– NETHERLANDS, the Hague –  Aegon (NYSE: AEG) today announced that its Supervisory Board intends to propose the appointment of Lard Friese as CEO to the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders. He will join the company as CEO-designate effective March 1, 2020, and succeed Alex Wynaendts at the AGM to be held on May 15, 2020.

William Connelly, Chairman Supervisory Board stated: “We are very pleased to announce our intention to appoint Lard as Aegon’s new CEO after a thorough selection process from a strong bench of candidates. Lard is an outstanding leader with a proven track record and extensive experience in the insurance sector, including ten years at Aegon. He has led a wide range of businesses and inspired teams to achieve market‑leading positions.”

Following 11 years under Alex’s leadership, in which the company has undergone a successful strategic and financial transformation, we started a succession process in November last year. The company is now optimally positioned for the next phase of development, and Lard’s intended appointment is a natural next step in building a sustainably growing and profitable business. The Supervisory Board is very grateful for Alex’s continued leadership and expresses its gratitude for his commitment and enormous contribution to Aegon over more than two decades,” he added.

Alex Wynaendts, CEO said: “It has been a great privilege to lead Aegon during these past 11 years and to work with so many dedicated colleagues around the world to help our nearly 30 million customers secure their financial futures. I am very proud that we have successfully transformed Aegon and the company is now well-positioned to realize its full potential. This creates a natural moment for me to hand over to my successor, who I welcome back to Aegon. I look forward to working together with my colleagues on executing on our strategic agenda until our AGM in 2020.”

Mr. Wynaendts joined Aegon in 1997 and was appointed as a member of the company’s Executive Board in 2003. He became COO in April 2007 and was appointed CEO and Chairman of Aegon’s Executive Board the following year.

Mr. Wynaendts will work closely together with Mr. Friese from March onwards to ensure a seamless leadership transition, and he will remain available as advisor to the company until September 30, 2020.

About Lard Friese

Mr. Friese joins Aegon from NN Group where he currently is CEO. He has close to 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry, including at Aegon between 1993 and 2003. The intended appointment has been approved by the company’s regulators and positively advised upon by Aegon’s works council.

Lard Friese said: “I am delighted to be joining Aegon as the next Chief Executive Officer at an exciting time for the business. Aegon has a long history of innovation, developing valued-added products and services for its customers, and well-known brands which provide financial security for people across the globe. I look forward to working together with the management team to fully capitalize on the company’s opportunities.”

About Aegon

Aegon’s roots go back 175 years – to the first half of the nineteenth century. Since then, Aegon has grown into an international company, with businesses in more than 20 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Today, Aegon is one of the world’s leading financial services organizations, providing life insurance, pensions, and asset management. Aegon’s purpose is to help people achieve a lifetime of financial security.

For more information, visit aegon.com.

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