EUROPE - ABP pensions director and board member Jaap Maassen will succeed Alan Pickering as the new chair of the European Federation of Retirement Provision (EFRP).
The EFRP – the umbrella group for European national pension associations – elected Maassen today at its general assembly meeting in Amsterdam.
Announcing the appointment, the EFRP said Pickering, who has chaired the federation for the past three years, ensured the EFRP played a pivotal role in securing the adoption of the EU Pensions Directive.
Reflecting on his chairmanship, Pickering said: “The really important work now starts as member states seek to implement the Directive, hopefully, as a platform upon which we can build rather than as a straitjacket within which we must operate.”
According to an EFRP statement, incoming chair Maassen said he had always been “greatly inspired” by Pickering and that he would continue his predecessor’s efforts to ensure the EFRP represented all EU member states.
Maassen joined Stichting Pensioenfonds (ABP) – the e156bn Dutch pension fund for public employees and education – in 1996 as a director with responsibilities for pensions, insurance and mortgage divisions and IT.
He has been a long-standing member of the EFRP Board of Directors and served as vice-chair from October 2001 until October 2003. Maassen is also a former chair of the European Association of Public Sector Pensions Institution (EAPSPI).
The General Assembly thanked Pickering for such “skilful steermanship” and hoped the outgoing chair would continue to spark his ideas on pension issues, the EFRP said.
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