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Janwillem Bouma has joined the board at PensionsEurope, filling the void left by the departure of Benne van Popta.

IPE understands that Bouma, director of the pensions office at Shell Netherlands, will join chair Joanne Segars of the UK’s National Association of Pension Funds and vice-chair Pierre Bollon, director general of France’s AFG, on the organisation’s board.

The appointment marks the second time Bouma has replaced Van Popta, following his appointment to the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority’s pension stakeholder group (OPSG).

Van Popta resigned from his European roles – both as chair of the OPSG and vice-chair of PensionsEurope – earlier this year to focus his attention on his responsibilities in the Netherlands, which include positions at metal workers fund PMT and retail sector scheme Detailhandel. 

Following the resignation, the OPSG elected Philip Shier as replacement chair.

Bouma has been with the Shell’s Dutch pension fund since 2010, now overseeing both its defined benefit and defined contribution arrangements.

He is also a member of the Dutch Pension Federation’s board.

The organisation declined to comment on the appointment, noting that Van Popta’s replacement on the PensionsEurope board would need approval from its membership.

The industry group is due to hold its general assembly in Spain in late April.

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