ING hasannounced that Jan Hommen will step down from his position as CEO of ING Group per 1 October 2013.
He will be succeeded as CEO by Ralph Hamers (1966, Dutch) currently CEO of ING Belgium.
Hommen's current four-year term in the Executive Board will expire after the annual General Meeting (AGM) on 13 May 2013. The Supervisory Board will propose to the AGM to re-appoint him for the period until 1 October to ensure a smooth leadership transition. Hamers will be nominated as a member of the Executive Board per the AGM. As of 1 October 2013 he will succeed Hommen and become the eighth CEO of ING Group.
Hommen has been a member of the Supervisory Board of ING Group since 2005 and its Chairman since 2008. In 2009 he became CEO of ING Group and Chairman of the Executive Board.
Following his appointment to the Executive Board Hamers will also become a member of the Management Board Banking (MBB) and Management Board Insurance EurAsia (MBE), and as of 1 October 2013 he will succeed Hommen as CEO of the MBB and MBE. Decisions regarding the composition of the Board of Directors of ING US are pending in light of the company’s planned IPO.
Jeroen van der Veer, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ING Group said: 'Over the past four years Jan Hommen has done an outstanding job, guiding ING through the most challenging period in its history. Under his stewardship ING not only became financially stronger and less complex, but it also managed to put the customer again at the heart of the company. We are glad he has agreed to stay on for another five months to ensure a seamless transition. We are convinced that in Ralph Hamers we have found a successor who has the leadership style, skills and expertise to continue to execute the strategic course ING is on'.
Hommen said: 'It has been an honour to serve ING in these extraordinary times for both the company and the financial sector. I am proud of what we have achieved for ING, our employees and our customers over the past years. Ralph Hamers is an excellent choice to carry on with the many tasks that still lie ahead on our road towards successful, independent futures for our Insurance and Banking businesses. I am determined to do everything in my capacity to make sure that Ralph can take over smoothly on 1 October'.
Hamers has a wealth of experience in both Retail and Commercial banking and an excellent track-record in risk management and in leading strategic change processes. Hamers has been CEO of ING Belgium and Luxemburg since March 2011. There, he played a pivotal role in driving the strategic 'universal direct model' to expand online sales channels and modernise the branches. He holds a Master of Science in Business Econometrics/Operations Research from Tilburg University in the Netherlands and has completed professional programmes at the Netherlands Institute for Banking, the Amsterdam Institute of Finance, Oxford University and INSEAD.
Hamers joined ING in 1991 as a relationship manager for Structured Finance in the Global Clients Division. In 1997 he moved to Global Risk Management and he became General Manager of ING Romania in 1999. In 2005 he was appointed CEO of ING Bank in the Netherlands before becoming Global Head of the Commercial Banking Network in 2007. In 2010 he was appointed Head of Network Management for Retail Banking Direct and International. In that year he also became member of the ING Banking Management Team which governs corporate development and strategic activities.
Hamers said: 'I am extremely proud that the Supervisory Board has expressed its confidence in me and nominated me as a member of the Executive Board and the next CEO of this company. Together with my colleagues I am determined to build on the strong , customer-oriented foundation that Jan Hommen has laid for us. I look forward to working with Jan and the other Board Members towards the handover in October'.