Board member Roelien Ritsema van Eck leaving Erasmus University Rotterdam

Roelien Ritsema van Eck resigns from her position as member of the Executive Board of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). Per 15 October 2020, she will join the Executive Board of housing association ‘de Alliantie’ (Hilversum). Both Rector Magnificus Rutger Engels, and interim President Hans Smits are grateful to Roelien for the work she has done for EUR and wish her every success with this next step in her career.

"I am sad to be leaving the university but I am also look forward to joining de Alliantie to be able to contribute to tackling the societal issues at play there," says Roelien Ritsema van Eck

New challenge 

"I have very much enjoyed my time at EUR. It is wonderful to see how resilient our organisation is and, for example, how fast we have been able to respond during the corona crisis. I am proud to have been part of this amazing university," says Roelien Ritsema van Eck. "I hope to be able to apply my experience to the many challenges facing de Alliantie. The societal mission involved there, such as attention for vulnerable groups in the housing market, particularly appeals to me. It also gives me an opportunity to work together more intensively with private and more specifically, financial market parties. Furthermore, working closer to home is much nicer for my three young daughters." 

In the meantime  

The Supervisory Board will, in close cooperation with the Executive Board, determine how best to fill the position that now becomes vacant. In the meantime, the President of the Executive Board will be responsible for the relevant portfolio. Jaap Winter, President of the Supervisory Board: "We regret that Roelien leaves the university but we thank her for her contribution to EUR. The operational management portfolios have always been in safe hands with her. Roelien made an important contribution to the Leadership Programme of the Professional Services Community, the further cooperation between the departments and the faculties, the translation of the strategy into suitable budgets, the continued improvement of cybersecurity, and the transformation to digital working. We wish Roelien every success at de Alliantie."

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