DISCOVER Magazine #7

Selma de Ridder

Published in category: People


Thinks: two children – Mika (8) and Noortje (6)
Chooses: the Shabab Oman II as her favourite ship

“Working for Damen brings me back to my roots as I was born and raised in Gorinchem. I work here as a Global Talent Manager. The interview for this position four years ago was certainly a memorable moment as I found myself sitting opposite my former classmate Arnout Damen. Back then I had no idea how much the company had grown.

There is definitely an international character in my current role. My team and I develop tools for our management and HR to attract, develop and encourage (leadership) talent within Damen at a global level. We offer them and their managers the right tools, programmes and support so they can contribute their utmost to the success of Damen. This is a nice challenge because of, among other things, the various cultures and forms of social interaction that we encounter. For example, you can easily ask a Dutch manager about his or her talents, but in Asia people are less accustomed to discussing such matters. I have learned to observe well and not judge too quickly. This comes from my father who was a KLM pilot – he gave me his open and cosmopolitan look at the world.

At home I have two little ones, and they know how to keep me busy during weekends. I love going walking or cycling with them together with my boyfriend. Combining this with a visit to a museum is a favourite of ours: the Sculptures by the Sea in Scheveningen or the Kröller-Müller Museum in the Veluwe National Park, for example. I like to read, draw or paint in my free time. Although the latter often involves a different type of painting as we live in an old house in Delft, which needs a lot of maintenance. Craftsmanship is something I appreciate and is what I see at Damen – especially the connection between innovation and tradition. The contrast between a traditional sailing ship like Shabab Oman II and the new Service Operations Vessel is a good example.”

Dear reader, please note that position titles and job functions of Damen employees contributing to these articles is subject to change and description in this archive may, therefore become dated.

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