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Port of Rotterdam Authority appoints Boudewijn Siemons as new COO

Boudewijn Siemons, 56, has been appointed as the new Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Port of Rotterdam Authority this month

29 September 2020 - 19:00

Boudewijn Siemons, 56, has been appointed as the new Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Port of Rotterdam Authority this month.

Mr Siemons will also be joining the Port Authority's Executive Board, succeeding Ronald Paul in this role.



Said supervisory board chairwoman Miriam Maes: 'The board is delighted that Boudewijn Siemons will be sharing his wide-ranging expertise and extensive experience to the benefit of the Port of Rotterdam Authority.



'We have entrusted him with responsibility for the vast infrastructure of Europe's largest port. This is an important responsibility, since we need to maintain the infrastructure of our port and industrial complex at its current, world-class level,' she said.



Mr Siemons has a degree in mechanical engineering and has served has as president of Royal Vopak's Americas division. After graduating from the Koninklijk Instituut voor de Marine (Netherlands Defence Academy), he started his career in 1987 at the Royal Netherlands Navy, where he worked until 1998.



From 1998 to 2006, Mr Siemons fulfilled various management positions at Royal VolkerWessels. In 2006 he moved to Vopak, where he worked in a number of management roles in Europe, the Middle East and America.



Said Mr Siemons: 'The Port of Rotterdam boasts of state-of-the-art infrastructure. It is the port authority's ambition to ensure that this infrastructure improves, taking advantage of innovations and digitalisation.'



Mr Siemons now joins CEO Allard Castelein and chief financial officer Vivienne de Leeuw on the Port of Rotterdam Authority's Executive Board.


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