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New position for Nederlands Dans Theater's Managing Director

14 Dec 2010

Jet de Ranitz, currently Managing Director of Nederlands Dans Theater, will take over as Chairman of the Board of the Amsterdam School of the Arts [Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten] on 1 April 2011. She will be succeeding Olchert Brouwer, who is set to retire. De Ranitz has been Managing Director of Nederlands Dans Theater since 2006, and successive external review committees have rated her policies very favourably. She will transfer the dance company to her successor – who will be recruited in the coming months – in a solid financial position.

Jet de Ranitz, who was born in The Hague in 1970, has been Managing Director and Chairman of the Board of Nederlands Dans Theater since 2006. She played a key role in developing the artistic and business plans for the new location of Nederlands Dans Theater, the Residentie Orkest Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Conservatoire and the Guest Programming Organisation of Lucent Danstheater. As part of her position, she was also a member of the Architect Selection Committee, which recently selected Neutelings Riedijk Architects as the competition winner.

De Ranitz has made a substantial contribution to cultural life in the Netherlands, having served as chair of the Jeugdcultuurfonds (Youth Culture Fund), a member of the Board of the Nederlandse Dansdagen dance festival and a member of the DOD sector association for dance, as well as serving as vice-chair of the Commissie Cultuurprofijt (Committee on the Benefits of Culture) from 2007 to 2008 and as a member of the Adviescommissie Inkomstennorm Cultuur (Advisory Board on Cultural Sector Income Standards) in 2009.

In November 2010, she joined the Supervisory Board of the Institut Néerlandais in Paris. In addition, she is a member of the ‘Club of 28’, the advisory board for Olympic sports development of NOC-NSF (Netherlands Olympic Committee * Netherlands Sport Confederation). Prior to joining Nederlands Dans Theater Jet was the Director of the Department of Economics and Business Studies at Tilburg University.

De Ranitz said she has no concerns about leaving Nederlands Dans Theater despite the current economy and has faith in the dance company's future, as the group has its business and financial affairs in order and its artistic director Jim Vincent has matters under control.

Gerrit Zalm, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, commenting on De Ranitz’s departure: ‘As the Chairman of the Supervisory Board, I have mixed feelings. The fact that Jet de Ranitz has been appointed to this new position is an acknowledgement of her leadership and management skills, of which Nederlands Dans Theater was privileged to benefit for five years. We are very sad to see her go. It is partly to her credit that Nederlands Dans Theater’s organisation and finances are currently in good shape. We hope that this favourable position will not be eclipsed by unreasonable austerity measures for our company, which is one of the leading modern dance companies in the world.’

Jim Vincent, Artistic Director of Nederlands Dans Theater:

‘Obviously, I am very disappointed that my colleague and collaboration partner will be leaving Nederlands Dans Theater. At the same time, I am delighted for Jet and support her decision to accept this wonderful new opportunity. We are very grateful to Jet for all she has given our organisation and wish her the best of luck in her new position.’

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