Harris Antoniou, CEO of Amsterdam Trade Bank, to step down to pursue new challenges

Amsterdam Trade Bank (ATB) has announced that Harris Antoniou will step down from his role as Chief Executive Officer to pursue new challenges outside the bank.

“Having served my term as CEO for the past four years and having completed a number of important projects to reposition the bank, now is the right time to hand the reigns to a new leader in order to focus on projects close to my heart, linked to technology and sustainability and the next stage of development of the global economy,” said Antoniou.

“My time with ATB has been a tremendously rewarding journey. I have been fortunate to work with remarkable people to solve some important challenges. I would like to thank the board, shareholders, and all of my colleagues at ATB for their support throughout my term. I appreciate the strong relationships we have developed.”

The Supervisory Board has initiated a search for a successor to Antoniou, who will stay on until February 2020, continuing to work to support ATB’s growth and accelerate commercial development in support of all its clients, employees and other stakeholders.

“The Supervisory Board is very grateful to Harris and his team for what has been a significant achievement. The bank is well on track with its growth plans and its strategic initiatives. We look forward to continuing our good cooperation in the period ahead,” said Ron Emerson, chairman of the Supervisory Board.

Under Antoniou ATB has been repositioned with a strong focus on trade & commodity finance and associated assets. This strategy is based on the principle that trade is good for the world economy and is aligned with the positioning of the Netherlands as a global trading hub.

At the same time, the bank has promoted corporate citizenship by actively supporting educational goals through cooperation with United World Colleges and Erasmus University. ATB was under Antoniou’s leadership also one of first signatories to the Poseidon Principles aiming to improve the role of maritime finance in addressing global environmental issues.