NN strongly encourages!

Brigitte Boone

Brigitte Boone, Member of the Board of Directors and the Risk & Audit Committee

Brigitte Boone embarked on her career in 1985 in the legal department of the Generale Bank, then moved to the financial department in 1987 before becoming general manager of the tax department of Generale Bank, which then became Fortis Bank. In 2001, Brigitte became the head of the bank’s new business line, Private Equity, at the age of 41.

Five years later, she became the CEO of Investment Banking and in 2007 the CEO of Commercial and Investment Banking of Fortis Bank, where she was also responsible for Fortis Intertrust. At that time she was also appointed to the management committee and the Board of Directors of Fortis Bank.

After her career at Fortis, Brigitte assumed several positions as board member in various sectors, including in the listed companies GIMV and Wereldhave Belgium, as well as in a number of non- listed growth companies.

Thanks to her strong professional career in an international context, Brigitte is considered a reliable adviser in the public and private sector in Belgium.