Gerrit Zalm

Gerrit Zalm

Date of birth: 6 May 1952
Nationality: Dutch

Gerrit Zalm joined the Managing Board of ABN AMRO Bank N.V. (ABN AMRO) on 23 December 2008 in the role of Vice-Chairman. In 2009, he became Chairman of the ABN AMRO and Fortis Bank Nederland Transition Team that was responsible for the integration of ABN AMRO and Fortis Bank Nederland up to 1 April 2010. He has been Chairman of the Managing Board of ABN AMRO since 1 April 2010 (when Fortis Bank Nederland legally merged with ABN AMRO).

Before joining the bank, Gerrit Zalm was Minister of Finance in the two ‘purple’ cabinets in the Netherlands (socialist, democrat and right-wing; from 1994-2002), chairman of the VVD Liberal Party in the Lower House (2002) and Minister of Finance (2003-2007). Prior to this, he was head of the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, a professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and held various positions at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs. Between serving as Finance Minister and joining ABN AMRO, he was Chief Economist (July 2007-January 2008) and CFO (January 2008-December 2008) at DSB.

Gerrit Zalm studied General Economics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and received an Honorary Doctorate in Economics from this university.

Honorary Doctorate in Economics (2008), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Master’s Degree Level General Economics (1975), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


  • Non-executive Director, Royal Dutch Shell
  • Chairman Advisory Council "Wigo-4it", a cooperative effort of the social assistance organisations of the four largest cities in the Netherlands
  • Member of Board, Dutch Banking Association
  • Chairman Board of Governors National Academy for Finance and Economics
  • Honorary member of the liberal party (VVD)