At Sif Group we acknowledge the importance of ensuring integrity and maintaining and enhancing an open and transparent communication with all stakeholders and other parties interested in our company. Here you can find our Corporate Governance related materials as well as information about our Management Structure.

Management structure

Sif Group has a two-tier board structure consisting of an Executive Board and a Supervisory Board. The Executive Board is responsible for the day-to-day management which includes, among other things, executing strategy implementing policies and setting and achieving Sif’s objectives. The Supervisory Board supervises the management of the Executive Board and the general course of affairs of the Company and the business connected with it. The Supervisory Board also provides advice to the Executive Board.

Executive Board

The Executive Board is charged with the management of Sif Group, subject to the restrictions contained in the Articles of Association. In performing its duties, members of the Executive Board shall be guided by the interests of Sif Group and of the business connected with it. The Executive Board shall provide the Supervisory Board with the information necessary for the performance of its tasks in a timely fashion and submit certain important decisions to the Supervisory Board for its approval.

The Executive Board consists of Fred van Beers, Chief Executive Officer and Leon Verweij Chief Financial Officer.

Fred van Beers

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Fred van Beers (1962) holds a degree in marine engineering and worked as a business unit manager at Alcoa and LIPS before joining Wärtsilä. He served at Wärtsilä as Managing Director Netherlands from 2007 to 2010 and as Vice President Services Area North Europe from 2010 to 2015. More recent Fred van Beers was the CEO of Blohm & Voss shipyards in Hamburg (2015-2017) and served in various other management positions on an interim basis (2017- 2018).

Leon Verweij

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In January 2017, Leon Verweij was appointed CFO. After completing his degree in business economics, Verweij has held several financial positions including 23 years as financial director at companies such as Grasso’s Koninklijke Machinefabrieken, Koninklijke IBC, Koninklijke VolkerWessels Stevin, and Schoeller Arca Systems Services. During his time at the Smulders Group he gained experience in the field of steel foundations for offshore wind farms. He more recently served as interim CFO at Ballast Nedam and as interim CEO at the Oskomera Group.

He also worked for listed companies including serving as CFO at Koninklijke Volker Wessels Stevin and as interim CFO at Ballast Nedam. In addition to his position as CFO, Verweij holds other positions including a seat on the Supervisory Board of the Villa Pardoes foundation.

Management team

The Management Team consists of Executive Board members and Michel Kurstjens, Chief Commercial Officer and Frank Kevenaar, Chief Operating Officer.

Sif Group’s Management Team has a broad industry expertise in the oil & gas and offshore wind markets and its production expertise which allows them to effectively and efficiently address the needs of customers, identify opportunities and threats in the market, develop new market positions and produce high quality, cost competitive products in time.

Michel Kurstjens

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Michel Kurstjens joined Sif Group as CCO in April 2013. He is a mechanical engineer who started his career in 1991 as design-engineer and took on sales in an industrial/technical environment shortly after. Over the years, he gained 24 years of technical and international sales experience, sales management and general management experience in various technical niche companies, of which 15 years within Aalberts Industries Industrial Products Division. Aligning market opportunities and internal operations has led to revenue and profit growth of the companies he has worked for throughout his career. Markets in which he has operated include oil & gas (exploration and production), defence & aerospace, automotive and semiconductors.

Frank Kevenaar

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Frank Kevenaar is COO at Sif Group since April 2019. After his Bachelor of Engineering en Bachelor of Business Administration Frank has gained a lot of experience in the international automotive and maritime industry. He has held various management positions at Wärtsilä, Brabant Components and Stork and has extensive knowledge and expertise in the field of production and engineering.

He is a strong, customer focused business development professional with a proven record of accomplishment in Operational Excellence and change management in international (OEM) industries.

Supervisory Board 

Sif Group has a highly experienced Supervisory Board consisting of five seasoned industry leaders. The Supervisory Board is charged with the supervision of the policy of the Executive Board and the general course of affairs of Sif Group and of the business connected with it. The Supervisory Board shall provide the Executive Board with advice. In performing their duties, Supervisory Directors shall be guided by the interests of Sif Group and of the business connected with it.

André Goedée

Chairman of the Supervisory Board

André Goedée (1951, male, Dutch nationality). Chairman. Relevant expertise and experience: offshore contracting (EPCI), project management, and international business. First appointed to the Board in January 2016 for a four-year period, but served on the preceding Supervisory Board from December 2015. Resigning at closing of the 2019 AGM. Currently he is also the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Amphia Group (clinical hospitals) and a member of the Board of FSC (Flight Simulation Company for pilot and crew training). Between 2003 and 2013, André Goedée was the CEO of Dockwise Ltd. Following the acquisition of Dockwise by Boskalis, André Goedée was appointed a member of the Executive Board of Boskalis and advisor to the Board. Before joining Dockwise André Goedée was CEO European staffing for Vedior Professional Services (1999 – 2003), Executive Vice-president of Heerema Offshore Services (1989 – 1999) and Executive Vice-president of Neddrill Drilling Contractors (1977 – 1989). In 1978, André Goedée obtained a Master Mariner degree (maritime technical engineering) from the Mercantile Marine College in Scheveningen/Rotterdam. He has also participated in various management and marketing programmes at various academic institutes, such as the New Board Program at Nijenrode University. André Goedée does not hold shares in Sif Holding N.V.

Caroline van den Bosch

Caroline van den Bosch (1964, female, Dutch nationality). Relevant expertise and experience: procurement, human resources, sales & marketing. First appointed in February 2016 for a four-year period. Resigning at closing of the 2019 AGM. Since June 1998, Caroline van den Bosch has been the managing partner and shareholder of Emeritor (procurement services and software). She also holds 50% of the shares in Meal Company, a manufacturer of food vending machines and is member of the Supervisory Board of Merba Banketbakkerij, an industrial manufacturer and exporter of cookies. Caroline van den Bosch holds a marketing degree from the school of Business Administration and Economics (HEAO) in Utrecht as well as a NIMA-C Marketing degree (MBA level). She is the Supervisory Board’s primary contact with the Sif Works Council. Caroline van den Bosch does not hold shares in Sif Holding N.V.

Peter Gerretse

Peter Gerretse (1955, male, Dutch nationality). Relevant expertise and experience: International business, project management, production, industrialization and automation, international B to B marketing. First appointed in February 2016 for a four-year period. Resigning at closing of the 2020 AGM. Since 2017, Peter Gerretse has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Vanderlande Industries B.V. He was a member of the Supervisory Board of Aeronamic Holding from 2010 and 2017. Between 1995 and 2013, Peter Gerretse worked for Vanderlande Industries, a leading supplier of material handling systems, where his last position was President and CEO. Before joining Vanderlande Industries Peter Gerretse held several management positions at Fokker Aircraft. Peter Gerretse holds an engineering degree in Aerospace Engineering from Technical University Delft. Peter Gerretse does not hold shares in Sif Holding N.V.

Peter Visser

Peter Visser (1956, male, Dutch nationality). Relevant expertise and experience: General management, finance, auditing, M&A. First appointed on an interim basis as of 1 November 2017 for the period until the end of the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on 3 May 2018. Appointed on 3 May 2018 for a four-year period. Resigning at closing of the 2022 AGM. Peter Visser is co-founder and partner of investment fund Egeria since 1997. From 1992 until 1997 he was Managing Director of MeesPierson N.V. and responsible for private equity activities in Europe. From 1983 until 1990 he worked for McKinsey & Company and founded his own consulting firm, Management & Investment B.V. Peter Visser holds an Economics degree from the University of Groningen. Peter Visser is the ultimate beneficial holder of 49.38% of the shares in Sif Holding N.V.

Peter Wit

Peter Wit (1967, male, Dutch nationality). Relevant expertise and experience: stock exchange listed environment, financial & management accounting, legal, tax & compliance, auditing, IT & operations. First appointed in May 2018 for a four-year period. Resigning at closing of the 2022 AGM. Currently Peter Wit is COO at Atlas Professionals B.V., Advisor to the Board at Inashco B.V. and member of the Supervisory Board at Doedijns Group International. Previously Peter Wit was CFO and managing director at Inashco B.V. (2014-2017), CFO at Dockwise Ltd (2009-2013), Supervisory Board member at Atlas Professionals (2013-2018) and had several positions (finance manager Albania, M&A advisor in UK and COO/CFO for Shell’s asset management company) at Royal Dutch Shell Group between 1992 and 2009. Peter Wit holds a master degree in Business Administration from the University of Groningen and obtained a Post doctorate controlling degree (RC) from the VU University Amsterdam. Peter Wit does not hold shares in Sif Holding N.V.

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