Marcel Berkhout joined Royal Dutch Shell in 1994, assuming various positions in engineering and finance in Scotland and London (UK). In 2000, Mr. Berkhout joined the corporate finance division of Kempen & Co, a niche investment bank based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In corporate finance, Marcel was involved in several M&A and ECM transactions, mostly in the energy sector. Upon the acquisition of Kempen & Co by Dexia Bank, Marcel continued his career at the parent Dexia Bank in Brussels in a number of senior management roles, mostly within the corporate banking division. In 2011, Marcel became CFO of Optima Bank, a Belgian institution with focus on personal/private banking.