Corporate governance

Management Board


David de Buck

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and a Member of the Management Board and the Executive Committee

David de Buck is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairman of the Management Board and the Executive Committee. He joined Intertrust as CEO in 2009, under Fortis ownership. Before his appointment as CEO of Intertrust in 2009, David was CEO of Fortis Lease Group. Earlier in his career, David held leadership roles in the areas of commodity finance and trading as well as global responsibilities for energy & utilities and telecom, media & technology sectors at Fortis and ING Bank. He was Supervisory board member of Fortis Groenbank and Director of the European Carbon Fund. His career spans 26 years of international experience in the financial services industry in Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Geneve, London and Hong Kong. David holds a BBA from the University of Nyenrode, Breukelen, The Netherlands.

Maarten de Vries

Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and a Member of the Management Board and the Executive Committee

Maarten de Vries is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and a member of the Management Board and the Executive Committee. Maarten brings more than 25 years of experience in finance and international business including several executive roles within listed companies. Previously he was the CFO and member of the Executive Board of TNT Express N.V. and before that the CEO of TP Vision, a joint venture between TPV and Royal Philips N.V. Prior to this, he held various roles at Royal Philips at Group Management Committee level, including Chief Information Officer, Chief Supply Officer and divisional CFO.

Executive Committee

Johan Dejans

Chief Human Resources Officer

Johan Dejans is the Chief Human Resources Officer. Johan has over 25 years of experience in the trust and corporate services industry and has been Managing Director of Intertrust Luxembourg since 2006. Before that, he worked as a tax lawyer in Belgium and moved to Luxembourg in 1994 to become the Managing Director of BBL Trust, later ING Trust, a position he held for twelve years. He studied Law at the University of Leuven and European Law at the University of Brussels, and subsequently specialised in EU and International Tax Law at ICHEC, Brussels. Additionally, Johan finished a Harvard Business School Leadership programme.

Colin MacKay

Managing Director, Cayman Islands

Colin MacKay is the Managing Director of Intertrust Cayman, having joined us in 2016 following the acquisition of the Elian Group. Colin was previously a Group Director of Elian with global responsibility for Elian’s Fund Services division. He joined Elian’s predecessor business, the Ogier Group, in 2003 becoming a partner in 2006 and subsequently a director of the trust, corporate and fund administration business in 2007. Colin graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1991 with a Bachelor of Laws degree with Honours and was admitted as a solicitor in Scotland in 1994. He worked in private practice with Maclay, Murray & Spens and MacRoberts before relocating to the Cayman Islands in 1999 and working at law firm, Ritch & Connolly, and Caledonian Bank & Trust Limited. A member of the Cayman Islands Law Society and the Cayman Islands Directors Association, Colin also serves as chairman of AIMA Cayman and is a registered director with the Cayman Island Monetary Authority pursuant to the Directors Registration and Licensing Law, 2014.


Dick Niezing

Managing Director, Netherlands

Dick Niezing is the Managing Director of Intertrust the Netherlands. He rejoined our Group in 2012 after having worked for us and our predecessors from 1997 until 2004. He came from a previous position as member of the management team Private and Business Banking at Van Lanschot Bankiers. Prior to that, he held several management positions at MeesPierson and Fortis. Dick holds a degree in Tax Law from the University of Amsterdam.

Henk Pieter van Asselt

Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) and Head of Asia and Market Offices

Henk Pieter van Asselt is the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) and Head of Asia and Market Offices since 2012. He started his career in 1997 at ABN AMRO Bank, where he held legal, commercial and management positions in The Netherlands, Curaçao and USA. He joined us in 2005 and expanded operations in North America before moving to London to re-start the UK and Ireland offices. He was appointed Global Head of Business Development in 2008 and became member of the Management Board as Global Head of Sales one year later. Henk Pieter holds a Master's degree in Civil Law from the University of Amsterdam.

Madelein Smit

Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Madelein Smit is the Chief Information Officer (CIO). She has over 15 years of experience in programme management, IT strategies and execution in broad international environments, coupled with a finance and accounting background. After 10 years in professional services with PWC and EY, Madelein moved to the client side joining TMF in 2007 and then Ceva Logistics in 2011, in both companies reporting directly to the CIO. In 2013 she held the role of Senior Client Partner at Infosys BPO, a broader commercial role that sees her leading all IT outsourcing activities for one of the company's largest international clients. She joined us in 2014. Madelein is an Associated Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Frank Welman

Managing Director, Luxembourg

Frank Welman is the Managing Director of Intertrust Luxembourg. Frank joined us as Commercial Director/Deputy Managing Director Luxembourg in 2015. Previously Frank has been active in various senior and management positions within the trust & corporate services industry. As from 2005, he held the positions of Head of Benelux, Global Head of International Structuring, Managing Director of the Luxembourg office and member of the Executive Committee of TMF Group. Prior to that, Frank was responsible for a number of MeesPierson Trust subsidiaries. Frank has been involved in a vast number of international financial transactions for over 25 years and has acquired an international experience in the corporate area, with a strong focus on M&A, Private Equity, Real Estate and Structured Finance. He holds a master’s degree in Dutch tax law from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands.

Paul Willing

Managing Director, Atlantic Region

Paul Willing is the Managing Director Atlantic Region and is responsible for Jersey, Guernsey, UK, Ireland, Bahamas and Bahrain. He joined us in 2016 with the acquisition of Elian, where he had held the position of CEO since 2009. Prior to becoming CEO of Elian, Paul was responsible for running the private wealth, investment funds and real estate administration businesses of that company. Paul has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, with an extensive career at PwC in both Jersey and Geneva. He is a graduate of the University of London and qualified as a chartered accountant with PwC in 1991.

Supervisory Board

Lionel Assant

Senior Managing Director and European Head of Private Equity at The Blackstone Group

Lionel Assant is a Senior Managing Director and European Head of Private Equity for Blackstone, based in London. Since joining Blackstone in 2003, Mr. Assant has been involved in various European investments and investment opportunities. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Assant worked at Goldman Sachs for seven years in the Mergers & Acquisitions, Asset Management and Private Equity divisions. Mr. Assant graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique with a Master's degree in Economics. He serves as a director of Alliance Automotive Group and Tangerine. Mr. Assant served on the board of Gerresheimer, United Biscuits, Klöckner Pentaplast and Mivisa.

Toine van Laack 

Registered Accountant and independent advisor

Toine van Laack is a Registered Accountant with extensive international experience in the finance and accounting sector. He spent 25 years at Ernst & Young where he held several senior positions, including Senior Audit Partner and Managing Partner for Transaction Advisory Services. More recently, he was managing director of Janivo Holding B.V., an investment company and family office based in Zeist, The Netherlands. He has also held supervisory positions on various boards including TomTom N.V., LBi N.V. and Nidera Capital B.V. Earlier in his career at Ernst & Young he spent several years working in Asia, including Singapore and Indonesia. He holds an Accounting degree from Tilburg University and also completed the Harvard Advanced Management Program. 

Mr. Van Laack joined Intertrust’s Supervisory Board in May 2017 and succeeded Bert Groenewegen as Chairperson of the Audit and Risk Committee.

Gerry Murphy

Senior Managing Director in the Corporate Private Equity group and chairman of The Blackstone Group International Partners LLP

Gerry Murphy is a Senior Managing Director in the Corporate Private Equity group and chairman of The Blackstone Group International Partners LLP, Blackstone's principal European regulated entity. Based in London, his primary focus is supporting Blackstone's activities across Europe and Asia and he serves as a director of Jack Wolfskin and has served as a director of United Biscuits and Merlin Entertainments Group. He is a non-executive director of British American Tobacco plc. Before joining Blackstone in 2008, Dr. Murphy spent five years as CEO of Kingfisher plc, and has also served as CEO of Carlton Communications plc, Exel plc and Greencore Group plc. Earlier in his career, he held senior operating and corporate positions with Grand Metropolitan plc (now Diageo plc) in Ireland, the UK and the USA. He has served on the boards of Reckitt Benckiser Group plc, Abbey National plc and Novar plc and on the UK government's Asia Task Force. Dr. Murphy was educated in Ireland and received his BSc with honours and PhD in food technology from University College Cork and a 1st Class MBS in marketing from University College Dublin.

Anthony Ruys

Former Chairman of the Executive Board of Heineken N.V.

Anthony Ruys is the former chairman of the executive board of Heineken N.V. He holds a degree in commercial law from the University of Utrecht and a Master's degree from Harvard Business School. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Orange-Nassau by the Dutch government in 2005. Mr. Ruys commenced his career at Unilever in 1974. During his tenure at Unilever, he served at various senior positions, including that of marketing director and chairman of various subsidiary companies in the Netherlands, Colombia and Italy. In 1993, he joined Heineken as a member of its executive board, became vice chairman in 1996 and chairman in 2002 and remained in that position until 2005. Mr. Ruys has served as a non-executive chairman of the board of the Schiphol Group until April 2015, and he has served as a non-executive board member of ABN AMRO N.V., BAT plc (UK), ITC plc (India) and Lottomatica Spa (Italy). Currently, Mr. Ruys holds non-executive positions at Janivo Holding, Stichting Codart and Stichting Beelden aan Zee.

Hélène Vletter-van Dort

Professor of (European) Financial Law

Hélène Vletter-van Dort is a professor of (European) Financial Law & Governance at the Erasmus School of Law of the University of Rotterdam and professor of Securities Law at the University of Groningen, both in the Netherlands. She is the author of numerous books and articles on Financial Law and Corporate Governance. Her PhD research focused on the equal treatment of shareholders of listed companies when distributing price sensitive information. Mrs. Vletter-van Dort started her career in 1988 as an M&A lawyer at Clifford Chance in Amsterdam. Between 2004 and 2008 she served as a judge at the Enterprise Chamber of the Court of Appeal of Amsterdam. Mrs. Vletter-van Dort has held non-executive board positions with a variety of financial institutions, including Fortis Bank Netherlands and the Dutch Central Bank. Since 2009 she is a member of the Dutch Monitoring Committee on Corporate Governance, appointed by the Dutch government. In October 2015, she was appointed to the Supervisory Board of NN Group N.V.