Rose is a Non-Executive Director and shareholder at the family-owned Damen Shipyards Group. Damen is the leading builder of workboats and fast craft worldwide. It is a group of 50 companies in 28 countries, and with 9,000 employees. Damen delivers over 200 ships annually. This year Damen celebrates 90 years since the Damen brothers founded their first shipyard in the Netherlands. Damen has since developed a diverse portfolio of vessels including advanced naval ships, high-speed craft for coast guards and complex offshore construction vessels.
Rose Damen also heads Damen’s yachting division – which includes Amels, Damen Yacht Support and SeaXplorer. Damen owns the largest superyacht facility in the Netherlands and under the brand name “Amels” is world-renowned for the very highest quality superyachts above 50 metres in length. The yard has delivered more than 60 Amels superyachts, including its Limited Editions range up to 83 metres in length, and also operates a busy Refit division. Overall, the yachting division accounts on average for 10% of Damen’s revenues and will deliver nine yachts and yacht support vessels in 2017 with an order book in excess of EUR 400m.
Over the past three decades, Damen has built up a strong presence in the Asia-Pacific region including shipyards in Singapore, Vietnam, China and service networks in Australia. Damen also cooperates closely with its partners in other countries in the region to offer local construction.
Before joining Damen Shipyards full-time in 2014, Rose earned an MBA from INSEAD, with a focus on entrepreneurial management. This followed five years’ experience in fund management at Intrinsic Value Investors (IVI), a London-based institutional investor. Before joining IVI, Rose worked for a non-governmental organisation in Sri Lanka, and completed an internship at ABN AMRO Jakarta. Besides living and working in Asia, Rose also has Asian family roots.
Rose holds a degree from Erasmus University in the Netherlands and has also passed all three CFA exams. She is a founding trustee of the Dutch Masters Foundation and a member of the development board of the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam. Rose enjoys outdoor sports and has sailed around the world.