Aegon appoints Marco Keim to lead Dutch unit

Aegon N.V. has appointed Marco Keim as Chief Executive Officer of Aegon The Netherlands and member of the Management Board*), effective June 1, 2008.

Since 2002, Mr. Keim, 45, has served as CEO of the Swiss Life activities in the Netherlands.

"We're delighted that Marco will become CEO of Aegon The Netherlands. Over recent years, he has built a strong track record as an executive and has gained a broad knowledge of the insurance industry. The Netherlands continues to be an important market for us. We have set ambitious growth targets for the Dutch market and we have every confidence that Marco is the right person for this position," said Alexander Wynaendts, Aegon's chairman-elect of the Executive Board.

Aegon in the Netherlands is a leading life insurance and pension company and the country's largest provider of group pensions. Last year, Aegon The Netherlands accounted for almost a fifth of Aegon's assets under management and more than 17% of operating earnings before tax. Aegon The Netherlands employs approximately 6,200 people.

"Becoming CEO of Aegon The Netherlands is a logical next step for me in my career. After nine great years at Swiss Life, it is now time for a new challenge. For me, this challenge will come not only in the Netherlands, but also internationally as a member of Aegon's Management Board. I look forward to working with all Aegon The Netherlands' employees and providing fresh leadership as together we strive to achieve the ambitious growth targets we have set for ourselves," said Marco Keim.

Marco Keim's appointment is subject to regulatory approval.

*) The Management Board of Aegon N.V. consists of the members of the Executive Board and the CEOs of Aegon USA, Aegon UK and Aegon The Netherlands. 

Biography Marco B.A. Keim

CEO Aegon The Netherlands
Age: 45; Nationality: Dutch

Marco Keim began his career with Coopers & Lybrand/Van Dien Accountants. Educated at the universities of Nyenrode, Utrecht, Rotterdam and Amsterdam, he continued his career with aircraft builder Fokker Aircraft and NS Reizigers B.V., part of the Dutch railway company NS Group. In 1999, Mr. Keim joined Zwitserleven as Board Member. About six months later, still being a Board Member, he became Director of Marketing & Sales. In 2002, Mr. Keim was appointed in his current role, CEO of the Swiss Life activities in the Netherlands.

1987-1990: Worked as Assistant Accountant in the international accounting practice Coopers & Lybrand/Van Dien Accountants.

1990-1996: Worked in various functions at Fokker Aircraft, first as a Financial Services Manager at Aircraft Financing & Trading Holding, and later as a Manager Account Development at Fokker Aircraft.

1996 - 1999:  Worked for NS Reizigers, part of the Dutch railway company NS Group, as Head Marketing Services and member of the Management Team Marketing & Sales.

1999:  Joined Zwitserleven, the Dutch division of Swiss Life as Member of the Executive Board. In 2002, he was appointed CEO of the Swiss Life activities in the Netherlands.

Marco Keim is member of the Board of the Verbond van Verzekeraars, the Dutch association of insurance companies, and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ESC N.V., the organization that administers the pension fund of (former) Shell employees that used to work in CuraƧao.

Post Graduate - Accounting - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (1990)
MSc Economics - Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam (1988)
Master of Law - Universiteit van Utrecht (1988)
Bachelor of Business Administration - Universiteit Nyenrode (1983)



Aegon The Netherlands is one of the country's leading providers of life insurance and pensions, with millions of customers and approximately 6,200 employees. Aegon The Netherlands has its headquarters in The Hague, but also has offices in Leeuwarden, Groningen and Nieuwegein. Over 2007, Aegon The Netherlands operating earnings before tax amounted to EUR 362 million, while its value of new business amounted to EUR 51 million.