IFHS elects new Chairman and Vice-Chairman

30 November 2012

IFHS Chairman, Holger KlindtAt its recent AGM held onboard SS Rotterdam during Hydro12 the Board of the International Federation of Hydrographic Societies elected Holger Klindt - Head of Strategy & Product Management for SIGNALIS (France & Germany) - as its fourth Chairman. He succeeds Aubrey Price from South Africa who had held the post since 2010.

Holger has been a member of the Board of the German Hydrographic Society (DHyG) since 2002 and had become its President in 2006. He was actively involved in the organisation of the Federation's highly successful Hydro 10 conference which took place in Rostock. He also served as Vice-Chairman of IFHS from 2010-12.

After an industrial apprenticeship in the optical industry Holger achieved both an engineering degree at the Technical College at Wedel followed by a BSc in Physics from the University of Hamburg. After beginning his professional career in high-energy physics Holger was soon introduced to hydrography when he held the position of senior researcher at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Bremerhaven. There he became involved in the development of advanced sonar processing and deep-sea multibeam surveying.

Holger joined ATLAS Elektronik in 1989 where he held the post of Branch Marketing Manager of Hydrographic Sonar Systems for Offshore and Research Applications.

In 2000 he became Managing Director of the Centre for Applied Marine Research (ZAM) at the University of Kiel where he worked on various national and international research projects. During this time he was heavily involved in the development of national capabilities addressing UNCLOS Article 76 (Extended Continental Shelf) challenge. Holger was one of the founders of the German Hydrographic Consultancy Pool (GHyCop).

In late 2003 Holger returned to ATLAS Elektronik where he became Head of Maritime Safety and Security, a position which he in principle - despite various changes both in the company and job title - still holds today and in which he is responsible for group strategy and product management.

Holger is also an active member of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA), a Council Member of the German Institute of Navigation, an Advisory Member of the German Society for Marine Technology (GMT) and speaker at the German MARISSA network on Maritime Safety and Security Applications.

Away from hydrography, Holger holds a private pilot's licence and has enjoyed sailing for nearly two decades. Holger married in 1989 and has three children who are all at university.

With Holger having vacated the Vice-Chairman's post on the IFHS Board, Rob van Ree was elected his successor. Rob is the senior lecturer on the hydrography training course at the Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz on the island of Terschelling in The Netherlands. Trained as a hydrographic surveyor, he worked for Shell International in the UK. On returning to Holland he studied physical geodesy at Delft University and he then worked for Delft Geophysical, Oceonics Intersite, Rijkswaterstaat and the Dutch Naval Training Institute. Since 1996 he has been Treasurer of the Hydrographic Society Benelux (HSB) where he worked with Egon Bakker, Cor Don, Rob Luijnenburg and Leeke van der Poel. Most recently he initiated and co-organised Hydro12 which took place in mid-November.

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