Jacques Vandermeiren has been appointed CEO of Antwerp Port Authority as of 1 January, 2017, succeeding Eddy Bruyninckx who is retiring on 31 December, 2016 after 25 years as the head of the port authority.
Until January 2015 Vandermeiren held the position of CEO of Elia, the listed company that operates the national electricity grid in Belgium. He also has experience in dealing with a publicly-owned shareholder.
Port Authority chairman Marc Van Peel, said: “These two aspects, combined with the necessary international experience, strong communication skills and inspiring people management, convinced the board to appoint Vandermeiren as the new CEO.”
Vandermeiren stated that he wanted to “face the important local and international challenges for the port authority” and assure “the rich history of the port of Antwerp in a sustainable way in future”.
Vandermeiren starts on 1 November, 2016 as CEO designate, which means that he will shadow Eddy Bruyninckx who retains full authority as CEO, chairman of the management committee and managing director until 31 December, 2016.