De Jong has over 25 years of experience in global markets and investment banking across multiple geographies. He started his career with ABN AMRO in 1986. After completing his training in the International Division and Financial Markets in Amsterdam, he held international positions in Singapore (Financial Markets, Corporate Banking), Turkey (Commercial Manager), Hong Kong (Country Manager Hong Kong and China) and Germany (Country Manager). He became Managing Director in 1996 and Senior Executive Vice President in 2006.
De Jong has always had direct client and product revenue responsibility. He joined the Management Team of the Wholesale Clients BU in 2005, spearheading ABN AMRO’s international network around the world. When BU Europe was established in 2006, he became responsible for all Central and Western European countries. In September 2006, he took over the role of Chief Executive Officer BU Europe. Following the takeover by RBS, he joined the Executive Committee of Global Banking & Markets with responsibility for CEMEA and was appointed to the Managing Board of ABN AMRO with responsibility for Europe and Asia until his departure in 2009. More recently, he has been involved in various private equity initiatives in the financial technology and asset management space. De Jong has a Master of Law from the University of Amsterdam.
Commenting on the appointment, Keizo Ohashi, Chairman of Mizuho International said: 'This is an outstanding appointment and I am delighted to welcome Michiel de Jong to Mizuho International. I firmly believe that his broad range of all round banking experience in Europe, Asia and the Middle East will be invaluable as we look to execute our business strategy and drive our client facing business forward'.
De Jong said: 'I am pleased to have joined Mizuho International at such an exciting time when Japanese banks can take advantage of economic conditions in Europe and the US to maximize their capabilities and grow internationally. I am looking forward to collaborating with other entities of the Mizuho Financial Group in further strengthening Mizuho’s client facing business'.