Allard Castelein will become Chief Executive of the Port of Rotterdam Authority on 1 January next. Castelein (1958), who was born and bred in Rotterdam, is currently Vice President Environment at Royal Dutch Shell. The two shareholders (the Municipality of Rotterdam and the State) have appointed Castelein to succeed Hans Smits, who will be leaving the Port Authority at the end of December, after a period of nine years.Allard Castelein has been employed by Shell since 1987. A varied career within this multinational has seen him occupy a variety of management positions in such areas as commerce, production and strategy. Castelein is currently responsible for all environmental aspects of Royal Dutch Shell’s global operations, and the post also involves maintaining relations with the many international and national interest groups in this field. In the past 26 years, Castelein has worked in a variety of different business units in such locations as Rotterdam, London, the Middle East and the Far East.
The Supervisory Board and the shareholders are confident that Allard Castelein, with his exceptionally broad international experience in the petrochemical industry, his management qualities, his vast experience in complex, socially-sensitive dossiers and as a person, is very well qualified to head the Port Authority in the coming years.