Hanneke Smits
Chief Executive Officer, BNY Mellon Investment Management

Hanneke Smits

Hanneke is responsible for the strategic direction and the resulting company performance for BNY Mellon Investment Management. In her role, Hanneke provides day to day oversight of the Investment Management firms, coordinating the efforts of senior executives and collaborating with them to execute their strategic objectives and actions.

Experience: Hanneke was previously CEO of Newton Investment Management, a BNY Mellon Investment Management firm, from 2016 to 2020.

Hanneke started her career as an Investment Manager at Pantheon Ventures and worked for Philips China Hong Kong Group. She then joined private equity firm Adams Street Partners in 1997 to build out its global investment capabilities, and successfully launched its presence in Europe and Asia. She served on its Executive Committee from 2001 to 2014, having been Chief Investment Officer from 2008 to 2014.

Qualifications: Hanneke has a BBA from Nijenrode University, Netherlands and an MBA from the London Business School.

Board Committee Membership: Director of NIM Board, Manager of NIMNA Board, Chair of NIMNA Remuneration Committee, Member of NIM Remuneration Committee, Member of NIM NIMNA Nominations Committee.

External Appointments: Hanneke is the Global Chair of the 30% Club, a campaign led by Chairs and CEOs of companies committed to increasing gender diversity at the board and executive levels of organisations around the world. Hanneke is passionate about inequality and serves as Chair of Impetus, a venture philanthropy organisation which backs charities to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people. She is Trustee of the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), founded in 2011 by The Sutton Trust in partnership with Impetus. Hanneke was also a Non-Executive Director to the Court of the Bank of England, and a co-founder and first Chair of Level 20, a not-for-profit organization set up in 2015 to inspire women to join and succeed in the private equity industry.

Interests: Away from work, alongside enjoying time with her family, Hanneke loves to travel, is an avid reader, as well as a keen tennis player and skier and still trying to improve her golf.