Former Dutch Minister of Finance Joop Wijn Parts Ways with ABN AMRO, Joins Adyen

Wijn previously served as the minister for economic affairs and a junior minister of finance in the Dutch Balkenende cabinet.

Joop Wijn, managing board member of ABN AMRO, will step down from the Amsterdam-based bank effective May 2017 to join the payment fintech company Adyen as its Chief Strategy and Risk Officer.

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Mr. Wijn was Director of Rabobank Nederland from 2007-2009. Previously, he held various positions in the Dutch government, serving as the minister for economic affairs and also as a junior minister of finance in the Balkenende cabinet.

Back in 1994, Joop joined ABN Amro as an investment manager, responsible for the financing of innovative companies in transition. He ended his political affiliation and joined ABN AMRO back in early 2009 where he was appointed to the managing board. Most recently, Joop was responsible for the bank’s corporate banking division.

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Ending an eight-year tenure with ABN Amro, Mr. Wijn will leave the bank to join the payments company Adyen, a rival to Chase Paymentech, WorldPay, GlobalCollect and PayPal, as its newest chief strategy and risk officer.

The privately held payments company, which has its headquarters in Amsterdam, Netherlands, announced last year that its revenue doubled to $350 million, as the company crossed $50 billion in the amount of payments it processed.

Mr. Wijn holds degrees in Dutch Law and Economics from the University of Amsterdam.

Commenting on his departure, Joop Wijn said: “ABN AMRO Corporate Banking is in good shape and well positioned for continued growth. After eight great years, I am now ready for a new challenge. I would like to thank all my colleagues; it’s been a pleasure working with them and I wish ABN AMRO every success in the future.”

Kees van Dijkhuizen, CEO of ABN AMRO added: “During the past eight years Joop Wijn was highly dedicated to ABN AMRO and its clients and employees. I am very grateful to him for that. It has been a pleasure working with Joop and I wish him every success in his future endeavours.”

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