DISCOVER Magazine #6

Working at Damen. New faces

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Rogier van der Laan Product Manager Cruise for Damen Shiprepair & Conversion

The way I see it, it’s like moving from the first division to the Champions League.

Rogier van der Laan

Product Manager Cruise, 
Damen Shiprepair & Conversion
Started at Damen: September 2017

I worked in the cruise ship maintenance sector for almost 30 years before joining Damen. The way I see it, it’s like moving from the first division to the Champions League.

Working for Damen lets me concentrate on what I do best – and that is sales for the cruise sector; bringing in as many cruise ship repair or conversion contracts as possible to one of our yards around the globe.

It’s an exciting job, with lots of challenges to overcome. Strong relationships with my clients are important – not forgetting to have some fun along the way too.

Iris Valks DSGo Communications Advisor It&Im

I like the international atmosphere – the fact that we are working with colleagues and customers from different countries and cultures on a daily basis is exciting.

Iris Valks

Communications Advisor IT&IM,
Damen Shipyards Gorinchem
Started at Damen: July 2017

When I was a student, I completed two internships at Damen. I enjoyed these so much that I really wanted to work here after my graduation.

The fact that Damen is family-owned makes a difference to me – it feels good to be part of it.

There are lots of activities organised for the younger employees. These are a great way to get to know my colleagues and see different sides of the business. It doesn’t feel like it’s only work.

I like fast cars, fast ships, fast anything – I cannot wait to take a ride in an Interceptor one day. I also love the concept of the SeaXplorer.

John Zhou Managing Director Damen China Support Company

Cultural exchange and understanding is a fundamental element of doing global business.

John Zhou

Managing Director,
Damen China Support Company
Started at Damen: October 2015

I was born in Shanghai in 1982 – so I am part of the Chinese ‘Generation 80’ who have witnessed and contributed to rapid national changes. I have also learned a lot about Western culture by working and studying in Europe as well as Australia and New Zealand.

My role in Damen is to boost business opportunities in China and increase synergy between related Damen companies. My overseas investment and management experiences as well as industry relations have made me recognise that cultural exchange and understanding is a fundamental element of doing global business.

Lesley Kiers Structural Supervisor, Damen Verolme Rotterdam

Every day is a new challenge – and that is the best part of the job.

Lesley Kiers

Structural Supervisor,
Damen Verolme Rotterdam
Started at Damen: July 2017

I joined the yard as a 16 year old trainee, before it was part of Damen. It was the technical side that first drew me in.There have been some real changes since Damen took over, it is pretty busy around here. We have more vessels coming in with tight timeframes.

As structural supervisor, I work on the structural steelwork. I set out a plan, and with our team we make that plan happen.It’s a challenging job. You have to be flexible and creative while keeping within the Class regulations and the owner’s requirements. And, of course, safety comes first.

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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