Francis Vallat, ENMC Chairman since 2011, resigned hi post of chairman during the annual meeting which was held in Elsinore, Denmark last October. The new ENMC Chairman is Arjen Uytendaal.
Mr Vallat resigned after six years at the head of the network. Francis Vallat’s right-hand man and Secretary General Paul Marceul, will also step back after a short “technical” transition period
The former duo has been giving a strong new impetus to ENMC for years, multiplying efforts to better connect national clusters with each other on the one hand, and the ENMC itself with relevant international organizations as well as European bodies on the other hand. It established the ENMC as a well-recognized stakeholder, highly respected a.o by the European Commission and the European Parliament Maritime Intergroup.
Francis Vallat stated that the ENMC has enormous potential to help unlocking the future of Blue Growth and already achieved a lot on various important fronts. "The European Commission is aware of it, but despite its repeated commitments to walk the talk, no solution was found for the EU to financially support our actions. It is a missed opportunity but no fatality. We know now that national clusters will anyway find the necessary resources to go ahead” he said.
The ENMC members elected the Managing Director of Nederland Maritiem Land the Dutch maritime cluster organization Mr. Arjen Uytendaal to the Presidency/chairmanship, and three prominent maritime leaders as Vice-Presidents: Spanish Maritime Cluster President Mr. Alejandro Aznar; French Maritime Cluster President Mr. Frédéric Moncany de Saint-Aignan; and Chairman of the Italian Association of Shipbuilders and Ambassador Mr. Vincenzo Petrone.
The newly elected ENMC Chairman Arjen Uytendaal, who also accumulates decades of business experience with various shipping companies said that he was honored to be elected by the ENMC members.
"Together with strengthening the foundation of the ENMC, I think it is important to promote and enhance the added value and influence of the European maritime industry. And to bring cross-sectoral maritime opportunities and (sustainable) challenges to the arena in Brussels" he said.
Francis Vallat, who was elected Honorary President upon recommendation of the new chairman and who will remain a Board member at the disposal of the chairman expressed his great satisfaction and full confidence saying that the arrival of Arjen at the helm of ENMC is great news.
"I have absolutely no doubt that his leadership will quickly demonstrate that ENMC is in extremely good hands” he concluded.