The Port Authority of Rotterdam has appointed Boudewijn Siemons as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
The appointment is effective from 1 February 2024. Siemons succeeds Allard Castelein, who left the Port Authority last summer.
Since then, Siemons has acted as temporary CEO in addition to his role as COO. Before that, he was President of Royal Vopak’s Americas division. He also held management roles with the firm throughout Europe, the Middle East, and US.
The Port Authority’s shareholders, the municipality of Rotterdam, and the Dutch national government nominated Siemons for the following four years based on the Supervisory Board’s proposal.
Koos Timmermans, the Chair of the Supervisory Board, said: “This appointment means that the Port Authority will continue to be led by a familiar face for employees and customers.
“The Supervisory Board is pleased. Boudewijn Siemons has demonstrated his excellent abilities as CEO during the past six months. He is a genuine bridge-builder. In addition to his passion for the port, he brings experience from the maritime sector and companies in the fields of infrastructure and the energy transition.”
Siemons stated: “The Port of Rotterdam connects Europe with the rest of the world through logistics chains. With our employees and customers, the Port Authority is shaping a future-resilient port that is firmly rooted in the region and the city. Working here every day gives me enormous energy. I am happy to stay on here as the CEO of the Port Authority.”