Marjan Oudeman will be succeeding another ‘power woman’: Yvonne van Rooy. Van Rooy resigned as President in late 2012 to join the Netherlands Hospitals’ Association. Oudeman is not the first female university president that made the move from business. Pauline van der Meer Mohr left her position as top manager at ABN Amro to become president of the Erasmus University.
Emmo Meijer, chairman of the Supervisory Board, is very pleased with the appointment of Oudeman: “Utrecht University currently has a strong position, which it aims to maintain. This will require the implementation of our ambitious Strategic Plan.
Marjan Oudeman’s experience, authority, international network and leadership abilities will be key in achieving our goals. She will be able to play an especially crucial role in terms of the University’s organizational development at both national and international level, and in the valorization of education and research”.
Oudeman (1958) is a member of the Executive Committee at AkzoNobel, where she is responsible for overseeing HR policy and organizational development. She previously served as a member of the Executive Committee of the European division of Tata Steel Group, formerly Corus Group, and as Executive Director of the steel company’s Strip Division.
Oudeman studied Law at the University of Groningen and obtained MBAs from Rotterdam Erasmus University and the University of Rochester, New York. Ms Oudeman holds various external positions. She is a member of the supervisory boards of Dutch Railways and ABN Amro Group, and serves as a member of the Board of Directors at Statoil. She is also a Supervisory Board member at Platform Bèta Techniek.