NETHERLANDS - Lex Hoogduin has been appointed director of IRIS - the joint investment research institute of asset manager Robeco and Rabobank.

Hoogduin, 49, will combine his new role with his job as chief economist at Robeco, where he started in 2005.

The new IRIS director succeeds Jeroen van der Put, who will join the management of Robeco Belgium, according to a statement.

“As former head of scientific research of pensions regulator De Nederlandsche Bank, and former adviser of Wim Duisenberg, the late chairman of the European Central Bank, Hoogduin will bring IRIS valuable experience and knowledge,” Robeco said.

“This will contribute to an increase of Iris’s reputation as a leading research institute”.

Apart from his responsibilities at Robeco and IRIS, Hoogduin is a professor of monetary economy and financial institutions at Amsterdam University.