Pieter van Oord to Schiphol, Govert van Oord new CEO of dredging group

Pieter van Oord has been at the helm of the Van Oord family business since 2008, succeeding his uncle Koos. Under his leadership, the Rotterdam-based dredging company expanded into a broader maritime service provider, the company says.

Van Oord appoints Govert van Oord as its new CEO. The scion of the business family now heads the business unit for dredging and infrastructure jobs. “We are pleased to transfer the leadership of the family business from the fourth to the fifth generation,” the company said.

Govert van Oord. Private photo

Schiphol’s supervisory board says that its vision on making the aviation sector more sustainable was a major factor in choosing Van Oord. In addition, according to the commissioners, he has a lot of experience in a ‘complex, operational sector’. Van Oord is a member of the supervisory board of De Hoge Veluwe National Park and president of the Feijenoord Stadium.

Current top director Sondag will resign from his position in March, after which financial director Robert Carsouw will be interim CEO of Schiphol for a number of months. In November last year, Sondag replaced Dick Benschop, who resigned, as ultimately responsible for the airport. Benschop left after a chaotic summer due to staff shortages.

Schiphol is receiving increasing criticism from society, including due to noise pollution for local residents and the environmental impact of air traffic. ‘Schiphol is a major hub for Dutch and international mobility. I realize that this meaning must go together with other interests, inside and outside the airport,” Van Oord said in a statement.

The post first appeared on www.schuttevaer.nl

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