7 November 2017

Annetje Ottow appointed vice-president of Utrecht University Executive Board

Annetje Ottow

From 1 January 2018, Prof. Annetje Ottow will be the new vice-president of the Executive Board of Utrecht University. She is currently Dean of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance. The Supervisory Board has appointed Ottow for a period of four years, with the option of reappointment.

Prof. Emmo Meijer, chair of the Supervisory Board, is very pleased with the new step of Ottow: ‘She has a great deal of experience and knows the university inside and out, but has proven herself outside of academia as well. She is known as someone with a big heart for diversity and as an expert in the field of supervision. She is the perfect candidate to strengthen the Executive Board and help realise the university’s Strategic Plan.’ The Executive Board is additionally composed of president Prof. Anton Pijpers and Rector Magnificus Prof. Bert van der Zwaan. The exact portfolio distribution between the board members will be examined in further detail and determined at a later time.

Reaching across boundaries

About Annetje Ottow: ‘This step will enable me to make an even greater contribution to our beautiful university. As chair of the Diversity Taskforce, I have experienced how inspiring it is to work with so many different colleagues and students from all parts of the university. In my new position, I’ll be able to reach across boundaries and connect people with one another even more.’ Ottow has agreed with the Supervisory Board that she will spend half- a-day per week working on her own scientific research. ‘This will allow me to continue developing and promoting my expertise in the area of supervision.’

Annetje Ottow

Annetje Ottow (b. 1965) studied law at Leiden University and earned a Master of Law from Queen Mary College in London in 1990. Between 1990 and 2006, she worked as a lawyer, first at De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek and later at Houthoff Buruma, where she was a partner. From 2006 to 2013, Ottow was a member of the board of the Dutch Independent Post and Telecommunications Agency (OPTA). She received her PhD from the University of Amsterdam in June 2006. She specialises in supervision and supervisors, market regulation, competition and European law, and became Professor of Public Economic Law in Utrecht in 2007. In her research, Ottow combines her academic expertise with her practical experience.

Among other roles, Ottow serves as a non-governmental adviser for the ICN, the international network of competition authorities. She is also a member of the Supervisory Board of the Dutch Legal Services Counter and non-executive director of the British Competition and Markets Authority.

Utrecht University adheres to the Dutch Executives' Pay (Standards) Act.