News — 13 Jun 2018

The Supervisory Board of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam has taken note of the report ‘Governance and the Wet Normering Topinkomens at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (‘Governance en de WNT bij het Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam’).

We are grateful to the researchers for their efforts. We endorse the conclusions in general terms and embrace all of the report’s recommendations.

Over the past six months, a number of recommendations in relation to aspects such as financial governance, ethics, transparency, codes of conduct, the relationship with the Works Council and conflicts of interest, have already been implemented. We shall move forward with this current line of action. The researchers also note that, in a number of areas, supervision was inadequate. The board intends to learn from these findings and, in the interests of the Stedelijk Museum, will take steps to improve its performance in consultation with the municipality, the directorate, the works council and the patrons.

In the report into governance and pay rates at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Supervisory Board also notes that the researchers speak of an unfortunate concurrence of events with regard to Beatrix Ruf. The Supervisory Board will consider this conclusion in the coming period.

Furthermore, the Supervisory Board has approved the decision of Rita Kersting, as well as Madeleine de Cock Buning and Jos van Rooijen, to resign from the Supervisory Board with immediate effect.

In view of their expertise and experience, Cees de Bruin, Ronald Hans, Willem de Rooij and Joyce Sylvester, have indicated their wish to assume responsibility and help to restore order and stability. A new chairman of the Supervisory Board will be recruited immediately in consultation with the municipality. Until then, Cees de Bruin has been appointed interim chairman.

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