Alice Huisman deems the move as necessary, she explained in a letter to the media, "The time is right to appoint the next generation of senior management and take on a different personal role."
She added, “They will provide me with the opportunity to focus more exclusively on our client relationships, while our expanded management team continues to drive forward operational standards and efficiency.”
Previously executive director of KNRM (the Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution), Boogaard has a long history of maritime experience including the Dutch Royal Navy from 1981-1997.
The decision comes with plans for expansion at the Dutch shipyard, where Huisman plans to assume the duties as executive director alongside chairman and fellow shareholder, Jan Willem Doeksen. She will now be focusing on business development, marketing and client relationships.
In a statement to the media Huisman emphasised, “Every organisation needs to look to the strengthening of management if they are to maintain and expand on their success. I am delighted to welcome Mr. Boogaard into a business with a strong order book across the full range of our new build and refit activities. I do wish to emphasise that there is no question of any reduction in my commitment to Royal Huisman, our clients or our team. Roemer’s focus on daily activities simply allows me more time to play to my strengths.”