All members of the Supervisory Board are independent within the meaning of the Corporate Governance Code, with the exception of Mr Graff, who was the CEO of Aéroports de Paris, and Mr Wijn, who is a member of the board of ABN Amro Bank. Mr Graff is a French national; the other members are Dutch citizens. Mr Graff was a member of the Supervisory Board of Schiphol Group up to and including 11 November 2012.
At the end of 2012, the Supervisory Board had two female and five male members. The Management Board has one female member and three male members. In the coming period, the Supervisory Board will continue to make an effort, together with the Management Board, to arrive at an as diverse as possible distribution of positions within both bodies. With its development and leadership programme, Schiphol ensures that both sufficient men and women can develop their potential and qualify for higher management and board positions. Further personal details on each member of the Supervisory Board can be found in the next section of this annual report.
In the appointment of its members, the Supervisory Board aims for a complementary composition, in particular with regard to the fields of expertise that are relevant for Schiphol; these are specified in the profiles of the Supervisory Board members (annex A to the Supervisory Board Regulations). The table below specifies which Supervisory Board members represent which area of expertise. When filling new vacancies, the distribution of areas of expertise as specified below is taken into account.
In connection with the permanent education of the whole Supervisory Board, the slot coordinator Ms Ditvoorst held a presentation in 2012 about the European and Dutch system of slot allocation at airports. During the strategy day, the Supervisory Board was informed extensively about the evaluation of the Aviation Act and possible improvements of the economic regulations. In addition, Mr Ruys (Chairman of the Supervisory Board) visited South Korea in relation to the cooperation between Schiphol, Aéroports de Paris and Incheon International Airport.
In 2012, the Supervisory Board carried out an internal evaluation, which included completion of a questionnaire. The recommendations from the external evaluation in 2010 and the resulting action list were used as a guideline for the evaluation. The Supervisory Board plans to carry out an extensive evaluation in 2013 also in view of a number of new appointments to the Board.