Next De Vries generation at De Vries Aalsmeer helm...

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Next De Vries generation at De Vries Aalsmeer helm...


Tom and Henk step back to focus on the De Vries Group and its Feadship responsibilities. Rob and Roderick step up.

JUNE 2010

The next generation of the De Vries family has taken over the directorship of the Feadship yard Koninklijke De Vries Scheepsbouw in Aalsmeer, The Netherlands. Rob de Vries (whose father Johan de Vries was a director from 1973 to ‘01) becomes director projects, while Roderick de Vries (whose father Gerard de Vries was a director from 1973 to ‘02) has taken on the role of technical director. The other directors are Bas Nederpelt (director), John Veldman (controller) and Dennis van Haasteren (operations). All five are pictured above.
Meanwhile, Henk and Tom de Vries, who have led the yard since the 1990s, now have time to devote their full attention to driving the De Vries Group, which consists of the two Koninklijke De Vries yards in Aalsmeer and Makkum, plus subsidiary companies Slob, Akerboom, STI Engineering and ITS. As group managing director Tom de Vries (below bottom) is ultimately responsible for production and quality, while group CEO Henk de Vries (below) will oversee sales and other business areas. Both gentlemen have decades of experience and a reputation for being ‘hands-on’ leaders.
The first Koninklijke De Vries yard in Aalsmeer was started in 1906 and has been run by a continuous line of family members ever since, including its role within the Feadship organization since 1949.
The new board of directors at the Aalsmeer yard were signed up officially on June 1, ‘10.

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