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Port of Rotterdam appoints interim CEO

Posted on May 29, 2023

The Port of Rotterdam Authority has announced that Boudewijn Siemons will be appointed as its interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

The appointment will take effect from 15 July.

Boudewijn Siemons will replace Allard Castelein who is stepping down as CEO this summer after nearly a decade.

Vivienne de Leeuw will remain as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) having had her term of office extended by four years.

Siemons is currently the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Port Authority and responsible for infrastructure and maritime affairs. He will therefore combine both positions until a new CEO has been appointed.

Miriam Maes, Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, said: “The process of finding a new CEO is still in progress.

“It will not be completed before 15 July, which is when Allard Castelein’s term of office ends.

“In the meantime, with the appointment of an interim CEO and the extension of the CFO’s term of office, we are safeguarding management continuity.”

Siemons has been COO at the Port of Rotterdam Authority since October 2020.

Before then, he served as President of Royal Vopak’s Americas division.

He also worked in management positions at that company in Europe, the Middle East, and the US.

This appointment comes a month after the Port of Rotterdam Authority and HGK Shipping signed a long-term cooperation agreement to promote sustainable concepts for inland waterway services leading to and from seaports.

More recently, the Port of Rotterdam, together with the Province of Zuid Holland and more than 40 partners, launched a project for emission-free inland and near-shore shipping on hydrogen.


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