Superyacht expert to open METSTRADE

Henk de Vries Photo: Feadship Henk de Vries Photo: Feadship
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One of the leading figures in the superyacht world, Feadship director Henk de Vries, will be the keynote speaker at the opening ceremony of this year’s METSTRADE in Amsterdam.

Speaking at the Breakfast Briefing at the B2B trade show, Mr de Vries will bring his decades of experience to the event as he speaks to an audience of 600 delegates about how to successfully grow a family company and make it sustainable for the future.

Feadship is this year celebrating the 70th anniversary of its foundation in 1949 when yacht builders, Royal Van Lent and Koninklijke De Vries Scheepsbouw came together with design and engineering company, De Voogt Naval Architects.

Generations of experience

Henk de Vries was amongst the fourth generation of his family to take a leading role in both his eponymous yard and Feadship, joining the Aalsmeer facility in the 1980s as director alongside his cousin Tom de Vries.

Since being appointed chief executive in the early 2000s, Henk has overseen a constant growth in the Koninklijke De Vries Scheepsbouw operations, including the opening of a second facility in Makkum in 2005. This period has also seen ever-closer ties with Royal Van Lent yard as the companies have built ever more elaborate custom Feadships.

Mr de Vries’ Breakfast Briefing will share the various ways he and his colleagues are working to ensure the future success of Feadship and the wider yachting industry. He will examine vital issues that affect all stakeholders such as, corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

METSTRADE takes place from 19 - 21 November 2019 in RAI Amsterdam. The Breakfast Briefing will take place on the morning of Tuesday 19 November.

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