We have received the tragic news that Sander Splinter, previously with Mammoet and more recently Eriks - a sister company within the SHV group - passed away on Friday, he was only 49.
Splinter began his career in 1995 as a project planner with Stork Engineers & Contractors working with petrochemical clients. He first became directly involved with cranes and heavy lifting when he joined Van Seumeren in 1998 as a technical sales manager. When Van Seumeren acquired and merged with Mammoet in 2000 he was appointed branch manager for the Netherlands. Three years later he was promoted to director of cranes for the Benelux region and then group information and technology director for a couple of years, before taking over as managing director of Mammoet Netherlands in 2010 and Mammoet Europe in 2011. That same year he was appointed as president of ESTA’s crane section.
In 2017 he was persuaded to transfer to Eriks, the industrial services group within the SHV group, where he was appointed managing director of its Dutch operations. He was clearly being groomed for greater things, but sadly we will never know how it might have worked out. He leaves behind his wife Mieke and three daughters Tess, Lynn and Jenthe.
A formal statement from Eriks said: “With great sadness we inform you that Sander passed away on April 30, 2021 at the age of 49. Sander was not only a valued person within Eriks, he was also known for his charismatic and warm way of dealing with people. He was an inspiration to many and a very genuine and natural leader. Sander worked passionately to achieve the best for Eriks in everything he did for the company. He lived his life the same way, with lots of energy and enjoyment in his hobbies, especially cycling."
Eriks chief operating officer, Floris Jan Cuypers, added: "In Sander, Eriks loses a born leader and a particularly fine colleague. He worked at Eriks Netherlands since January 1, 2018. Before that he had worked with heart and soul at our sister company Mammoet for 20 years. Despite his love for Mammoet, Sander went fully for his new challenge at Eriks and found the passion for technology. He quickly felt an affinity with the business, customers and employees. You could say that there was purple blood running through his veins, red from Mammoet and blue from Eriks. Sander was a beacon of calm and resilience for both his customers and our employees. It must have been difficult for him to write his last impressive letter to the people of Eriks. Strong and caring until the very end. We will miss him dearly."