This excerpt taken from the ABN 20-F filed Mar 27, 2009.
Gerrit Zalm is the Chief Executive Officer (‘CEO’) of ABN AMRO as of 28 February 2009. He was appointed to the Managing Board on 23 December 2008 in the role of Vice Chairman. Gerrit Zalm is the Board Member responsible for the ABN AMRO businesses acquired by the Dutch state. In 1975 he started working for the Ministry of Finance as an employee of the Economic Affairs section of the Budget Preparation Division. In 1977 he was appointed Head of that section and in 1978 he became Head of the Division. In 1981 he was appointed the Deputy Director for Budgetary Affairs. Two years later Mr Zalm was appointed as the Deputy Director for General Economic Policy at the Ministry for Economic Affairs, and in 1985, he eventually became Director. From 1988, Mr Zalm was employed at the Central Planning Bureau, first as Deputy Director and later as Director. From 1990 he also began teaching Economic Policy at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Mr Zalm was Minister of Finance during the first and second terms of Dutch Prime Minister Kok from 22 August 1994 until 22 July 2002. During 2002 and 2003, he was a Member of the Dutch Parliament and Chairman of his party’s parliamentary group VVD. From 27 May 2003 until 22 February 2007, Mr Zalm was Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister in the second and third terms of Prime Minister Balkenende. After leaving the Dutch Government in February 2007, Mr Zalm was the CFO and Chief Economist at DSB Bank until December 2008. After completing his secondary education, he studied General Economics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He graduated in 1975.