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In the spotlight: Four women at the highest governance level

The appointment of Merel van Vroonhoven as chair of the first Supervisory Board after the demerger of Radboud University and Radboud university medical center increased diversity in governance on campus. Diversity was further enhanced by the appointment of Agnes Muskens to the Executive Board and of Marijke Pe as the university’s new Board Secretary. Agnes Muskens succeeded Wilma de Koning, who became General Director of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) on 1 June. In addition, Valerie Frissen was reappointed as a member of the Supervisory Board in 2021.

Merel van Vroonhoven was chair of the Executive Board of the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) until September 2019, after which she decided to retrain as a special education teacher. Her decision triggered national awareness of the need for greater appreciation of the teaching profession, something to which Radboud University is also committed. Last year, Van Vroonhoven presented recommendations for tackling the shortage of teachers, at the request of the Minister of Education. She also writes a column in de Volkskrant newspaper about her experiences as a lateral entrant in education. Previously, Van Vroonhoven held management positions at NS (the Dutch rail company), ING bank, and Nationale-Nederlanden insurance company. She was also a member of the Supervisory Board at Delft University of Technology, where she studied Geophysics. She also earned an MBA from INSEAD. Read more about the Supervisory Board and Merel van Vroonhoven in the Report from the Supervisory Board.

With the appointment of Agnes Muskens, which was confirmed at the end of this year, the Executive Board once again has a woman in its ranks. She will succeed Wilma de Koning as vice chair of the Executive Board on 1 January 2022. Muskens trained as a chartered accountant at VU Amsterdam, studied Business Economics at the University of Tilburg, and has worked as a partner at Deloitte Consulting.

In August 2021, Marijke Pe began serving as secretary of the university and the Supervisory Board. She also manages the Administration Office. She succeeded Gerard van Assem, who combined the position of secretary with that of director of Radboud Services. Because of the difficulty of the two roles, the board decided to split them. Pe previously worked as clerk for the Amsterdam municipal council.

The fourth woman on the administrative podium is Valerie Frissen, who was reappointed to the Supervisory Board for four years in 2021. Frissen, who was nominated by the Central Participation Council in 2017, is professor by special appointment of Digital Technology and Social Change at Leiden University and director of the SIDN Fund. Her substantive expertise and network are in the field of digital innovation. Frissen is chair of the Supervisory Board’s Education and Research Committee.

Merel van Vroonhoven was chair of the Executive Board of the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) until September 2019, after which she decided to retrain as a special education teacher. Her decision triggered national awareness of the need for greater appreciation of the teaching profession, something to which Radboud University is also committed. Last year, Van Vroonhoven presented recommendations for tackling the shortage of teachers, at the request of the Minister of Education. She also writes a column in de Volkskrant newspaper about her experiences as a lateral entrant in education. Previously, Van Vroonhoven held management positions at NS (the Dutch rail company), ING bank, and Nationale-Nederlanden insurance company. She was also a member of the Supervisory Board at Delft University of Technology, where she studied Geophysics. She also earned an MBA from INSEAD. Read more about the Supervisory Board and Merel van Vroonhoven in the Report from the Supervisory Board.

With the appointment of Agnes Muskens, which was confirmed at the end of this year, the Executive Board once again has a woman in its ranks. She will succeed Wilma de Koning as vice chair of the Executive Board on 1 January 2022. Muskens trained as a chartered accountant at VU Amsterdam, studied Business Economics at the University of Tilburg, and has worked as a partner at Deloitte Consulting.

In August 2021, Marijke Pe began serving as secretary of the university and the Supervisory Board. She also manages the Administration Office. She succeeded Gerard van Assem, who combined the position of secretary with that of director of Radboud Services. Because of the difficulty of the two roles, the board decided to split them. Pe previously worked as clerk for the Amsterdam municipal council.

The fourth woman on the administrative podium is Valerie Frissen, who was reappointed to the Supervisory Board for four years in 2021. Frissen, who was nominated by the Central Participation Council in 2017, is professor by special appointment of Digital Technology and Social Change at Leiden University and director of the SIDN Fund. Her substantive expertise and network are in the field of digital innovation. Frissen is chair of the Supervisory Board’s Education and Research Committee.

Photo on previous page: from left to right: Valerie Frissen, Agnes Muskens, Marijke Pe, Merel van Vroonhoven.