YoungShip Rotterdam Announces Board Changes

YoungShip Rotterdam, a professional non-profit organization for young people working within the global maritime industry, announced today the appointment of Matthew Wittemeier to its board of directors.

Mr. Wittemeier commenced his role on the board effective October 1, 2020 replacing Francisco Gomes who had held the role since 2017. Mr. Wittemeier currently is the Marketing Manager for INFORM’s Logistics Division.

“Matthew brings significant marketing and business skills to our organization. In addition, his work over the past 18 months championing Millennials in maritime, pushing to increase the awareness of this younger generation’s voice in our industry, are a great match for YoungShip Rotterdam,” commented Charles Sassen, Chairman YoungShip Rotterdam.

Mr. Wittemeier added, “I’m honored to be joining such a diverse board, a growing chapter of YoungShip, and an organization who has some very exciting plans in store for 2021. I’m looking forward to being apart of the vision for accelerating the trajectory of young maritime professionals both in Rotterdam and globally.”

In addition to Mr. Gomes stepping down from the YoungShip Rotterdam board, one additional board member, Georgios Protonarios who started in in 2018 will also transition out of the team in the coming months.

“We’re sad to see both Francisco and Georgios leaving the organization, but thank them for their contributions over the past several years; they’ve both been crucial in helping YoungShip Rotterdam grow to its current level of membership,” commented Mr. Sassen.

Anne Geelhoed has also recently been appointed to the YoungShip International (YSI) Board to support the YoungShip Rotterdam hosting of ShipCon 2021. Her appointment will persist until the event is completed at which point she will step down from the YSI Board.

YoungShip Rotterdam, The Netherlands based chapter of YoungShip International, provides networking, learning, and community engagement opportunities for young maritime professionals in the Rotterdam area. Founded in 2004 in Norway, YoungShip International has grown steadily over the past 16 years with over 3,000 global members.