Maarten Fontein obtained his Master Degree in Law at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Between 1992 and 2000, he was Chairman of Unilever in Turkey and China. In 2005, after 28 years at the company, he moved to AFC Ajax where he acted as CEO. In 2008, Maarten Fontein moved to AZ Alkmaar where he is currently in charge of the International Affairs. He is ECA Board member since 2008,representing ECA at the Professional Football Strategy Council. He is also FIFA-Sub Committee Member for Transfer of Player (created for the protection of minors).