Following her study of econometrics at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Else worked in various positions in the banking industry, at ABN AMRO and NIB Capital Asset Management, for almost 20 years.
In 2002 she went to PGGM, where she became COO Investments and later CEO Investments, joining the Executive Board of PGGM. In 2008 PGGM was split in a pension fund and a pension service provider (PGGM NV). PGGM NV became the provider of administrative services and asset management. At PGGM NV, Else first became Chief Institutional Business and member of the Executive Board. From 2013 until 2017, Else was Chief Executive Officer and Chair of the Executive Board.
As of 1 July 2018 Else will be Executive Director and Chair of Prudential Supervision at De Nederlandsche Bank. In addition, she is a Trustee of the IFRS Foundation and a member of the Non Executive Board of the Dutch National Opera & Ballet.