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Port of Rotterdam Authority appoints new CEO

Effective 1 February 2024, Boudewijn Siemons assumes the role of CEO at the Port of Rotterdam Authority, succeeding Allard Castelein, who left the Port Authority last summer.

Following Castelein's departure, Siemons has been fulfilling the role of CEO on an interim basis while concurrently holding the position of COO. The current executive board of the Port Authority comprises Boudewijn Siemons as CEO and interim COO, alongside Vivienne de Leeuw as CFO. The search for a new COO has commenced.

Siemons' appointment for the next four years was endorsed by the shareholders of the Port Authority—the City of Rotterdam and the Dutch national government—based on the recommendation of the supervisory board.

"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," stated Boudewijn Siemons.

Siemons’ appointment as CEO follows the shareholders’ adoption of an updated remuneration policy for the Port Authority’s Executive Board (CEO, COO and CFO). New members of the board will receive a fixed basic salary, with a maximum of €365,000 annually for the CEO and €328,500 for the COO and CFO. These amounts are substantially lower than in the past. In addition, there will no longer be a variable component and the package of secondary benefits has been scaled down. A transitional arrangement has been agreed upon for the two current board members, Siemons and De Leeuw. CEO Siemons will receive a salary comparable to the one he earned during his time as the COO of the Port Authority.

Furthermore, Boudewijn Siemons has served as the interim CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority since July 15, 2023, and as COO since October 2020. Before these roles, he held the position of President in Royal Vopak’s Americas division. His extensive career also includes management positions at Vopak in Europe, the Middle East, and the United States.

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