He is currently president of the Social and Economic Council (SER) of the Netherlands.
The appointment of Draijer has been submitted for review by the regulators. Draijer is the intended successor of Rinus Minderhoud, who acts as Interim Chairman of the Executive Board, following the resignation of Piet Moerland on 29 October 2013. The switchover to Rabobank will be made in close consultation with the SER. The bank will provide more information once the prerequisite approval process has been concluded.
Wout Dekker, Rabobank Chairman of the Supervisory Board, commented: 'With Wiebe Draijer on board, we will have an all-round Chairman of the Executive Board. In view of his background and personality, we have found a perfect match. Rabobank will benefit from his industrial and strategic expertise and his societal leadership. Wiebe Draijer is recognised for his ability in bridging leadership; in bringing together various parties with a diversity of interests. This is exactly what Rabobank is looking for. While being mindful of its history and retaining its cooperative identity, Rabobank is preparing for the future and being able to continue to fulfil its economic and social role in the Netherlands and internationally'.
Draijer was born in 1965. He studied mechanical engineering in Delft and in 1992 received an MBA from the Insead Business School. From 1990 to 2003, he was employed as a consultant at the McKinsey consultancy firm. In 2004, he was appointed the company's managing partner for the Netherlands and in 2006 for the Benelux countries. Draijer was also a member of the innovation platform comprising government and independent experts, which boosted innovation and entrepreneurship in the Netherlands. As from 1 September 2012, Draijer was appointed president of the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands. In this role he played a decisive role in the establishment of the Dutch Energy Agreement for Sustainable Growth.
Draijer is married, with four children.