Hanneke Smits

CEO, Newton Investment Management

Hanneke Smits is the CEO of Newton Investment Management, a role which she assumed in August 2016.

Hanneke previously served as a member of the Executive Committee at private equity firm Adams Street Partners from 2001 to 2014, and was its Chief Investment Officer from 2008 to 2014. Hanneke joined Adams Street in 1997 to successfully launch its presence in Europe and Asia, and to build out its global investment capabilities. In addition, Hanneke was previously an investment manager at Pantheon Ventures, and worked for Philips China Hong Kong Group.

Hanneke is Chair of Impetus-PEF a venture philanthropy organisation which backs charities that aim to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people. She is a member of the Investment Association’s board, and is co-founder, and former and first chair, of Level 20, a not-for-profit organisation set up in 2015 to inspire women to join and succeed in the private equity industry. Originally from the Netherlands, Hanneke has a BBA from Nijenrode University and a MBA from the London Business School.