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Supervisory Board

The Supervisory Board is responsible for supervising the Managing Board’s conduct of the business and the general course of affairs of the Company and its associated businesses. It also advises the Managing Board, whereby it is being guided by the interests of the Company and those of its associated businesses.

We have developed a set of rules governing the Supervisory Board’s Principles and Best Practices. These rules include a description of the responsibilities of the Supervisory Board, principles on its composition, the relationship with the Works Council and shareholders.


The Supervisory Board of RBS NV 

Chris Campbell

Member of the Supervisory Board


Mr Campbell joined RBS Group in August 2005 as Deputy General Counsel and Director, Group Legal and became Group General Counsel in May 2010, in which role Mr Campbell had overall responsibility for advising the RBS Group Board and Executive Committee and for the provision of legal support to all of RBS's business globally.  


Mr Campbell was educated at Daniel Stewart’s & Melville College (1963 -1976) and graduated from Edinburgh University in 1980 (LLB Hons). 


Prior to joining RBS Group, Mr Campbell was a partner for 18 years in Scotland’s largest law firm, Dundas & Wilson, and was Managing Partner from 1996 until he joined RBS in 2005.


Mr Campbell retired from his executive role with RBS with effect from 31st March 2015 but continues to be associated with the bank as a non-executive director of Ulster Bank Limited and as a member of the supervisory board of RBS NV.

Chris Marks

Chairman of the Supervisory Board / COO


Chris joined the Executive Committee of RBS in April 2015. He was appointed CEO of NatWest Markets (then known as Corporate and Institutional Banking) in February 2015, overseeing its refocus to be a smaller, safer business. NatWest Markets provides financing and risk management to large corporates and financial institution customers in the UK and Western Europe and supports them with a global trading and distribution platform. On the 1st of November 2017, Chris was appointed as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of RBS NV.


Chris has been with RBS since 2010, when he joined Non-Core as Head of Markets and Co-Head of Non-Core Solutions. He oversaw large transactions including the de-risking of the exotic credit trading book, the removal of the majority of RBS's primary monoline exposure and the sale of multiple corporate banking portfolios.


Chris was then appointed Co-CEO of RBS Capital Resolution (RCR). RCR successfully ran down RBS's most risky and capital intensive assets.


Prior to RBS, Chris was a managing director at Barclays Capital and also held roles at Kensington Group, Greenwich NatWest and Coopers & Lybrand.

Maarten Klessens

Member of the Supervisory Board


Mr. Klessens started his career in finance with ABN in 1986, in structured aircraft finance.


In 1997 he was appointed corporate Executive Vice President for ABN AMRO and had subsequent responsibilities in wholesale product teams, client management and Group Risk. For 12 years he was a voting member of ABN AMRO's Group Risk Committee.


From 2011 he was acting head Global Country Risk for RBS group responsible for country appetite setting and exposure management with special attention for the financial stress in the Eurozone periphery. He was senior advisor Benelux for StormHarbour Securities LLP, London in 2014- 2015.


Mr. Klessens is chairing the board in The Netherlands of 'Future Hope' a NGO in Calcutta and has been member and chairman of foundation 'Multiple Sclerosis Research' Netherlands.


Mr. Klessens holds a post graduate in Financial Economics of Tilburg University and a master in Business Economics of Erasmus University Rotterdam and has had executive training at IMD, Insead and University of Michigan. 


The members are appointed for a period of 4 years at a time and shall thereafter be eligible for re-appointment, provided that no member shall hold office for more than three 4-year terms or twelve years, as the case may be, or when a member reaches the age of 70.

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