Activities of the Supervisory Board
In 2017 the Supervisory Board was once again closely involved in developments related to Beter Bed Holding and its subsidiaries. During the reporting year, the Chairman frequently liaised with the Management Board in preparation for the meetings between the Supervisory Board and the Management Board. The former met with the latter on five occasions. Furthermore, the Supervisory Board also held six conference calls with the Management Board.
The table below shows the attendance (expressed as a percentage) of Supervisory Board members at Supervisory Board and Committee meetings. If members of the Supervisory Board were unable to attend a meeting in person, they provided comments and views on the meeting documents in writing before the meetings.
Mr D. Goeminne
Ms E. de Groot
Mr A. Slippens
Mr R. van der Vis
82% ( 9/11)
The Supervisory Board received regular, timely, detailed verbal and written updates from the Management Board throughout the year. Extensive attention was paid to the operating results of the various formats and the group, as well as to progress on the strategic themes.
The company met with the external auditor on two occasions. In March 2017, the results for 2016 and the audit findings were discussed. The half-year results were discussed in August 2017, along with the results of the audit of the half-year results conducted by the external auditor.
The budget for 2018, which was discussed during the meeting of 14 December 2017, sets out the company’s operational and financial objectives, along with the policy that should ensure that these objectives are achieved, all in line with and within the framework of our strategic plan ‘From Good to Great 2016-2020’.
The performance of the Supervisory Board and that of the individual Supervisory Directors, the relationship with the Management Board and the composition of the Supervisory Board were discussed and assessed in closed meetings, partly with the assistance of an external adviser. The performance of the Management Board and the remuneration policy were naturally on the agenda as well. Consultation also took place in individual interviews on the performance of the members of the Management Board.
After an explanation provided by its Audit Committee, the Supervisory Board discussed the update of the risk assessment process with the Management Board. We believe that the procedures related to risk analysis, risk management, risk control and audits by the external auditor with respect to the AO/IC (Administrative Organisation and Internal Control) provide sufficient certainty for the in-control statement relating to the performance of the risk control and risk management system.
After Ton Anbeek announced on 14 July 2017 that he intended to leave the company, the Supervisory Board started a diligent process to fill the vacancy that had arisen. At the beginning of 2018, agreement was reached with the new CEO to be appointed, John Kruijssen. We are grateful to Ton Anbeek for his contribution over the past years to the development of the Beter Bed Holding Group.