WHO: Roland van den Brink, 41
WHAT: Head of investment strategy
WHERE: MN Services, Rijswijk, The Netherlands
WHEN: Joined Shell's research lab in 1983 after receiving a master's in math -- with a specialty in chaos theory -- from University of Groningen. Moved into the pension fund area in 1985. Left Shell in 1990 for Intereffekt, a small investment consultant. Joined MN Services, manager of the $15 billion Dutch metalworkers' pension fund, in 1992. Promoted to current job in 1997.
WHY: Played key role in developing new performance test for Dutch industrywide pension funds that was legislated into law earlier this year.
Is one of the few people who successfully participate in both the investment and the political world, said Johan Cras, director, Frank Russell.
Known as a creative thinker; was early innovator in quant investing in Holland; developed fixed-income arbitrage strategy that's still used at Shell.
"He's a person who always has a great drive to create things," noted Hans Rademaker, MN's director of financial investments. Although, he added, Mr. van den Brink sometimes can be impatient in realizing his goals.