(EnergyAsia, August 30 2010, Monday) — Dutch oil logistics giant Royal Vopak N.V. said Eelco Hoekstra, president of its Asia division, will be succeeding John Paul Broeders as chairman of its executive board on March 1 2011. Mr Broeders has been appointed chairman of the board of SHV Holdings.

Having worked with the company since 2003, Mr Hoekstra was the managing director of Vopak Horizon Fujairah (UAE), Latin America division president and currently the Asia division president. He previously held senior management positions with different tank storage companies in Asia and South America.

Mr Hoekstra, who is joining the board immediately, will be supported by the current executive board members including Jack De Kreij who will be the vice-chairman and Frits Eulderink.

The company added that with Mr Hoekstra’s appointment, the commercial, financial and operational domains will be represented in a balanced way in the executive board.

The proposal to appoint Eelco Hoekstra will be presented at an extraordinary shareholders meeting to be held soon.

Royal Vopak is the world’s largest independent tank storage service provider, specialised in the storage and handling of liquid chemicals, gasses and oil products. The company operates 80 terminals with a combined storage capacity of more than 28 million cubic meters in 31 countries.