Basic-Fit announces changes in the Supervisory Board

Hoofddorp, 3 April 2017 - Basic-Fit announces changes to the composition of its Supervisory Board, which will be proposed for adoption by the General Meeting on 16 May 2017.


At the upcoming General Meeting, Chairman Ronald van der Vis is due to step down from the Supervisory Board based on the rotation schedule established at our IPO in June 2016. Ronald van der Vis has informed the company that he is not available for election for a new term. Mr. van der Vis has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board since 2013.


The Supervisory Board, will propose to the General Meeting to appoint Cornelis (Kees) van der Graaf (Dutch, 1950) as member of the Supervisory Board for a four-year term and take over the position of Chairman.


Mr. van der Graaf is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of GrandVision N.V., member of the Supervisory Board of Carlsberg A/S in Denmark and member of the Board of Directors of ENPRO Industries Inc. in the US. He is also Chairman of FSHD Unlimited a bio-tech start-up he founded in 2014 to develop a therapy for the FSHD muscular dystrophy. Amongst the long list of prior functions are the Board memberships of ANWB, Ben & Jerry’s, and Unilever N.V. where he had a 32-year successful international executive career, with his last position being President Europe and member of the Executive Committee.


Mr. van der Graaf has an international proven strategic and operational track record in consumer marketing and retail. He furthermore has a strong orientation on Corporate Social Responsibility. He has a good understanding of fast growth in combination with strong profitability and brings a highly complementary skillset and experience to the Supervisory Board.


In addition, the Supervisory Board will propose to the General Meeting to appoint Rob van der Heijden (Dutch, 1965) as additional member of the Supervisory Board for a four-year term. Rob van der Heijden has extensive experience as board member and supervisory member in owner-led companies. Rob van der Heijden is currently owner and managing director of Citadel International B.V., providing consulting services in the field of finance. Prior positions held included Director Corporate Banking and First Vice-President of Commerzbank Nederland N.V. With his entrepreneurial and financial background, he is a valuable addition to the composition of the Supervisory Board.


Ronald van der Vis: “During the last four years, Basic-Fit has developed very well, both in terms of results and operations. In addition, the brand Basic-Fit is stronger than ever before. The company is well positioned for the next growth phase. With the successful IPO last year my mission has been accomplished. I particularly like to thank CEO René Moos for his trust and good cooperation in the past years.”


Rene Moos: "On behalf of Basic-Fit, I would like to thank Ronald for his contributions and valuable advice and supervision during his time with the company. I am very pleased that we can propose a strong replacement for Ronald van der Vis and that we can further strengthen the Supervisory Board with Rob van der Heijden.”


The Supervisory Board thanks Ronald van der Vis for his contributions in the last four years, regrets his decision and wishes him all the best for the future.


Upon the adoption of the proposed binding nominations and (re)appointments by the General Meeting, the Supervisory Board will consist of Kees van der Graaf, Carin Gorter, Herman Rutgers, Hans Willemse, Pieter de Jong and Rob van der Heijden. Their profiles can be found on our corporate website.

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