Dutch shipbuilder, Heesen Yachts has announced the appointment of its new CEO effective from November 1st. The company have selected Niels Vaessen, who has served the shipyard for over a decade, as CFO. Vaessen joined Heesen as Fianance Manager in 2012 before being appointed CFO in 2013.
Previous CEO, Arthur Brouwer has been at the helm of Heesen since 2014 and helped to strengthen the position of the shipyard as a leader in the superyacht industry. Brouwer oversaw the shipyard through the impact of COVID-19 and was quick to implement a raft of new working practices in order not only to meet local and national government guidelines but also to protect its workforce. As a result, the yard was able to continue its operations and keep the various projects under construction on schedule.
“I had the privilege to work in many different and interesting industries. Yachting is an exciting business, and it seems to be the perfect sector for ending my active career. I am leaving a healthy company with a robust and well-organised structure in good hands. Heesen needs a CEO with good industry knowledge, a well-connected network, and a deep understanding of the shipbuilding process and the commercial dynamics. Niels and I worked closely together for many years and have overcome some challenges. I am proud of the results we have accomplished. I wish Niels, Rick van de Wetering, Mark Cavendish and the whole team fair winds and following seas.”
Arthur Brouwe, former CEO of Hessen Yachts.
With an impressive workforce of 1,000 staff, Hessen holds the title of being one of the top 5 employers in Oss, Holland. The company build fully custom superyachts and series on speculation from 50 to 80 metres in steel and aluminium. Heesen has a positive future with a healthy order book of 15 yachts whose deliveries span through to 2027.
Coinciding with the announcement of a new CEO, Adse de Kock will replace Anjo Joldersma as Supervisory Board Chairman.
“I feel honoured to be entrusted with this responsibility, and I am grateful for the knowledge and insight I have gained while working with Arthur and Anjo. I would like to thank them for the passion and work they have put into our company for all these years.
I am excited to contribute to the future successes of our shipyard, which is renowned for building ultra-technological superyachts. We are committed to investing in research and development to ensure that we continue to deliver the most innovative and reliable products to our clients. As one of the largest employers in Noord-Brabant, we will continue to collaborate with our local community and contribute to the development of our region. Our worldwide success has deep roots in our hometown and is the result of great teamwork by our highly-skilled people.”
Niels Vaessen, CEO of Hessen Yachts.
Press release and image sourced from Hessen Yachts.