Albert Akkerman has announced his departure as chief executive at the €18bn asset manager and pensions provider SPF Beheer, after almost 14 years in the job.

Akkerman said he planned to retire on 1 July and that, between now and then, he would help ensure a smooth transition for his successor, Edwin Kreikamp.

Kreikamp, a member of the executive board at insurer ASR Pensioen, is to start at SPF Beheer on 1 March and assume the chief executive position on 1 April.

Akkerman said his departure had been planned “for a long time” and that he always planned to leave at 64.

He said he would remain as a board member at the €59bn metal scheme PMT, as well as a lecturer at the business university Nyenrode.

Before he joined SPF Beheer in 2002, Akkerman served as chief executive at a KLM pension fund and the social fund for the painting sector (SFS), as well as chairman of the company pension fund SPS.

He was also on the board at Aegon Pensioen.

SPF Beheer, which sought a candidate with a “broad and generalist profile” to replace Akkerman, cited Kreikamp’s experience in client service, organisation, IT and implementation.

SPF Beheer is pensions provider for the large railways scheme SPF and the public transport pension fund SPOV.

The company has almost 20 clients in total, including the sector schemes PNO Media and Horeca & Catering.