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Karin Sluis named as successor to Harry Webers

(31-01-2013)

The board of Dutch engineering and consultancy firm Witteveen+Bos announced on 30 January 2013 that it had named Ms. C.M. (Karin) Sluis (1965) as the firm’s new managing director. On 10 April 2013 she will succeed Harry Webers, who has been managing director since 9 April 2003.

The articles of incorporation of Witteveen+Bos require board members to step down in the year they reach age 55. This policy is based on a vitality curve for board members, devised by Dr. A. Twijnstra, which Witteveen+Bos has applied since 1992.

The incumbent board, consisting of Harry Webers (55) and Henk Nieboer (51), chose Karin Sluis as the new managing director after consulting with the Witteveen+Bos senior partners. At the General Meeting of Shareholders on 10 April 2013 the Witteveen+Bos shareholders will be asked to approve her appointment. Witteveen+Bos is well known for its unique ownership structure introduced in 1992 under which its employees hold all the shares in the firm.

Karin Sluis, daughter of a Delft engineer, studied civil engineering and hydraulics at the Delft University of Technology. She began her career at Witteveen+Bos in 1989 as a sewerage and urban water management consultant. From 1999 to 2004 she managed the firm’s Breda office before taking charge of the product market combinations (PMCs) for Traffic and Roads and for Planning Studies and Process Management. Since 2010 she has additionally held the position of Head of the Spatial Development and Mobility Sector.

‘Engineers have an important contribution to make to a healthy and safe environment today and in the years ahead’, said Karin Sluis. ‘Its high-end expertise and entrepreneurship are worth gold to Witteveen+Bos. We want to keep the focus on the distinctive and innovative knowledge of engineering that is so important for tackling complex issues in the Netherlands and other countries. At the same time we will continue to invest in relationships with our clients, partners in projects and, last but not least, our workforce. Engineering is people’s work and teamwork built on expertise, reliability and commitment.’

Harry Webers will continue to work for Witteveen+Bos. His focal areas will include the smooth handover of board duties, his post as head of the Urban Development Sector, development of business in the gas industry and strategic matters.