Hanneke Smits

CEO, BNY Mellon 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 an investment manager at Pantheon Ventures, and worked for Philips China Hong Kong Group.

Hanneke is a member of the Investment Association’s board; she serves as Chair of Impetus-PEF a venture philanthropy organisation which backs charities that aim to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people.  She also serves on the board of the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), founded in 2011 by The Sutton Trust in partnership with Impetus. The EEF provides accessible summaries of educational research to guide teachers on how to use their resources to improve learning outcomes.  Hanneke is co-founder, and former 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.