Belgian marine engineering group DEME has appointed Luc Vandenbulcke as the new CEO of the company, succeeding Alain Bernard, who is retiring.
Vandenbulcke has worked at DEME Group for the past 21 years, andis the founder and CEO of GeoSea. Since 2011, he has served as DEME’s deputy COO.
Bernard will focus on his role of chairman of DEME Concessions and Global Sea Mineral Resources with a view to further supporting the growth of the group.
“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,” said Bernard.
“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,” added Vandenbulcke.