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Vopak Executive Board

The Executive Board of Vopak consists of three members who are collectively responsible for the development and implementation of Vopak’s strategy and the management of our business and group companies affiliated with Vopak. In doing so, they strive to create shareholder value over the long term.

Eelco Hoekstra - Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO of Royal Vopak

Nationality Dutch
Year of birth 1971
Education Master's Degree in Economics
Career Eelco Hoekstra has been active in the international tank storage industry since 1995 and joined Vopak in 2003. At Vopak, he held various management positions in the Middle East, Latin America and Asia. Until his appointment to the Executive Board, Eelco was President of Vopak Asia. He has been a member of the Executive Board since November 2010. He has been Chairman of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Vopak since January 2011.


Frits Eulderink - Member of the Executive Board and COO of Royal Vopak

Nationality Dutch
Year of birth 1961
Education PhD in Astrophysics and two cum laude Master’s Degrees in Mathematics and in Astronomy
Career Frits Eulderink joined the Royal Dutch Shell Group in 1990, where he held various technical and management positions in the Netherlands, North America, Africa and the Middle East, including in the fields of Research, Manufacturing, Exploration and Production. Until the end of 2009, Frits was Vice-president Unconventional Oil in Houston (United States). He has been a member of the Executive Board since April 2010.


Gerard Paulides - Member of the Executive Board and CFO of Royal Vopak

Nationality Dutch
Year of birth 1963 
Education Master’s Degree in Business Economics
Career Before joining Vopak, Gerard Paulides was a senior finance executive within Royal Dutch Shell for 30 years fulfilling several Finance, Investor Relations and M&A related positions. He led the IPO for Shell Midstream Partners MLP and was in charge of the Royal Dutch Shell and BG Group transaction. Mr Paulides has been a member of the Executive Board and Chief Financial Officer since February 2018.