September 21, 2007 06:06 ET

Jan-Michiel Hessels elected Vice-Chairman of Fortis Board of Directors

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwire - September 21, 2007) -

The Fortis Board of Directors elected Jan-Michiel Hessels Vice-Chairman on Thursday 20 September. In this capacity, Jan-Michiel Hessels, currently a member of the Fortis Board, replaces Jan Slechte, who stepped down as a Board member on 23 May 2007.

Mr Hessels (born in 1942 and a Dutch national) was appointed a member of the Fortis Board of Directors in 2001. He is also Chairman of the NYSE Euronext Board of Directors, Supervisory Board Member of Royal Philips Electronics N.V., Supervisory Board Member of Heineken N.V., International Advisory Board Member of the Blackstone Group and Supervisory Board Chairman of SC Johnson Europlant N.V.

Fortis is an international financial services provider engaged in banking and insurance. We offer our personal, business and institutional customers a comprehensive package of products and services through our own channels, in collaboration with intermediaries and through other distribution partners.

With a market capitalisation of EUR 35.1 billion (31/08/2007), Fortis ranks among the 20 largest financial institutions in Europe. Our sound solvency position, our presence in 50 countries and our dedicated, professional workforce of 60,000 enable us to combine global strength with local flexibility and provide our clients with optimum support. More information is available at

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