Damen completes corporate structure change

Damen Shipyards Group has completed the transformation of its corporate governance structure into a separate management board and supervisory board with the appointment of three new external and independent members of the supervisory board: Jurgen van Breukelen, Bert Greven and Henk Rottinghuis.

The chairman of the supervisory board will remain Kommer Damen.

At the end of last year, the course of the largest shipbuilding group in the Netherlands was revised.

“We are going ‘back to the future’: towards standardization and mass production,” said CEO Arnout Damen. “These are not only success factors that have led to great growth in the past, but also essential conditions for responding to the megatrends of our time: digitalization and sustainability. Damen Shipyards aims to become the first green and connected shipbuilder in the world.

Last year, the step towards a divisional structure was also taken in the context of operational excellence. This means that responsibilities are more clearly allocated within the organization and work is even closer to customers and suppliers. The transformation of the One Tier Board into a separate Management Board and Supervisory Board is part of this strategy.

“This not only increases our strength, but also means that management and oversight responsibilities are clearly invested in our management model,” said Arnout Damen. “In this context, we welcome the new members of our Supervisory Board. Their vast knowledge and experience will certainly help us to further shape our ambitious plans in the area of ​​digitalization, sustainability and operational excellence. »

Jurgen van Breukelen worked at KPMG Netherlands between 1994 and 2015, the last 15 years of which as a partner, since 2007 member of the board of directors and later as CEO. He is today, among other things, chairman of the board of directors of the Altice group. In the past, he was chairman of the supervisory board of Van Gansewinkel Groep and chairman of the board of Bosal. It also performs a number of advisory and supervisory functions.

Bert Greven started at Rabobank in 1975 and retired from the bank last year. After that, he held a number of advisory and supervisory positions, including that of adviser to the board of directors of the Royal Wagenborg shipping company.

Henk Rottinghuis was CEO and Chairman of Pon Holdings from 2001 to 2010. He joined Pon in 1993. Prior to that, he held management positions within the Koninklijke Nedlloyd Group. After his retirement from Pon, he held various supervisory directorships.

The Supervisory Board of Damen Shipyards Group is completed by Annelies Damen and Kommer Damen. The latter assumes the role of chairman, as he did in the One Tier Board.

With the introduction of the new structure and the appointment of new members of the Supervisory Board, four non-executive members of the One Tier Board bid farewell: Floris Croon, Bear Damen, Rose Damen and Maarten Hulshoff,

All of the changes went into effect on September 1. The composition of the Management Board has not changed.

Damen Shipyards Group operates 36 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 13,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered over 6500 vessels to over 100 countries and delivers approximately 175 vessels per year to customers around the world. Damen offers a wide range of products including Tugs, Work Boats, War and Patrol Vessels, High Speed ​​Vessels, Cargo Vessels, Dredgers, Vessels for the Offshore Industry, Ferries, Pontoons and superyachts.