Luc Vandenbulcke to be appointed CEO of DEME
DEME’s Board of Directors announces that on 1 January 2019 Luc Vandenbulcke will succeed Alain Bernard as the company’s CEO.
Alain Bernard (aged 63) started working for the group in1980 and has been CEO of DEME since 2006. Over the past 12 years he transformed the group from a purely dredging organisation into a diversified marine engineering group with operations worldwide. Under his leadership sales figures increased from €1.1 billion to €2.4 billion (2017), while DEME’s fleet became one of the most innovative and diverse in the industry.
Luc Vandenbulcke (aged 47) (KU Leuven, civil engineer) has worked at DEME Group for the past 21 years. He is the founder and CEO of GeoSea which, since its foundation in 2005, is one of the fastest growing and most successful activities of the DEME Group. As a contractor of complex marine engineering projects, including offshore wind farms, GeoSea realised a turnover of €1.01 billion in 2017. Since 2011 Luc Vandenbulcke is also DEME’s Deputy COO and member of the management team.
From the beginning of next year Alain Bernard will focus on his role of among others Director at DEME and its affiliated companies, Chairman of the Board of DEME Concessions SA and Global Sea Mineral Resources SA (GSR) with a view to further supporting the growth of the group.
Alain Bernard : “At barely two years before my retirement I wish to pass on the torch to the new generation, under the leadership of Luc Vandenbulcke. This will allow the organisation to tackle the challenges and opportunities that are coming our way in due time and with the sense of entrepreneurship that characterises our group. I will be dedicated to the DEME Group with the same passion as before, though I will now be able to focus primarily on several projects that are very dear to me.”
Luc Vandenbulcke: “Supported by 5,100 dedicated DEME employees I am more than ready to take on the challenges lying ahead of me as a CEO. Alain Bernard made DEME a diversified and innovative group. We will do everything to continue on the path he successfully opened up for us 12 years ago.”
The Board of Directors wholeheartedly wishes to thank Alain Bernard for the exceptional development DEME underwent under his leadership, which turned it into one of the leading Belgian groups with an international reputation, while also wishing Luc Vandenbulcke and his team all the best and lots of success.
The Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME is an international market leader for complex marine engineering works.
Building on more than 140 years of experience and know-how, DEME has organically moved into several related sectors, such as the financing of marine engineering and environmental projects, executing complex EPC related marine engineering projects including civil engineering works, the development and construction of renewable energy projects, providing services for the oil, gas and energy sector, the decontaminating and recycling of polluted soils and silts, the harvesting of marine resources, etc.
Thanks to an integrated company structure, DEME strongly emerges as a 'global solutions provider' which offers its clients overall solutions. DEME has the most modern, high-tech and versatile fleet.
DEME Group has 5,100 employees worldwide and achieved a turnover of 2.37 billion euros in 2017.
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