Rob van Oostveen

Rob-van OostveenRob van Oostveen: ‘I worked in a restaurant and started an investment club with colleagues’

September 2013 – Rob van Oostveen studied Chemistry but shot to success in the world of money. This banker has been recognized by Management Team magazine as a goudhaantje (‘gold crest’): people aged around 40 who have a great future in the business sector.

Rob studied Chemistry at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, following it up with a further qualification as a chartered financial analyst (CFA) and an MBA programme at the INSEAD business school in Paris. From 1998 to 2008 he held various posts at ABN AMRO Asset Management, including investment analyst, operations director for the investment team of ABN AMRO Asset Management and head of integration at Fortis Investment Management. After 2008 he held a number of posts at Van Lanschot Bankiers: investment director, corporate director private banking, corporate director investment, corporate director and CEO of Van Lanschot Belgium. Since September 2013 he has been corporate director for corporate banking.

"I chose to study Chemistry because I liked the subject and I was good at it, but I was also attracted to business. I hoped to be able to combine the two. That’s why I aimed to expand my skills during my studies: I did an Introduction to Marketing course at the Faculty of Economics and Policy & Administration at the Faculty of Science . I presented my graduation project at DSM and after graduating I started work at Procter & Gamble in a post somewhere between research and marketing. We tested our own detergents to underpin advertising claims, investigated serious complaints and tested competitor’s detergents as well. But every day I read the financial section of the newspaper. After two years I summoned up courage and applied to ABN AMRO for a post as management trainee.”