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DAMEN REARRANGES BOARD LEVEL STRUCTURE

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 

Damen Shipyards Group has completed the transformation of the corporate governance structure into a separate Executive Board and a Supervisory Board with the appointment of three new external, independent Supervisory Board members: Jurgen van Breukelen, Bert Greven and Henk Rottinghuis.

Referring to the previously-announced restructuring of the group, CEO Arnout Damen said: “We are going 'back to the future': towards standardisation and series construction. These are not only success factors that led to great growth in the past, but also essential conditions to meet the megatrends of our time: digitalisation and sustainability. Damen Shipyards aims to grow into the world’s leading green and connected shipbuilder.”

The transformation of the One-Tier Board into a separate Executive Board and a Supervisory Board fits within the strategy for responsibilities to be more clearly assigned within the organisation, with a closer focus on both customers and suppliers. “This not only increases our strength, but also means that the responsibilities with regard to management and supervision are clearly invested within our management model,” said Arnout Damen. “In that context, we welcome our new Supervisory Board members. Their extensive knowledge and experience will certainly help us to further shape our ambitious plans in the field of digitalisation, sustainability and operational excellence.”

The Supervisory Board of Damen Shipyards Group is completed by Annelies Damen and Kommer Damen, as chairman.

With the introduction of the new structure and the appointment of the new Supervisory Board members, four Non-executive Board members from the One Tier Board are stepping down: Floris Croon, Bear Damen, Rose Damen and Maarten Hulshoff. “We would like to thank them for their great efforts in recent years,” said Arnout Damen. "Partly because of this, Damen Shipyards has grown into the concern it is today."

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