NETHERLANDS – PME, the industry-wide pension fund for the Dutch engineering sector and the third-largest scheme in the country, says it has appointed Hans van der Windt as its new chief pensions officer.

Van der Windt, 53, will take over from Gerard van Dalen, who last week was named as chief executive of Doctors Pension Fund Services.

“PME has again attracted a governmental heavyweight,” the €19.1bn fund said.

“Van der Windt is not only employees’ chairman and member of the executive board, he is also employees’ chairman of the Dutch Association of Industry-wide pension funds VB and board member of the metal scheme Metaal en Techniek PMT.”

He will relinquish his current roles when he starts his new job as of September 1.

Van Dalen became PME’s pensions head, shortly before the merger between of the PMI and SVM funds which created PME.

Together with investment chief Roland van den Brink he was instrumental in leading PME to its current leading position, the scheme added.