The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of ING Groep N.V. adopted the 2016 Annual Accounts today and declared a total dividend for 2016 of EUR 0.66 per ordinary share. Taking into account the interim cash dividend of EUR 0.24 paid in August 2016, the final dividend amounts to EUR 0.42 per share, to be paid fully in cash. ING's shares will be quoted ex-dividend on Euronext Amsterdam as of 10 May 2017, coinciding with the publication of ING's first quarter 2017 results. The record date for the final dividend 2016 entitlement is 11 May 2017. The final dividend will be made payable on 18 May 2017. For holders of American Depositary Receipts (ADR), the final dividend will be made payable on 25 May 2017.
The AGM reappointed CEO Ralph Hamers and appointed Koos Timmermans and Steven van Rijswijk as members to the Executive Board of ING. As announced on 16 March 2017, Koos Timmermans will become chief financial officer, succeeding Patrick Flynn, who has decided to pursue his career outside of ING. Steven van Rijswijk will succeed Wilfred Nagel who continues as a member of the Executive Board and chief risk officer until 1 August 2017. Steven van Rijswijk will become chief risk officer as per that date.
The AGM reappointed Hermann-Josef Lamberti, Robert Reibestein and Jeroen van der Veer to the Supervisory Board of ING. In addition, the AGM appointed Jan Peter Balkenende, Margarete Haase and Hans Wijers as members of the Supervisory Board. As announced on 16 March 2017, Isabel Martín Castellá has retired from the Supervisory Board as per the end of the AGM 2017, having reached the ING age limit for the Supervisory Board members.
After the AGM, the Supervisory Board of ING consists of:
|Jeroen van der Veer, Chairman**||Margarete Haase*|
| Jan Peter Balkenende*|
Eric Boyer de la Giroday
| Hermann-Josef Lamberti|
|Henk Breukink||Ann Sherry|
|Mariana Gheorghe|| Hans Wijers*|
*The appointments of Jan Peter Balkenende and Hans Wijers will become effective as per 1 September 2017. In light of a planned reduction of the total number of her board positions, the appointment of Margarete Haase will become effective at a later date upon the decision of the Supervisory Board.
** It is the intention of the Supervisory Board that Hans Wijers succeeds Jeroen van der Veer as chairman of the Supervisory Board as per the end of the 2018 AGM. Therefore the AGM has reappointed Jeroen van der Veer as member of the Supervisory Board for a period of one year; i.e. ending per the end of the 2018 AGM.
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