Simon van Wijlen is a marine terminal IT Director professional with a passion for ensuring that IT adds value to the terminal operation. He is specialized in terminal automation, building IT teams, and getting the terminal to a high level of performance. Coming from a solid manufacturing and logistics background, Simon is since 2000 in the marine terminal business with main focus on [semi] automated container terminals and with a love for general cargo terminals as well. In 2019 Simon started Paragon Management & Consultancy with a focus on IT [automation] projects in marine terminals.
2000 – 2010 IT Director for Ceres Paragon Terminals Amsterdam / Amsterdam Container Terminals, consisting of an existing general cargo & container terminal while building a new straddle container terminal with [at that time] advanced features.
2010 – 2015 IT Director for Abu Dhabi Terminals, consisting of an existing general cargo & container terminal while building a new semi-automated container terminal, one of the first in the world and the first in the Middle-East.
2015 – 2019 Head of IT & Systems for Rotterdam World Gateway, starting up a new fully-automated terminal, one of three in the world and all starting at the same time, all with new core software.
Since September 2019, owner of Paragon Management & Consultancy, working on a brownfield project as PM IT & Integration.