Damen Shipyards Group has appointed Arnout Damen as the new CEO, succeeding René Berkvens, who held the position for more than 13 years. Arnout Damen is the oldest son of Damen Shipyards Group Chairman Kommer Damen, and will join as the CEO of the shipbuilding group on January 1, 2020. At the same time, the group will switch to a divisional structure.
Arnout Damen has been preparing for the move to CEO for many years. Over the past nine years, he has been a member of the group’s Executive Board, responsible for operations and commercial affairs.“We are extremely indebted to René for his commitment as our company’s top executive,” said Kommer Damen.“Under his leadership, Damen has grown into a globally operating, leading player. We are therefore pleased that he continues to use his knowledge, network and experience for the company in preparation for his accession to the Supervisory Board.”
“Preparations for this have been going on for several months,” explains Arnout. “Damen is known as an innovative and dynamic company that works very closely with its clients. We would like to maintain this. With the growth of recent years, the switch to a divisional structure has become logical to remain close to the various markets and to further expand our leading position in the fields of quality, digitalization and sustainability. ”