The next generation of the De Vries family has taken up direction of the Feadship Koninklijke De Vries Scheepsbouw superyacht yard in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands, as Henk and Tom de Vries concentrate on the De Vries Group as a whole.
Rob and Roderick de Vries will be part of the new five-strong board at the Aalsmeer yard alongside three experienced directors from outside the family.
Rob will be director projects and Roderick will be technical director. The other Aalsmeer directors will be sales director Bas Nederpelt, controller John Veldman and director operations Dennis van Haasteren.
The new board will be officially inaugurated on July 1.
Henk and Tom de Vries, who have led the Aalsmeer yard since the 1990s, will devote their attention to their roles as directors of the De Vries Group. Tom will be responsible for production and quality as managing director. Henk will oversee sales and other business areas as CEO.
The De Vries Group comprises the Aalsmeer and Makkum superyacht building yards and subsidiary companies Slob, Akerboom, STI Engineering and ITS.
The first Koninklijke De Vries shipyard was established in Aalsmeer in 1906. Koninklijke De Vries is part of the Feadship cooperation along with superyacht builder Royal Van Lent and naval architect De Voogt. Royal Van Lent recently announced significant investments in infrastructure.