Heavy lift specialist Mammoet has announced a number of changes within its executive board of management. Paul van Gelder has taken up the role of chief executive officer (CEO) and Kees Voormolen is the company’s new chief financial officer (CFO). Jan Kleijn, Mammoet’s CEO since 2011, has taken up the role of chief operating officer (COO), replacing Victor Aquina. Former CFO Onno den Boer moves to a position at Mammoet’s parent company, SHV Holdings. Together with Martijn Roelants (chief people officer since 2016) the new team is responsible for the development and execution of Mammoet’s business strategy.
Paul van Gelder, who has been with parent company SHV since 2016, explained the focus for the new board: “Our customers are facing intense competition and a need to improve efficiency, driven by the oil price and other factors. At the same time the world population and economies are continuing to grow. This increases the demand for energy, infrastructure and raw materials. These trends – intensified competition and global growth – have increased the demand for heavy lifting and transport services which optimise efficiency in construction and maintenance projects.
“Over the last six years, following a decade of strong growth, Jan Kleijn has effectively consolidated the company. Now, with this new board, we have strengthened our expertise and leadership capacities, ready to drive the business forward in a competitive market. I am happy that Jan will continue to be part of the transformation – leading our operations, marketing and sales efforts. Mammoet is facing more competition than ever yet we also see a lot of growth opportunities. Therefore, we are rethinking our focus and market approach in every region of the world.”
Jan Kleijn added: “In the first decade of this century, Mammoet grew exponentially – from a little under 1,000 employees to over 5,000. In the past six years we devoted a lot of energy to consolidation after becoming the global market leader at an incredible pace. It was a privilege to lead this process. Now we are entering a new era, refocusing our strategy by building on our history of excellence and entrepreneurship. I am excited to be part of this process and look forward to help shape the changes ahead.”