New head of ABM AMRO Lease UK appointed as George Ashworth’s successor

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Richard de Keijzer has been appointed managing director at ABM AMRO’s UK branch.

Frank Stienstra, CEO of ABN AMRO Lease, said: “The UK is an important market for ABN AMRO Lease. With his extensive and broad experience in various positions I am very confident that Richard, together with his team, will contribute positively to the overall international strategy of ABN AMRO Lease and ABN AMRO Bank.”

Richard de Keijzer has been at the forefront of the international activities of ABN AMRO Lease for years. First as program manager international followed by his roles as sales director and managing director for the UK.

Prior to that, he has enjoyed a successful track record within ABN AMRO Bank in various commercial and managerial positions within Corporate Banking (Trade & Commodity Finance, Commercial Banking, Sector Advisory) over a period of 14 years.

ABN AMRO Lease NV (UK Branch) first opened its doors for business in June 2014 with veteran UK lessor George Ashworth as its managing director. Ashworth left the company to join Virgin Money in November 2015.

At the time Stienstra explained: “We are all very proud of what has been accomplished during our first full year of operation. By whatever metric one may choose, it has been a success story, largely due to the commitment of our clients and the professional, hard-working and enthusiastic team led by George Ashworth.

“It is with mixed feelings, but with warm wishes for the future and as a courtesy to clients, that ABN AMRO Lease advises of George’s departure from the business. He will be taking up what is best described as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” at Virgin Money.”

ABN AMRO Lease delivers asset-based solutions (i.e. equipment lease) to SME’s, a broad range of national and international operating corporates and the public sector. ABN AMRO Lease is active in the Netherlands, Germany, the UK and Belgium and employs 233 staff