Jan van Akkeren is Director Operations, Equipment, and Technology at Heerema Marine Contractors since September 2018. He is responsible for Heerema’s equipment, operations and yards.

Jan started his career at Heerema Marine Contractors in the Foundation Engineering Department on February 1, 1991 after finishing his MSc in Civil Engineering at Delft University of Technology. In July 1996, he moved to the Operations Department where he fulfilled many positions. In 2011 Jan became VP and in 2013 SVP Operations and Assets. He spent a significant part of his career for Heerema abroad in, among others, Curacao, Mexico, USA, Nigeria and Angola. In the latter country, Jan was responsible for setting up four companies and the construction and operation of Heerema's Porto Amboim Yard.

Since September 2019 Jan became Director Operations for Heerema Vlissingen B.V. and HFG Polska as well.