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Arnout ladies, the oldest of the four children of the CEOs of family-owned Dutch shipbuilding group, on January 1, the new CEO of the Damen Shipyards Group. Simultaneously, the shipbuilding company changes its structure in order to be able to as they say, put the needs of the market more effectively and efficiently.

The 49-year-old succeeds René Berkvens, who for more than thirteen years, CEO had the Damen Shipyards Group. CEO Kommer Damen: "Under his leadership, Women has developed into a globally operating, leading players. We are therefore pleased that he will continue using his knowledge, his network and his experience for the company, to prepare for its entry into the supervisory board. "

1969, mit der Übernahme von seinem Vater und seinem Onkel verwandelte Kommer Damen die damalige Firma, die als Werft für kleine Boote begann, in ein weltweit aufgestelltes Schiffbauunternehmen. Er führte das modulare Schiffbaukonzept ein. Die Damen-Gruppe gilt als eine der großen familiengeführten Schiffbauer Europas mit einem Turnover von zwei Milliarden Euro im Jahr 2017. Damen Shipyards Group NV bietet eine breite Palette an Schiffsbau- und Schiffsservices an. Zum Portfolio gehören neben Fahrzeugen für die Bereiche Hafen/Terminal, Offshore, Verteidigung und Sicherheit, öffentlicher Dienst, Passagierschiffahrt, Fischerei, Baggern und Freizeit (nach Firmenangaben insgesamt rund 175 Auslieferungen pro Jahr), auch maritime Dienstleistungen.

logical transformation

After the announcement issued by the Company of the change is a long-prepared step and marks a milestone in the transformation of the company. Arnout ladies was in the last nine years a member of the Group Executive Committee and responsible for Operations and Commercial Affairs.

In his new role as CEO is his top priority the reconstruction of the company. Currently controls a management all tasks. Therefore, the company has become too big, according to a spokeswoman. For this reason, ladies early next year is organized into divisions, each with its own management.

"Preparations are underway for several months. We will officially change from January 1, "said the new CEO. "Ladies is known as an innovative and dynamic company that works closely with its customers. This is what we want to keep. With the growth in recent years the change will become logically organized into a divisional structure in order to stay close to the various markets and further expand our leading position in the areas of quality, digitization and sustainability. "

The new CEO takes the lead in difficult times. In 2018, the company posted for the first time in fifteen years in the red. Netherlands According to press reports, women need a corruption investigation of the FIOD (Fiscale Inlichtingen- en Opsporingsdienst) undergo.

Arnout ladies will be replaced as Chief Commercial Officer on 1 January 2020 from Jan-Wim Dekker.

Hans Uwe Mergener