Hans Smits
Interim chair of the Executive Board

Ir. drs. H.N.J. (Hans) Smits

Hans Smits has been interim Chair of the Erasmus University Rotterdam Executive Board since 1 December 2019. In this capacity, he is responsible for general administrative affairs, including the relationship with the Supervisory Board. He also maintains external contacts, such as the Municipality of Rotterdam, the province and political representatives. 

Smits is also responsible for several internal portfolios, including Marketing and Communications, public relations and the Holding.

Mr Smits knows Erasmus University Rotterdam very well. For nine years until May 2018, he formed part of the Erasmus University Supervisory Board, with four of these as Chair. He is also an alumnus of both Erasmus University and TU Delft, where he studied Business Administration and Civil Engineering respectively.

Previous roles include being CEO at Jansen de Jong Groep until the end of 2019 and CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority until 2014. He has also held top jobs at RABO Bank and Schiphol Airport and was Secretary General at the Ministry of Transport and Water Management.

Hans Smits, interim-voorzitter van het College van Bestuur, vertelt over de strategische ambities.

New university’s Chair isn’t merely here to mind the shop

Until the summer, Hans Smits is the interim Chair of the university’s Executive Board. Time for an introductory interview.

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Student interviews Hans Smits

Shortly after becoming the interim chair of the Executive Board, one of our student vloggers interviewed Hans Smits. Watch the video to get to know him better.