Irish bank KBC has appointed Peter Roebben has been appointed as its new Chief Executive assuming the role from Wim Verbraeken, who will return to the Belgian bank’s head office in Brussels.

Roebben, who is currently a senior general manager of group credit risk at KBC Group’s head office in Brussels During his 27-year career with KBC, Roebben has spent spells working in London, Madrid, Paris, the Czech Republic and Hungary. In 2017 he returned to Brussels, where he was responsible for directing and supervising credit risk across the KBC group-wide bank and insurance operations. He is fluent in Dutch, French, English, Spanish and German, and is married with two children.

Luc Popelier, Chairman of KBC Bank Ireland, expressed gratitude to Mr Verbraeken for his “leadership, strong performance, the successful transformation of the bank and the relentless effort he has put in over the last five years – in often challenging circumstances – to effectively deal with the legacy portfolio of KBC Bank Ireland, while at the same time successfully establishing a new digital-first retail and micro-SME-focused bank in the Irish market”.

Roebben will take up the position on 1st April 1st one the bank has received approval from the Central Bank of Ireland and the European Central Bank (ECB).