René studied Business Economics at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, followed by the post-graduate study for Chartered Accountant. In 1981 he joined Heineken and held various management positions in the Netherlands, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Indonesia. In 2002 he was appointed a member of the Executive Board and CFO. After 34 years at Heineken, René retired in May 2015 and now holds Supervisory Board positions at Ahold, Friesland Campina, Wolters Kluwer and Royal Theater Carré. He is also a member of the Advisory of the Rotterdam School of Management.