Composition of the Management Board

Several changes were made to the Management Board of Alliander in 2019. Ingrid Thijssen is chair and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Walter Bien is a member of the board and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Daan Schut is a member of the board and Chief Transition Officer (CTO). They are all also responsible for the business and operations management of network operator Liander.

Ingrid Thijssen (1968, Dutch) 

Chair and CEO

Ingrid Thijssen was appointed Chair of the Management Board and CEO on 1 September 2017. Prior to that, she was a member of the Management Board and COO, from March 2014. From 2011 to 2014, she chaired the Management Board of NS Reizigers and prior to that she held various executive and management roles at Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch Railways).

Ingrid Thijssen earned a law degree from Utrecht University and completed various programmes, including a Strategy Programme at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, the Advanced Management Programme (AMP) of INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, and the executive programme Climate Change and Energy: Policymaking for the long term at Harvard in Boston.

 Supervisory Board memberships/relevant other positions

  • Member of the Supervisory Board of VGZ (health insurance company)[1]

  • Member of the Supervisory Board of the Port of Rotterdam Authority[1]

  • Chair of Employers’ Association WENB

  • Board member of SchuldenlabNL

  • Chair of Business Club D66

Walter Bien (1972, Dutch)

Member of the Board and CFO

Walter Bien joined the Management Board on 7 October 2019, on which date he was also appointed to the position of CFO. Before joining Alliander, he was CFO at Boskalis Dredging & Inland Infra and prior to that he held various board and management positions at Boskalis. Prior to Boskalis he worked at Ballast Nedam.

Walter Bien earned a degree in Business Economics at the University Amsterdam. He also completed the Senior Executive Programme at the London Business School and a postgraduate controllers programme at the University of Amsterdam.

Supervisory Board memberships/relevant other positions

  • Member of the Board of Trustees of Stichting AAP (wild animal rescue foundation), chair of the Audit Committee

  • Member of the Board of Trustees of Inloophuis Stichting Huis aan het Water (cancer recovery retreat)

Daan Schut (1974, Dutch)

Member of the Board and CTO

Daan Schut joined the Management Board on 1 April 2019, on which date he was also appointed to the position of CTO. Prior to joining the Board, he held the position of Director of Asset Management (from 2014) as well as various management positions between 2009 and 2014. Before Alliander, Daan Schut worked as an advisor at KPMG.

Daan Schut studied IT Auditing at Erasmus University Rotterdam, and Business Economics at HAN University of Applied Sciences.

Supervisory Board memberships/relevant other positions

  • Member of the Management Board of Next Generation Infrastructures

  • Member of the Board of Trustees of Stichting USEF (Universal Smart Energy Framework)

  • Member of the Board of Trustees of Stichting ElaadNL (knowledge and innovation centre on EV infrastructure and smart charging)

Retired in 2019

Mark van Lieshout, member of the Board and CFO (up to 1 March 2019), (Dutch)

Mark Van Lieshout (1963) was a member of the Management Board/CFO of Alliander from 1 January 2010. From 2008 to 2010, he was Alliander’s Director of Finance, Treasury and Tax Affairs. Between 2003 and 2008, he served as CFO of Nuon Business. Prior to 2003 he held various positions, including that of CFO of ABB Benelux. Mark van Lieshout earned a degree in Business Economics from VU University Amsterdam. He also completed various business programmes at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne and the International Directors Programme (IDP) of INSEAD, in Fontainebleau, France. 

Supervisory Board memberships/relevant other positions

Member of the Board of Trustees (and chair of the Audit Committee) of Canisius-Wilhelmina Hospital.

    • 1 Supervisory position at a large legal entity within the meaning of Section 142a, Book 2 of the Dutch Civil Code