Baker Tilly Berk appoints Anneke van Zanen-Nieberg as new chairwoman of the Board

Anneke van Zanen-Nieberg will assume the role of Chairwoman of the Board of Baker Tilly Berk as of 1 March 2018. She was appointed at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders of Baker Tilly Berk last Saturday. By appointing an external Chairwoman of the Board, Baker Tilly Berk aims to accelerate and deepen its change programme and the implementation of its measures to improve the accountancy profession. As of 1 March 2018, the Baker Tilly Berk Board of Directors will consist of Anneke van Zanen-Nieberg (chairwoman), Marcel Huisman and Rob Loves. Anneke about her appointment at Baker Tilly Berk: “I see this as a great new challenge, to which I will gladly devote my energy.”

Michel de Graaf, chairman of the Supervisory Board and Audit partner at Baker Tilly Berk: “We are very pleased to announce Anneke’s appointment as chairwoman of the Board of Directors. Anneke is a skilled, creative and enthusiastic administrator who performs her duties with a professional, pragmatic attitude. 

Changes in the Supervisory Board

Additionally, as of 1 January 2018, Joke van Lonkhuijzen-Hoekstra will be appointed as the new chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of Baker Tilly Berk. Joke's appointment ensures that there will be a Supervisory Board comprised entirely of members from outside the company, which was one of the improvements suggested by the report 'In the public interest' [In het publiek belang]. As of 1 January 2018, the Supervisory Board will consist of Joke van Lonkhuijzen-Hoekstra (chairwoman), Prof. Peter van der Zanden and René Leander. 

Michel de Graaf: “We are incredibly proud that these two model professionals are taking their knowledge and experience to Baker Tilly Berk.”

Background Anneke van Zanen-Nieberg

Anneke van Zanen-Nieberg (53) obtained her RA (‘registeraccountant’) qualification at the Dutch educational system for chartered accountants (NBA, formerly Nivra), after which she spent most of her career working in the Dutch civil service, filling several positions. After serving as director of the Court of Audits, she became Interim Secretary General at the Ministry of Justice and Security. She is currently the head of the Central Government Audit Service, which she will remain until 1 December 2017. In her spare time, she is an active sports administrator, serving as the chairwoman of CTO Metropool, member of the board of Special Olympics National Games The Hague 2020 and member of the Sports Advisory Board of The Hague.

Background Joke van Lonkhuijzen-Hoekstra

Joke van Lonkhuijzen-Hoekstra (57) is an administrator with ample experience in the healthcare sector. She is currently the chairwoman of the Board of Trustees for the Postdoctoral Degree programme in Change Management at VU Amsterdam, member of the Supervisory Board of Achmea B.V. and member of the Supervisory board of Monuta Holding N.V. / Monuta Verzekeringen N.V.  In the past, she has held positions as the chairwoman of the Board of Directors of GGZ inGeest, member of the Board of GGZ Netherlands, member of the Board of NVZD and member of the Board of Directors of Cordaan.