Frans Scheeren, Plant Manager OCI Nitrogen, won the award for Plant Manager of the Year 2014. The award was handed out by head judge Jos Benders during the Deltavisie congress in Rotterdam. Scheeren was chosen because over the past ten years, he has delivered outstanding results in terms of efficiency, safety and health. The jury decided that Frans has delivered very good results over a longer period, mostly due to his thoroughness and his good relationship with employees and contractors.
Frans has a vast amount of experience in the chemicals industry. In the past ten years, he has worked as a plant manager for our ammonia plants. The OCI Nitrogen management team put him forward as a candidate. “Frans is not only a great person but also a skilled professional,” says Gert-Jan de Geus, Chief Operations Officer. “He enjoys every facet of his work as plant manager. He always analyses what the best, safest and most sensible choice is for the plants, and he is thorough and effective about implementation. He’s also a genuine team player. That has won him the appreciation of his team, who are able to work on their own personal and professional development.” The result of all this is that the volume of production and health & safety have all improved, while emissions have decreased.
About the election
The chemical industry yearly organizes the election for ‘Plant Manager of the Year’. An expert jury chaired by former LyondellBasell CEO Jos Benders evaluates the finalists on their level of social responsibility, their leadership qualities, and their communication skills. In addition, the public could vote for one of the finalists. Scheeren received almost 50% of the public votes and therefor won the online election.
About the award
The Plant Manager of the Year award was presented for the first time in 2008 and was initiated by the Petrochem Platform and the Dutch Chemical Industry Association (VNCI), in cooperation with Deltalinqs and the Port of Rotterdam Authority. The award contributes to the Dutch processing industry's positive image by identifying and rewarding plant managers’ efforts and achievements, especially in the areas of safety, health, productivity and sustainability.