Effective 1 July 2022, Emile Hoogsteden will succeed Mark Geilenkirchen as the new CEO of SOHAR Port, a fifty-fifty joint venture of the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the Sultanate of Oman (ASYAD Group). Hoogsteden has worked for the Port of Rotterdam Authority for fifteen years and is currently serving as Vice-President Commercial.

‘Emile brings a solid track record of building and managing robust business strategies in the global logistics’ industry,’ says Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority. ‘We are confident that his stellar background will continue to pave the way for more growth opportunities for the port and our tenants at SOHAR. We would like to thank Mark for his unwavering dedication and contributions to the company over the last five years. His visionary leadership has contributed to the port’s success and development.’

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Under this new leadership, SOHAR will continue to be one of the fastest-growing Port and Freezone complexes in the world. To date, the company has attracted close to USD 30 billion in investments by serving diverse industries including metals, raw materials, and plastics to name a few. As a future-ready port capable of welcoming the world’s largest container vessels, SOHAR will take a leading role in achieving the national economic priorities within the Oman 2040 Vision.

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