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Supervisory Board

Since 1 May 2015, Holding PricewaterhouseCoopers Nederland B.V. has a Supervisory Board (SB). Its powers and responsibilities are set out in the Supervisory Board Regulations. The members of the SB are appointed by the General Meeting of Holding PricewaterhouseCoopers Nederland B.V. on the basis of a binding proposal submitted by the SB on the advice of its Selection and Appointment Committee. Members of the SB are appointed for a term of up to four years, with eligibility for reappointment for one additional term of up to four years. We refer to annex B of the Regulations for the profile of the size and composition of the Supervisory Board. Annex C includes the schedule of retirement. 

All members qualify as policymakers of PricewaterhouseCoopers Accountants N.V. and Coöperatie PricewaterhouseCoopers U.A. under the Audit Firms Supervision Act.

The Supervisory Board comprises 6 members:

Chris Buijink (1954) has joined the Supervisory Board in November 2021 and is chair of the Supervisory Board since february 2022. Until the summer of 2021, Chris Buijink was chair of the Dutch Banking Association (Nederlandse Vereniging van Banken - NVB) and before that he was long connected to the ministry of Economic Affairs, including as Secretary-General from 2007 to 2013.

From 2014 to 2021, Chris Buijink was chair of the Supervisory Board of the Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunst. He is also among others member of the Supervisory Board of the Hermitage Amsterdam and chair of the Joint Consultative Committee for ESTEC/ESA.

Naomi Ellemers (1963) is a social psychologist and professor at the Utrecht University. Ellemers’ work encompasses, amongst other things, remuneration and motivation, diversity and organisational change, moral behaviour, and ethics. Previously, she led the Social and Organisational Psychology department at Leiden University and several research programmes, and was also responsible, amongst other things, for the university’s educational curriculum. In 2010 Naomi was awarded the KNAW Merianprijs for leading female scientists and NWO’s Spinoza Prize.

As of 1 May 2015, Naomi Ellemers is a member of the Supervisory Board and of the Public Interest Committee of PwC.

In her primary role as professor at Utrecht University, she is involved in a collaborative partnership with the AFM. In this context, scientific research is being done on psychological mechanisms in supervision. There is an endowed chair and PhD programmes are carried out. In view of her role as supervisory director at PwC, she will in no way be involved in research into accountancy firms.

Frits Oldenburg (1961) has been of counsel at FG Lawyers since 2013. He is also member of the Board of the Vrouwe Groenevelt’s Liefdegesticht Foundation and member of the Board of the Dutch Asthma Foundation. From 2004 to 2014, he was a member of the board of trustees of the International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation. From 1995 to 2013 Oldenburg was a partner with NautaDutilh. As a notary, he specialised in company law. He was also, among other things, board member of de Koninklijke Notariële Beroepsorganisatie (the Dutch professional association of notaries).

As of 1 may 2015, Frits Oldenburg is member of the Supervisory Board and as of 1 July 2017 member of the Public Interest Committee of PwC (From July 2013 until May 2015 he was also a member of this committee).

Jan Sijbrand (1954) was a Director of De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB - the Dutch Central Bank) from mid-2011 to mid-2018. As Chair of Supervision, he held primarily responsibility for the supervisory activities and policies of DNB. He also had supervisory roles at the ECB in Frankfurt and the EBA in London and he was Chair of the Curatorium for Postgraduate Studies (Compliance & Integrity) at the Free University (VU) Amsterdam. From 2008 to mid-2011, Jan Sijbrand was a member of the Managing Board and Chief Risk Officer of NIBC, a Dutch banking institution. Prior to that, he worked at ABN AMRO, Rabobank and Shell.

As of 1 January 2019, Jan Sijbrand is member of the Supervisory Board and as of 5 February 2019 Chair of the Public Interest Committee of PwC.

 In March 2021, Jan Sijbrand was appointed as an 'independent non-executive' member of the global oversight board of PricewaterhouseCoopers International limited.

René van Schooten (1959) has joined the board of management of PwC Netherlands in November 2021 and is chair of the audit committee. René van Schooten was a member of the board of management of Philips Lighting N.V./Signify N.V. for many years and has fulfilled the role of CEO multiple times. Before that he also worked for Unilever and Esso in different financial functions.

In addition, René van Schooten is chair of the Supervisory Board of MUON.

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