Vesteda CEO Gertjan van der Baan is new chairman of IVBN

The (digital) members meeting of the Association of Institutional Property Investors in the Netherlands (IVBN) has elected a new chairman: Gertjan van der Baan, CEO of Vesteda. Gertjan has been vice-chairman since 2017, with the portfolio Dutch Residential. Gertjan: “I’m looking forward with enthusiasm to my new role as chairman. Together with our members and the bureau, the Board of Directors will continue with our efforts make clear the enormous social significance of institutional real estate investments. The members of the IVBN are professional cooperation partners that make urban developments on the living, working and leisure fronts possible by operating these developments on a long-term basis”. Gertjan succeeds Dick van Hal as IVBN chairman.

Dick van Hal (CEO of Bouwinvest) is stepping down as chairman of the IVBN, as he has reached the maximum term of office. He has been active in the IVBN board for eight years, with the last four years as chairman. Under his chairmanship, the IVBN devoted a great deal of attention to the continued professionalisation of the sector, with the emphasis on culture change and transparency. Dick also focused on member engagement and acquisition. Under his leadership, the IVBN drew up a policy plan in which the members decided to expand the membership criteria. The members, the other board members and the bureau are very grateful to Dick for his positive guidance and support for all the activities of the IVBN.

The members meeting also elected Bart van Twillert, country manager for the Netherlands at Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, as board member with the portfolio Dutch Retail. Bart was already heavily involved in the IVBN’s Retail working group. Nicole Maarsen has led the Retail working group to date and will remain a member of the IVBN board until August, when she is due to formally leave Achmea Vastgoed. In the meantime, she will take over Gertjan’s Dutch Residential portfolio. The IVBN board is of course currently looking for candidates to fill that upcoming vacancy.