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Van Oord was established in the mid-19th century. It grew over time by acquiring leading dredging and marine engineering firms. As a family-owned company, Van Oord focuses on future generations and long-term business relationships. We feel at home in every country and make a visible contribution to the world.

Van Oord nv is a public limited company with its registered office in the Netherlands. MerweOord B.V., the Van Oord family’s holding company, owns 78.5% of its shares. The remaining shares are held by Cobepa (Nederland) N.V. (10.75%) and ConsOord B.V. (10.75%).

Executive Board

The Executive Board consists of four members appointed under the company’s articles of association who are jointly responsible for strategy, objectives, policy and the related results.

P. van Oord, Chief Executive Officer
Pieter van Oord (1961) has been a member of the Executive Board since 2007. He was appointed CEO in November 2008.

J. Poots-Bijl RC, Chief Financial Officer
Jolanda Poots-Bijl (1969) has been a member of the Executive Board since 2016.

P.W. Verheul, Chief Operational Officer
Paul Verheul (1961) has been a member of the Executive Board since 2011.

C.A. de Bruijn, Member of the Executive Board
Niels de Bruijn (1963) has been a member of the Executive Board since 2013.

Supervisory Board

It is the Supervisory Board’s task to oversee the company’s strategic planning and policy-making and, specifically, to supervise the Executive Board in that context. The Supervisory Board carries out its tasks as agreed in the Van Oord governance model and in accordance with principles of corporate governance.

N.W. Hoek (born 1956), chair
Nationality: Dutch
Background: Member of Board of Management (from 1997) and CEO of Delta Lloyd (2001-2015), Founder of Brandaris Capital
Supervisory directorships: Arcadis (Chair), Anthony Veder Rederijzaken B.V., BE Semiconductor Industries N.V.

K. Damen (born 1944), member
Nationality: Dutch
Background: Chairman of Damen Shipyards Group

Jac.G. van Oord (born 1946), member
Nationality: Dutch
Background: Chairman of the Executive Board of Van Oord N.V. (2003-2008), Chairman of the Management Board of MerweOord B.V.

J.M.J.A.P. Laurent Josi (born 1964), member
Nationality: Belgian
Background: Managing Director of Cobepa (Nederland) N.V.
Supervisory directorships: International SOS, JF Hillebrand, Carmeuse and Bank Degroof.

J.M.M. van der Ven (born 1953), member
Nationality: Dutch
Background: Executive Director of MerweOord B.V.
Supervisory directorships: Acta Marine, Rhoon Pendrecht & Cortgene (Chair), Vostermans B.V., Witteveen+Bos (Chair)

J.H.R. Kretzers (born 1956), member
Nationality: Dutch
Background: Shell (1982-2016), Executive Consultant

Resignations schedule Supervisory Board:

 Year of first appointmentEnd of current term
Jac.G. van Oord 20092021
J.M.J.A.P. Laurent Josi20122020
J.M.M. van der Ven20122020
K. Damen20122020
N.W. Hoek20162020
R. Kretzers20182022


Management Committee

The Management Committee consists of the members of the Executive Board, the managing directors of the business units and selected directors.

Department Management

Robert de Bruin, Communication & Markets
John Knoester, Personnel & Organisation
Ivar Daemen, Engineering & Estimating
Sander Korving, Procurement & Supply Chain
Bastiaan Kroon, Facility Services
Koos van der Geer, Project Office
Albert-Jan Kroezen, Finance & Control
Ton van de Minkelis, Quality Health Safety & Environment
Ronald Renes, Information Technology
Jaap de Jong, Ship Management Department
Job de Groot, Legal & Contracts
Michel Koper, Survey

Management Teams

All business units are governed by management teams and supported by shared departments. The management teams are responsible for managing the business units on a strategic and operational level according to approved strategies and budgets.