Franklyn Richards succeeds Willem Barendsen at Air-Fin

POSTED: 03/21/11 5:55 PM

St. Maarten – Former Lt. Governor of St. Maarten, Franklyn Richards and international businessman, Herman Behr of Curacao have been appointed as the new Managing Directors of Air-Fin.

The announcement was made by John Curtis, President of the Florida based Seven Seas Water Corporation, who also confirmed that Air-Fin’s Managing Director Willem Barendsen has decided to retire.

Curtis recognized “the long tenure of Willem Barendsen as a key person in St Maarten’s water supply”, acknowledging his leadership of Air-Fin from 2007 to 2010.

Curtis, on behalf of Seven Seas Water, expressed heartfelt gratitude for Barendsen’s services and commitment over the course of the past years and wished him well as he is now back in Europe to be closer to his family, especially his children and grandchildren.

He said that “while Willem has been a valuable contributor to the development of Seven Seas Water, we now look forward to the leadership and experience of Franklyn Richards, who will continue the successful development of the Air-Fin / Seven Seas Water operations in St Maarten”.

The company is enthusiastic and “very grateful that a man of such distinguished background in public service has decided to join Air-Fin St. Maarten as our Managing Director,” added Doug Brown, the CEO of the Seven Seas Water Corporation.

“We look forward to many more years of effectively meeting the water needs of Sint Maarten under the guidance of Franklyn Richards”, he said.

The second director, Herman Behr, is one of the statutory directors of HB Management, a Curacao-based trust company.  HB Management controls e-Management, a company that acts as corporate officer for Oceania Caribe Licensing NV, an Internet gambling company.

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