AMSTERDAM, August 18, 2017 – Blanco supports asset managers, investment firms, investment institutions and (private) banks with scalable innovative solutions for wealth & asset management, based on state-of-the-art technology. In recent months, Blanco has introduced a number of technical solutions that were not previously available to wealth and asset managers, and will introduce more services in the near future that will change the financial sector considerably. From a contingency point of view, the board of directors believes it is important to install an Advisory Board that will support it in future growth and development. The Advisory Board will periodically challenge the management on strategy. Former BlackRock Executive Leen Meijaard will be the first member of Blanco’s Advisory Board.
Leen Meijaard was a member of the Executive Committee for EMEA from 2007 to 2016 at BlackRock, the largest asset manager in the world. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2002, he worked for Fidelity and Robeco. In addition, Leen is also a commissioner with several companies including AFC Ajax NV. About his role as an advisor for Blanco, he says: “The Netherlands is the FinTech testing-ground for capital asset management, and Blanco has already played a disruptive role with its innovative solutions and team of experts. Using new technology in the financial services industry does not automatically provide an improvement over legacy systems; new solutions only add value if new and useful connections can be made between front office and back office, retail and wholesale and customer and asset manager. Blanco does all of that and therefore has a wonderful future ahead. With my knowledge, experience and network I can definitely support further growth of Blanco. “
Blanco CEO Joost Walgemoed on the arrival of Leen Meijaard as adviser: “We have started Blanco because there is a clear need with financial service providers that is not provided for; They want to regain the time they are now losing to non-core activities, so that they can once again focus on servicing their clients. At Blanco, we share both innovation in wealth & asset management and our knowledge of Legal, Compliance, Risk and Audit with our clients. With this combination, we can provide for that need. Now that we have Leen as an adviser, Blanco will be able even better to provide customers with the best products and services. That Leen is sharing his knowledge, experience and international network with us is invaluable to both ourselves and our customers.”
The Advisory Board will meet on a regular basis to advise management on issues and developments. As the company grows, the company will welcome more Advisory Board members.