Dorothee van Vredenburch has been appointed the new chair of the Board of Directors of the Stichting Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest. On 22 September, she succeeded Wiet Pot, who has resigned after serving the maximum of two four-year terms on the Board, including six years as chair.
Van Vredenburch, who has served as a board member since 2016, is the first woman to chair the Board in the Concertgebouworkest’s history.
A board member since 2011, Wiet Pot was appointed chair on 4 December 2014. He will now be joining the orchestra’s Ambassadors’ Circle.
Van Vredenburch is an executive partner with the law firm De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek and a former director of the NN Group. She has many years of experience in the international business community and has held board positions at a number of listed companies. Van Vredenburch was appointed by ING in 2009 to play a key role in splitting its banking and insurance operations. She then went on to help prepare the way for the spin-off and transformation of NN (Nationale-Nederlanden), where she was involved in setting the strategic course of the group and overseeing cultural change.
Van Vredenburch says, ‘Despite the challenges we are presently facing, the orchestra’s level of artistry is still incredibly high. Not to mention that all of us – particularly the members of the Association Board, the Artistic Committee, the Managing Board and the Board of Directors – are working very hard indeed to enlist the right people for both orchestra and support staff. We take these very important decisions together with the conviction that only the best is good enough to secure the future of this fantastic orchestra. And that process continues unabated even today. I am looking forward to meeting the challenges of the present day as chair and working with the new Managing Board starting from the beginning of 2021. On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank Wiet Pot very much for all he has done for the orchestra in the last few turbulent years!’