PME, the €40bn pension fund for the Dutch metal industry, has appointed Eric Uijen as chief executive.

He is to succeed Hans van der Windt, who is to retire on 1 July. 

According to PME’s board, Uijen has “very broad experience” in management and governance in the pensions sector.

Currently, Uijen is director of the notaries scheme SNPF, which is preparing a merger with the pension fund for notaries’ staff.

At the same time, he is chairman at SBZ, the industry-wide scheme for care insurers.

Uijen has been director of the pension fund of industrial conglomerate Stork, which joined PME in 2012.

As a director at provider MN, he has been responsible for the introduction of an administration system for PME.

Furthermore, Uijen has been director of the industry-wide pension fund for the hospitality sector, Horeca & Catering.

Franswillen Briët, PME’s chairman, praised Uijen for his experience and contacts in the pensions sector.

Under Van der Windt, PME has taken in more than 20 pension funds.

The metal scheme provides pensions for almost 150,000 workers and a similar number of pensioners, affiliated with more than 1,200 companies in the metal and engineering industries.