News - February 17, 2010

Dijkhuizen's bonus to be cut

The supervisory board has reappointed Aalt Dijkhuizen for a third four-year term. But his bonus will be cut from thirty to ten percent.

'We are very pleased to be able to appoint Aalt Dijkhuizen for a third term. He has achieved a great deal over the last eight years, and the organization is now stable and thriving. That is very important because the university is running well but there are uncertain times ahead for DLO. And VHL is going through a difficult period too.' These are the words of Margreeth de Boer, chair of the supervisory council Wageningen UR. Last Monday Minister Verburg of LNV endorsed the council's decision to reappoint Dijkhuizen.
There were serious negotiations about salary - at 303 thousand Euros, Dijkhuizen is the Netherlands' most expensive educational executive. De Boer: 'Of course we talked about salary, there was a lot of discussion about it. We cannot do anything about the huge salary, because it is based on a contract that was agreed eight years ago. But the bonus will be reduced over four years from around thirty to ten percent.' Dijkhuizen has agreed to the cut.
The reduction will apply to the whole executive Council. Bonuses for Dijkhuizen, Martin Kropff and Tijs Breukink are not to exceed ten percent, in line with those of the board of directors and other directors. A bonus is only granted if a goal agreed in advance is achieved.
Jobs on the side
The supervisory board would also like to see Dijkhuizen cut down on the number of additional posts he takes on. Dijkhuizen is on the supervisory board of the Dutch public broadcasting corporation and of Struik soup factory, he is Commissioner for soft drink producer Refresco and seed company Incotec, and he has six advisory positions. De Boer: 'Whenever reappointment is discussed, this is one of the first things that come up. The aim is to reduce the number of additional posts.'
The supervisory council also has a couple of suggestions for improvement for Dijkhuizen. De Boer: 'The employees council wonder whether his international work is necessary, and some find him rather blunt. That is a largely a matter of communication. It has been discussed and the supervisory council is taking it very seriously.'