AMSTERDAM Jan 11 ABN Amro said on
Wednesday one of its most prominent executives will leave the
company to join payments processor Adyen, one of Europe's larger
Joop Wijn, a former Dutch economic affairs minister, headed
ABN's corporate banking division.
ABN did not say whether Wijn's departure was linked to the
appointment of Kees van Dijkhuizen as ABN's new CEO in January.
Wijn will become chief strategy and risk officer at Adyen,
a rival to Worldpay, PayPal and Square,
backed by top venture capital firms and wealthy tech investors
including Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg.
Adyen handles payments for clients including Netflix
, Dropbox, Facebook, Uber, Airbnb, and
In a statement Wijn said he is leaving ABN's corporate
banking division is "in good shape and well positioned for
"After eight great years, I am now ready for a new
challenge," he said.
Privately-held Adyen is expected to report earnings later
this month amid speculation it may be quietly preparing an
initial public offering.
Chief Executive Pieter van der Does says privately-held
Adyen wants to become a full-service payments provider for
retailers and online merchants globally before the company would
consider a stock market listing, a process that could take
In 2015, Adyen's revenue doubled to 330 million euros ($360
million) in 2015, while profits more than doubled to 40 million
(Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Adrian Croft)