Rose Damen is a Non-Executive Director and a shareholder at the family-owned Damen Shipyards Group. The group is the world leader in specialist shipbuilding including superyachts as well as advanced naval ships, high-speed craft for coast guards, and complex offshore construction vessels. The group comprises 50 companies in 28 countries, including 35 shipyards, and with 12,000 employees. Damen delivers over 200 ships annually. In 1927 the Damen brothers founded their first shipyard in the Netherlands.
Part of the third generation of Damen family ownerships, Rose heads Damen’s yachting division – which includes Amels, Damen Yacht Support and SeaXplorer. Damen owns the largest superyacht facility in the Netherlands and is world-renowned for the very highest quality superyachts above 50 metres in length. The yard has delivered more than 60 Amels superyachts, including its Limited Editions range up to 83 metres in length, and also operates a busy Refit division.
Before joining Damen Shipyards full-time in 2014, Rose earned an MBA from INSEAD, with a focus on entrepreneurial management. This followed five years’ experience in fund management at Intrinsic Value Investors (IVI), a London-based institutional investor. Before joining IVI, Rose worked for a non-governmental organisation in Sri Lanka, and completed an internship at ABN AMRO Jakarta. Besides living and working in Asia, Rose also has Asian family roots.
Rose holds a degree from Erasmus University in the Netherlands and has also passed all three CFA exams. She is a founding trustee of the Dutch Masters Foundation and a member of the development board of the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam. Rose enjoys outdoor sports and has sailed around the world.
Together with her sister Annelies Damen, Rose was winner of the 2017 Enterprising Women of the Year Award for the category over $100 million in annual revenues.