APRIL 2, 2014 – Sliedrecht, the Netherlands, headquartered IHC Merwede has appointed Bram Roelse as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effect as of April 1, 2014. He succeeds Dirk Philips who stepped down in November 2013.
Mr. Roelse (56) has worked at IHC Merwede for the past 13 years. He was originally appointed as the Managing Director of the company’s business unit IHC Systems. At the end of 2004, he moved to the company’s shipyard at Kinderdijk, where he became Director of the Dredging division.
A member of IHC Merwede’s Board of Management since 2002, Mr. Roelse became Chief Operating Officer (COO) in September 2013, when he also became a member of the Board of Directors.
Prior joining IHC Merwede, Mr. Roelse held positions in the naval shipbuilding and oil and gas industries.
IHC Merwede’s Supervisory Board says it is convinced that Mr. Roelse is capable of developing and continuing the company’s business strategy, as the current direction that IHC Merwede is taking was partly his responsibility as COO.
IHC Merwede has over 3,000 employees based at various locations in The Netherlands, Brazil, China, Croatia, France, India, Malaysia, the Middle East, Nigeria, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.