Royal Huisman announces new Managing Director
by Risa Merl
Dutch superyacht builder Royal Huisman entered a new era today with the announcement that Alice Huisman be leaving the role of managing director after 10 years at the helm.
The new Royal Huisman Managing Director is Roemer Boogaard who enters the superyacht sphere for the first time. Boogaard is the former Executive Director of the Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution and previously served in the Dutch Royal Navy.
“I love the sea,” Roemer Boogaard said to a group of international press visiting the Royal Huisman yard. “I feel as if I had a promotion from warships to lifeboats to superyachts.”
Alice Huisman tells Boat International, “It’s good bringing someone in with fresh blood.”
Husiman stays on with the yard as Executive Director. She will focus on business development, marketing and client relations while leaving the day-to-day operations to Boogard and introducing him to the industry along the way.
“I’m very happy to do handover at this moment with a good order book and stability,” Huisman says.
Royal Huisman recently celebrated wins with recent launches Wisp and Elfje at the 2015 World Superyacht Awards. The yard has a 43 metre German Frers design under build called Sea Eagle, set for a Taiwanese owner along with its first carbon yacht and 58 metre Ed Dubois-designed project The Beast. These will be followed up by a 56 metre by Dykstra. In the refit division, 55 metre Adele has booked a slot at Huisfit.
“Stability, innovation and preserving quality and reputation of Husiman,” are Boogard’s goals in his new role.