Gerrit Zalm

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His Excellency
Gerrit Zalm
Gerrit Zalm 2017 (1).jpg
Gerrit Zalm in 2017
Deputy Prime Minister
In office
27 May 2003 – 22 February 2007
Serving with Thom de Graaf (2003–2005)
Laurens Jan Brinkhorst (2005–2006)
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende
Preceded by Johan Remkes
Eduard Bomhoff
Succeeded by Wouter Bos
André Rouvoet
Minister of Economic Affairs
In office
3 July 2006 – 7 July 2006
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende
Preceded by Laurens Jan Brinkhorst
Succeeded by Joop Wijn
Leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
In office
16 May 2002 – 27 November 2004
Preceded by Hans Dijkstal
Succeeded by Jozias van Aartsen
Parliamentary leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy in the House of Representatives
In office
23 May 2002 – 27 May 2003
Preceded by Hans Dijkstal
Succeeded by Jozias van Aartsen
Member of the House of Representatives
In office
23 May 2002 – 27 May 2003
In office
19 May 1998 – 3 August 1998
Minister of Finance
In office
27 May 2003 – 22 February 2007
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende
Preceded by Hans Hoogervorst
Succeeded by Wouter Bos
In office
22 August 1994 – 22 July 2002
Prime Minister Wim Kok
Preceded by Wim Kok
Succeeded by Hans Hoogervorst
Director of the Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis
In office
1 January 1989 – 22 August 1994
Preceded by Peter de Ridder
Succeeded by Henk Don
Personal details
Born Gerrit Zalm
(1952-05-06) 6 May 1952 (age 65)
Enkhuizen, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Political party People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
(from 1982)
Other political
affiliations
Labour Party
(1971–1981)
Spouse(s) First wife (m. 1971; div. 1978)
Lydia Brouwer (m. 1982)
Children 3 sons and 2 daughters
Residence The Hague, Netherlands
Alma mater Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
(Bachelor of Economics, Master of Economics)
Occupation Politician
Civil servant
Economist
Financial analyst
Financial adviser
Banker
Corporate director
Professor

Gerrit Zalm (born 6 May 1952) is a retired Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD)

Zalm, a economist by occupation, worked as a civil servant and financial analyst for the Ministry of Finance from 1975 until 1983 and for the Ministry of Economic Affairs from 1983 until 1988. From 1 January 1988 until 1 January 1989 Zalm worked for the Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis as Deputy Director and became Director of the Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis on 1 January 1989. Zalm became a professor of economic policy at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam on 1 February 1990, after the election of 1994 Zalm was asked to become Minister of Finance in the Cabinet Kok I, Zalm accepted and resigned as Director of the Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis and as a professor the same day he took office as the new Minister of Finance on 22 August 1994. Zalm remained Minister of Finance in the Cabinet Kok II following the election of 1998 and served as a Member of the House of Representatives from 19 May 1998 until 3 August 1998. After the election of 2002, Hans Dijkstal the Leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy announced his resignation after a disappointing result in the election and stood down as Leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy on 16 May 2002 with Zalm elected to succeed him. Zalm served as the Parliamentary leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy in the House of Representatives and a Member of the House of Representatives from 23 May 2002 until 27 May 2003. For the election of 2003 Zalm was the Lijsttrekker (top candidate) and won four new seats in the House of Representatives, after a formation period a coalition agreement with the Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA) and Democrats 66 (D66) was made which formed the Cabinet Balkenende II. Zalm became Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance serving from 27 May 2003 until 22 February 2007. Zalm served as Minister of Economic Affairs from 3 July 2006 until 7 July 2006 following the resignation of Laurens Jan Brinkhorst.[1][2][3]

Zalm retired from active politics at the age of fifty-four. Following the end of his active political career, he became active in the finance industry. Zalm was a financial adviser for the DSB Bank from 1 July 2007 until 1 January 2008 and served as chief financial officer of the DSB Bank from 1 January 2008 until 1 January 2009. Zalm became a corporate director for ABN AMRO serving from 23 December 2008 until 28 February 2008 when he was appointed as CEO and Chairman of ABN AMRO. On 1 April 2010 he became interim CEO and Chairman of Fortis Bank Nederland until it was integrated into the new ABN AMRO Group on 1 July 2010. Zalm served as CEO and Chairman of both ABN AMRO and the ABN AMRO Group until his retirement on 1 February 2017.[4]

Zalm is known for his abilities as a manager and consensus builder, he holds the distinction of being the longest serving Minister of Finance.[5][6]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Following his graduation from high school ("HBS-A" level) in Enkhuizen, Zalm began a study in economics at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, from which he graduated in 1975; in the same year he joined the Ministry of Finance. From 1983 he worked for the Ministry of Economic Affairs, where he eventually became a director; in 1988 he was appointed deputy director of the Centraal Planbureau, a state institution that, among other things, calculates the financial effects of government plans. In 1989 he became director of this institute; in that capacity Zalm had, although not formally a politician, a significant influence on politics. From 1990 he also gave lectures at the Vrije Universiteit.

Politics[edit]

Between 22 August 1994 and 22 July 2002, Zalm, member of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy, was Minister of Finance in the first and second Wim Kok administrations. The Dutch economy being very healthy during those years, he did not experience large difficulties. However, he did introduce certain standards that are in effect until now, among which the Zalmnorm (Zalm standard) which describes a state policy by which the state does not respond extremely to economic fluctuations but just counteracts them.During the first, short Balkenende administration, Zalm was the acting leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy group in parliament. On 27 May 2003 he started his third term as Minister of Finance, in the second Balkenende administration, also serving as Deputy Prime Minister, on 30 June 2006, he succeeded Laurens Jan Brinkhorst as Minister of Economic Affairs, ad interim, with most tasks delegated to Undersecretary Karien van Gennip. On 7 July 2006 Joop Wijn was appointed as the new Minister of Economic Affairs.

Banking[edit]

On 26 November 2006, Zalm announced in the Sunday morning talk show Buitenhof that he would step down from politics and would probably seek employment in the private sector. Three months after his 2007 retirement from politics, Zalm went to work for DSB Bank, a company that he had criticized in his earlier role as finance minister for what he considered misleading advertising for consumer credit, he initially held the position of chief economist, but quickly became CFO of the faltering bank after the Dutch central bank DNB had threatened to curtail DSB's financial autonomy.

On 21 November 2008 it was announced by Prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende that Zalm will be the new CEO of the bank resulting from the merger of ABN and Fortis Netherlands, two recently nationalized banks, this new position came under scrutiny after Zalm's previous employer DSB went bankrupt in 2009. The Netherlands Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) and the central bank both investigated Zalm's role in DSB's final years, with AFM concluding that he was "not competent" and should be dismissed from ABN AMRO's board, while DNB decided to keep Zalm in his position.

Personal[edit]

Zalm is a fan of Pinball and during his second term as Minister of Finance he had a pinball machine in his department, he is an honorary member of the Dutch Pinball Association.[7] In 2004 he had a cameo appearance in the movie Cool! of Theo van Gogh.

Decorations[edit]

Honours[edit]

Honours
Ribbon bar Honour Country Date Comment
NLD Order of Orange-Nassau - Commander BAR.png Commander of the Order of Orange-Nassau Netherlands 11 April 2007 Elevated from Officer
(10–12–2002)

Honorary Degrees[edit]

Honorary Degrees
University Field City / Country Date
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Economics Amsterdam, Netherlands 20 October 2008

References[edit]

  1. ^ (in Dutch) "De enige linkse liberaal van Nederland". NRC Handelsblad. 14 September 1992. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  2. ^ (in Dutch) "Gerrit Zalm is de nieuwe VVD-leider". NU.nl. 16 May 2002. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  3. ^ (in Dutch) "Kabinet-Balkenende II is zo goed als rond". Trouw. 22 May 2003. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  4. ^ (in Dutch) "Gerrit Zalm stopt eerder dan verwacht bij ABN Amro". NU.nl. 13 September 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  5. ^ (in Dutch) "Zalm op een na beste minister van Financiën". Trouw. 1 November 2006. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  6. ^ (in Dutch) "Verkiezing van de Beste Minister van Financiën". Historisch Nieuwsblad. 15 May 2009. Retrieved 21 July 2017. 
  7. ^ (in Dutch) "Twintig jaar pinball in de Polder". Trouw. 8 October 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 

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Official
Party political offices
Preceded by
Hans Dijkstal
Leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
2002–2004
Succeeded by
Jozias van Aartsen
Parliamentary leader of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy
in the House of Representatives

2002–2003
Civic offices
Preceded by
Peter de Ridder
Director of the Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis
1989–1994
Succeeded by
Henk Don
Political offices
Preceded by
Wim Kok
Minister of Finance
1994–2002
2003–2007
Succeeded by
Hans Hoogervorst
Preceded by
Hans Hoogervorst
Succeeded by
Wouter Bos
Preceded by
Johan Remkes
Roelf de Boer
Deputy Prime Minister
2003–2007
Served alongside: Thom de Graaf (2003–2005)
Laurens Jan Brinkhorst (2005–2006)
Succeeded by
Wouter Bos
André Rouvoet
Preceded by
Laurens Jan Brinkhorst
Minister of Economic Affairs
2006
Succeeded by
Joop Wijn
Business positions
Preceded by
Rijkman Groenink
CEO and Chairman of ABN AMRO
2009–2017
Succeeded by
Kees van Dijkhuizen
New creation CEO and Chairman of Fortis Bank Nederland
2010
Office abolished
New creation CEO and Chairman of the ABN AMRO Group
2010–2017
Succeeded by
Kees van Dijkhuizen