After 39 years in the family business Alice Huisman, who served as managing director of Royal Huisman from 2004 to 2015 and as advisor to the board for the past two years will now stand down from all responsibilities at the yard. This planned succession is concluded with the final transfer of the Huisman family shareholding to Royal Doeksen who acquired their initial stake in the company in 2014.
Alice Huisman comments; “Every Huisman generation since 1884 has always sought to act in the best interests of the yard. Those interests have to be reflected in giving the yard access to new capital that will enable Royal Huisman and Rondal to pursue and broaden its strategy through greater investment in innovation, in the application of leading edge technologies from other sectors, and in expanding the infrastructure. So it is time for us, as a family, to stand aside. In doing so, we naturally take pleasure in leaving the yard with a healthy order book and hard fought reputation. My family and I wish Royal Doeksen and the team every success in further building the yard in the years ahead.”
On behalf of Royal Doeksen, Jan Willem Doeksen adds: “We would like to thank Alice for her tremendous contribution to the reputation, quality and excellent client relationships of Royal Huisman. Alice has become an icon in the superyacht industry and is a great representation of everything that makes family businesses special. She is a true example. It is a great privilege for all of us on the Doeksen team to have worked with Alice and we are fully committed to the culture, values and quality standards of the Royal Huisman brand and its focus on innovation and sustainability.”
Roemer Boogaard, CEO of Royal Huisman adds: “After 133 years and five generations of family owner-management Royal Huisman has an unrivaled reputation for the highest standards and quality. It’s an impressive achievement of Alice to steer the company through the challenging economies of the past years. Of course we all understand that leaving the yard in the hands of others is an emotional time for Alice and her family. With Royal Doeksen we are part of a Dutch family-owned business with a long and successful track record in the marine industry, understanding of the nature of ship building and an appreciation of the special long term client relationships that are pivotal to the success of Royal Huisman.”
In closing Alice adds a personal note; “39 years of living and breathing all things yachting has given me the good fortune to enjoy many wonderful friendships with clients and colleagues alike. I have been privileged to have worked alongside some very talented and dedicated crafts persons and on behalf of my family we thank them for their loyalties and dedication. Most especially we, the yard as whole, thank our clients for their trust and the opportunity to build some exciting and challenging projects together.”
We trust with this information we have informed you adequately and we are looking forward to continue our appreciated relationship.
Alice Huisman Jan Willem Doeksen, Chairman Royal Huisman