IADC appoints new President

The International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) has announced the appointment of Frank Verhoeven as the new President of the IADC Board of Directors.

Mr Verhoeven was part of the Royal Boskalis Westminster group of companies for 40 years. After graduating with a degree in civil engineering from the Technical University of Delft (TU Delft) in 1976, he joined Royal Boskalis as a research specialist. Over the next 25 years, he held several technical management functions before becoming General Manager for Boskalis Netherlands, a position he held from 2000 to 2005. In 2005 he became a member of the management team of Royal Boskalis and was responsible for the company’s activities in Europe and several staff departments such as tender departments and SHE-Q. 

When Boskalis broadened its activities to the offshore industry, acquiring Smit International and later Dockwise, Mr Verhoeven became responsible for the company’s offshore activities and from 2010 to 2012 was chairman of Smit’s Management Team. In 2012 he became a member of the Board of Management of Royal Boskalis, a position he fulfilled until his retirement in 2016. Mr Verhoeven is currently a member of various supervisory boards including that of Deltares, an independent institute for applied research in the field of water and soil.

In accepting his appointment as President, Mr Verhoeven thanked retiring President Peter de Ridder for his contributions to the success of the IADC. Mr De Ridder held the position for four years since September 2012. The IADC said it, along with its member companies, look forward to working with Mr Verhoeven as he assumes the association’s presidency and joins other board members, who come from the top companies in the dredging industry.


The International Association of Dredging Companies is the global umbrella organisation for contractors in the private dredging industry, dedicated to promoting the skills, integrity and reliability of its members, as well as the economic, social and environmental influence of the dredging industry in general. The IADC has over 100 main and associated members.