Strategy and objectives

HES International is one of largest independent terminal operators in dry and liquid bulk products. Our terminals operate in Europe’s most important ports at prime locations.

We meticulously develop these terminals further with the objective to maintain our market leader position in the field of iron ore and coal while expanding our market share in argri and mineral products. Our modern and flexible tank terminals are located at strategic locations with ample land for expansion. It is our aim to become one of the leading players in the European tank terminal market.

HES International is pursuing this development mainly through organic growth and conversion of existing terminals but also through greenfield developments and where suitable by acquiring existing terminals or refineries that we can convert to storage terminals.

We always operate at the highest level of industry standards in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. Our customer-driven employees continuously optimize working methods and introduce innovative changes with the objective to improve operations and service to our customers.

HES in the world of energy in transition

The growth in the world’s population and the global economy result in an increased demand for energy. To meet this demand in a sustainable way, the international community has committed itself to the Paris Climate Agreement (2015). The objective of this agreement is to reduce CO2 emissions and to transition from CO2 generating fossil energy sources (e.g. oil, lignite, coal and gas) to renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind energy and hydropower. In Europe, politicians, the business community, NGO’s and citizens work hard to achieve this objective. The energy transition -a transition of use of fossil fuels and not the transportation thereof- is here to stay and that is an important and positive reality. 

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At HES International we serve global, regional and local customers, varying from trading houses and majors to distribution companies. We aim to provide our customers with the safest, most reliable and efficient handling and storage solutions. To deliver the highest service level to the customers, our knowledgeable employees are committed to execute operations with care, integrity, ownership and transparency.

Executive Board

Jan P. Vogel (1970)
Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Jan Vogel has over 25 years' experience in senior positions in the international midstream and dry bulk sector.
Appointed September 2015.

Barbara P.E. Geelen (1974)
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Barbara Geelen has profound international investment banking experience, especially in Energy, Debt, Equity Capital Markets and Restructuring.
Appointed March 2014.

Harry F.C. van Rietschoten (1966)
Chief Operational Officer (COO)
Mr. Harry van Rietschoten has gained substantial experience in the international oil and gas industry. He has held several positions, and during these years he oversaw operational & legal matters in the oil & gas industry.
Appointed July 2012.

Paul van Poecke (1962)
Director Liquid Bulk Terminals
Mr. Paul van Poecke has been active in the energy industry for over 30 years. He has served HES International for many years, first as Managing Director of our Wilhelmshaven Tank Terminal and since early 2016 as Head of the Liquid Bulk business.
Appointed September 2017.

Supervisory board

Peter G. Backhouse (1951)
Previously series of senior positions with BP in Exploration and Production, Refining, Marketing and Finance.
Appointed in 2014.

Jan Peter Peterson (1943)
Former Managing Director of Peterson's Havenbedrijf and former Manager of PPF Participatie Fonds B.V.
Appointed in 2014.

Ben Vree (1954)
Several Supervisory Board functions. Previous member of board of directors: APM terminals Europe and Smit Internationale NV.  
Appointed in 2011.

Dilia A.Th. van der Heem-Wagemakers (1947)
Previously held senior positions at the FNV (Dutch trade union), member of the Dutch House of Representatives, member Rotterdam Municipal Council as well as public prosecutor.
Appointed in 2014.

Marcel Q.H. van Poecke (1960)
Head and Managing Director for Carlyle International Energy Partners (CIEP). Founder and Chairman of Atlast Invest.
Appointed in 2014.

Natasha C. Fowlie (1986)
Vice President at Riverstone Holdings LLC
Appointed in 2015.

Kenneth Ryan (1972)
Partner and Head of Corporate development at Riverstone Holdings LLC
Appointed in 2016.


HES International is owned by Riverstone, for 70%, and by Carlyle, for 30%.

Riverstone is an energy and power-focused private investment firm founded in 2000 by David M. Leuschen and Pierre F. Lapeyre, Jr. with approximately $34 billion of capital raised. Riverstone conduct buyout and growth capital investments in the exploration & production, midstream, oilfield services, power, and renewable sectors of the energy industry. With offices in New York, London, Houston, and Mexico City, it has committed approximately $30 billion to more than 120 investments in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.
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The Carlyle Group is a global alternative asset manager with $169 billion of assets under management across 125 funds and 177 fund of funds vehicles. Founded in 1987 in Washington, DC, Carlyle has grown into one of the world’s largest and most successful investment firms, with more than 1,625 professionals operating in 35 offices in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia.
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