Van Oord’s shareholders appointed managing director P. (Pieter) van Oord (47) as the CEO of the company on 6 November 2008. Mr Van Oord succeeds his cousin Jac.G. (Koos) van Oord (62), who is retiring.
Koos van Oord has a 37-year track record with the company, in which the Van Oord family owns a 51% interest. He served as the chairman of its board of management from 1995 to 2008. During this time, Van Oord grew from a medium-sized company with a turnover of EUR 180 million to one of the global leaders in its market, with a turnover of almost EUR 2 billion.
Pieter van Oord studied economics at University of Amsterdam. After obtaining his degree, he worked for Van Ommeren (Vopak) in the United States for a number of years. He joined Van Oord fourteen years ago and lived and worked in both the United Kingdom and Dubai. He also headed Van Oord’s worldwide offshore activities. He was appointed to Van Oord’s board of management in 2007. ‘Our company will continue along its chosen path,’ said Pieter van Oord. ’We are investing EUR 1 billion in new equipment, tangible proof that we are confident about the future.’
Van Oord’s board of management consists of P. (Pieter) van Oord (chairman), A.J. (Arjan) van de Kerk, P.H.G. (Peter) de Ridder and J. (John) van Herwijnen, who will retire on 1 May 2009.
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