Photo credit: Port of Rotterdam Authority©Ernst Bode/ image: Mr. Boudewijn Siemons

Boudewijn Siemons has been appointed interim CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority.

As the port´s current COO of the Port Authority, Siemons will take over the reins from Allard Castelein, who is stepping down as CEO this summer after nearly a decade. The new position is effective on July 15. Siemons, as COO of the port is responsible for the infrastructure and maritime affairs. He will combine both positions until a new CEO has been appointed.

Vivienne de Leeuw will stay on as CFO. Her term of office has been extended by four years.

Miriam Maes, chair of the Supervisory Board said: “We are grateful that Boudewijn Siemons and Vivienne de Leeuw are both willing to serve as the Port Authority’s Executive Board for the immediate future. 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.”

Mr. Boudewijn 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 United States. From 1998 to 2006, Siemons had a range of management positions at Royal VolkerWessels.

He started his career in 1987 at the Royal Netherlands Navy, where he worked until 1998. He studied at the Royal Naval Institute and at Delft University of Technology.