Merel van Vroonhoven to leave the AFM


Merel van Vroonhoven will step down as the Chair of the Executive Board of the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) on 1 September. After five and a half years in office, she has decided to become a teacher in special education. She will therefore start training as a primary school teacher. She will also continue to be active as an administrator.

‘After 20 years of working at board level, the last 10 years of which have been in the public sector, I am now looking to make a more direct contribution. Closer to the people that are in the most need. For me, this means a choice for special education. In addition to my role in education I want to continue to use my experience as an administrator, a combination I hope to shape further in the years to come. I leave the AFM with confidence that it is in capable hands. It has a full and competent management and it has a clear direction for the coming years.’

Respect for decision

Paul Rosenmöller, chair of the Supervisory Board of the AFM, supports Van Vroonhoven’s decision: ‘While we are sorry to see her go, we are pleased that special education will benefit from someone with her intrinsic motivation and passion. We have the greatest respect for her decision. In the past five years, Merel has provided committed leadership for important changes and the raising of professional standards in the organisation. The AFM is now well positioned.’ 

The Supervisory Board has started the procedure for finding a successor. 

Journalists may contact Mark Woldberg, AFM Press Officer, on 020 797 2452 or at

The AFM is committed to promoting fair and transparent financial markets.

As an independent market conduct authority, we contribute to a sustainable financial system and prosperity in the Netherlands.

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