supervisory director

A supervisory director is a member of the supervisory board. In the Netherlands a supervisory board is a body that supervises a public/ private limited company ( Ltd.) A legal person of which the registered capital is divided in shares
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private limited company
or an association. The supervisory board supervises the policy of the executive board and the general course of events in the company and its business.

A supervisory director can be either a natural or a legal person. A supervisory director can by appointed in the articles of incorporation or in a later stage by the shareholders’ meeting. The shareholders’ meeting normally deals with the suspension and dismissal of a supervisory director as well. The articles of association A document, drawn up when a Dutch company or legal person is set up, and which regulates the operations of the company and defines its purpose.
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Articles of Association
may include criteria which a supervisory director must meet.

Within a regular public limited or private limited a supervisory board is optional and only plays a modest role. This is quite different in Dutch two-tier board companies where a supervisory board is compulsory. The supervisory board has far-reaching powers such as the appointment, dismissal and suspension of board directors.

Synonyms: supervisory board member

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