Eelco Hoekstra joined the Executive Board of Royal Vopak in Rotterdam in 2010. He was appointed Chairman of the Executive Board & CEO as per the 1st of January 2011. He has over twenty five years of experience in the international tank storage industry.
After joining Vopak in 2003, Mr Hoekstra took up the position of Managing Director of Vopak Horizon Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates. In 2005, he relocated to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he assumed the position of President of Vopak Latin America. In 2008, he was appointed Division President of Vopak Asia in Singapore.
Mr Hoekstra holds a Master’s in Economics from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He is a member of the International Business Leaders’ Advisory Council for the Mayor of Shanghai (IBLAC); a member of the Advisory Board of the Rotterdam School of Management; a member of the Advisory Board of the Erasmus Trust Fund Foundation; a member of the Executive Committee of the European Petrochemical Association (EPCA); and an active member of the World Economic Forum (WEF).