Ann O'Brien appointed secretary of the Executive Board

The Executive Board of Erasmus University Rotterdam has appointed Ann O’Brien as secretary of the Executive Board and director of the General Management Directorate (Algemene Bestuursdienst, ABD). She is currently executive director and member of the General Board at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut in The Hague. 

Ann O’Brien will start her new position on 8 August 2016. She will succeed Ton van der Pijl, who took on a different position within Erasmus University at the start of this year. In the meantime, the position is being filled on an interim basis. As secretary of the Executive Board and director of the ABD, O'Brien will be responsible for the preparation and implementation of the administrative agenda and management of the ABD.

About Ann O'Brien
Ann O'Brien (1961) is bilingual; she was born in Ireland but has lived in the Netherlands since 1984. She has been working at the T.M.C Asser Instituut, Interuniversity Centre for International and European Law in The Hague since 2008, initially as deputy director and later as executive director and member of the General Board. Previously, O'Brien has worked successively for the VUmc, Elsevier Science and TU Delft. In Delft, she was Head of the Marketing & Communications department at the Faculty of Applied Sciences and a senior advisor for internationalisation & international marketing. She started her career as a biochemist. O'Brien studied Natural Sciences at University College Cork and later obtained an MBA from the University of Durham.

President of the Executive Board Kristel Baele: “The appointment of Ann O'Brien represents a further development of our strategic direction, focusing on greater diversity and the continued internationalisation of Erasmus University. With her broad experience in both the public and the corporate sector as well as her heart for education and research, Ann fits perfectly with the profile of our university. In the coming years, Ann O'Brien will contribute to the university’s internal and external connections, the integral policy design and the preparation of the university’s strategy for the period 2018-2022. We are looking forward to working with her."

Ann O'Brien is also looking forward to the cooperation: “I'm proud that I will soon be part of the team at Erasmus University. I am looking forward to working with amazing people at an amazing university. I am sure that together we will reach great heights.”

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