At the end of 2013, the Supervisory Board had one female and five male members. The Management Board had one female member and three male members. In the period ahead, the Supervisory Board will continue to work with the Management Board to achieve as much diversity as possible among the seats of both bodies. Schiphol runs a development and leadership programme to ensure that both enough men and women receive the opportunity to develop themselves in preparation for upper-management and executive positions. Further personal details on each member of the Supervisory Board can be found in the next section of this Annual Report.
In making new appointments, the Supervisory Board aims to safeguard the complementary nature of its members, particularly in relation to the fields of knowledge that are relevant to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol; these are listed in the Supervisory Board Profile (Appendix A to the Supervisory Board Regulations). The overview included indicates the knowledge areas represented by each Supervisory Director. The division of knowledge areas as set out below will factor into the filling of any new vacancies that arise.
All the members of the Supervisory Board are independent within the meaning of the Corporate Governance Code, with the exception of Mr De Romanet de Beaune, who is president and CEO of Aéroports de Paris S.A., and Mr Wijn, who is a member of ABN AMRO Bank N.V. Management Board. Mr De Romanet de Beaune is a French national, while the other members are Dutch citizens. Mr De Romanet de Beaune was a Supervisory Board Member at Schiphol Group until 14 October 2013.
As part of the permanent education programme for all Supervisory Board members, in 2013 the Management Board organised a presentation on market developments in the aviation sector in which they were assisted by an external expert. During the Strategic Days, the Supervisory Board also took the opportunity to obtain extensive information on the evaluation of the Aviation Act (Wet luchtvaart) and possible improvements to the economic regulations, as well as on the economic and social circumstances that apply to conducting business in Brazil, also with input from external experts. Lastly, the Management Board gave a presentation to the Supervisory Board on winter operations at Schiphol.
In 2013, the Supervisory Board conducted a self-evaluation which included a questionnaire. The evaluation was based in part on the recommendations from the external evaluation conducted in 2010, and the resulting action plan. The self-evaluation was discussed both before and after completion of the questionnaire during the closed sections of the Supervisory Board meetings. The Supervisory Board is in favour of this procedure, partly because it provides the opportunity to increase effectiveness.