ING Wholesale Banking has appointed Robert Spruijt as EMEA head of sustainable finance, reporting to Leonie Schreve, global head of sustainable finance. In his new role, Robert will be responsible for growing the sustainable finance business for existing and new clients within the region.
In 2016, Robert joined ING as energy sector director where he originated, structured and arranged corporate acquisition, holdco- and project financings for LNG import, retail, storage, pipelines, petrochemical and gas processing clients.
Robert started his career at Rabobank in the in sustainable finance business for over 10 years in Europe and Asia, including renewable energy financing, financing water projects and carbon & energy derivatives. Together with a local team, Robert established the renewable energy finance business for Rabobank in the Asia. After returning to Europe, Robert worked in developing structured solutions for clients including innovative transactions for water projects.
Commenting on Robert’s appointment, Leonie Schreve, global head of sustainable finance said, “Sustainable Finance is a key strategic growth area for ING Wholesale Bank and the sustainable finance team has successfully grown from a start-up to a global business with teams in EMEA, Asia and the Americas. The team acts as catalyst in accelerating global commercial sustainable finance products and services for our clients across all sectors, resulting in ING becoming the go-to-bank for sustainable business and staying a step ahead in the transition towards a sustainable economy. Robert’s background and understanding of sustainable finance will help our sustainable finance team to further drive the business and innovate the product offering in the EMEA region.“