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.

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.

Frank Eijsink 2022

Frank Eijsink, Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors

Frank Eijsink was appointed Chief Executive Officer of NN Belgium on 1st February 2022.

Frank has a very  successful career behind him. In 2003 he began working in the Corporate Strategy department at ING Group. Since then he has occupied a number of senior management roles, including CEO ING Life Luxembourg, Global lead Solvency II Program and CEO NN Hayat ve Emeklilik in Turkey. In 2017, Frank was appointed CEO of NN Life Japan, which is the largest insurance market in which NN operates.

The invaluable knowledge that he has gained in these various markets, as well as his own expertise, will help Frank to ensure the continued growth of NN’s business on the Belgian market.

Frank was awarded his Master of Science degrees in Applied Physics and Business Administration at Eindhoven Technical University.

Frank likes to spend his free time with his family, often going at the weekend to watch his 4 children compete in their sporting events. He enjoys hiking, skiing and running and Covid-19 has given him the opportunity to start playing the piano in his living room again.

Dieter Vermeire 2022

Dieter Vermeire, Chief Finance 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.

From October 2014 until August 2021, Dieter was Chief Risk Officer at NN Insurance Belgium.

Since September 2021, he has taken on the role of Chief Finance Officer and is a member of the Board of Directors of NN Insurance Belgium.

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.

Hans Verstraete

Hans Verstraete, Member of the NN Board of Directors

Hans Verstraete has been a member of the NN Board of Directors since 1st January 2022. Hans has a lengthy and varied career in the insurance industry behind him. He began his career with Nateus (formerly Naviga), where he became CEO in 1995. After that, he held various other senior management and executive positions with companies such as Ethias and KBC. From 2014 to 2016, Hans was president of Assuralia, the professional association for insurance companies. Hans is also currently vice chairman of Red Cross Flanders.

His extensive expertise and knowledge of the insurance industry, his capabilities as an analytical and strategic thinker and his skills in stakeholder management are invaluable for NN’s continued growth in Belgium.

Hans holds a Master’s degree in applied economic sciences and also graduated in fiscal sciences. 

In his spare time, Hans enjoys travelling and playing golf.