Royal HaskoningDHV adds Abhishek Kaushal and promotes Jasper de Wit

07 March 2017

Royal HaskoningDHV has picked up Abhishek Kaushal from AkzoNobel, he joins the firm as lead of its Global HR function. In addition, the firm has appointed Jasper de Wit, formerly the firm’s Corporate Controller, to the role of Corporate Director Finance & Control.

Since 2012 Jasper de Wit has worked at Royal HaskoningDHV as a Corporate Controller following its integration with DHV. He previously, from 2005, worked at DHV, first as Controller of the firm’s Business Group Building and Industry, before, in 2010, becoming Controller of the Aviation arm and in 2011, Group Controller.

Earlier in his career De Wit, who holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Tilburg University and a Postgraduate degree in Controlling from the VU University Amsterdam, held various controller functions at Dutch airline KLM over a period of six years. 

Prior to joining Royal HaskoningDHV, Abhishek Kaushal worked at AkzoNobel for four years, including the roles of Head of Regional People Service, SESA & HR Business Leader of Decorative Paints in India. He previously worked at PeopleStrong HR Services, where he was Practice Head of HR Shared Services. Earlier in his career he worked at Genpact for nine years, most recently as a Senior Manager in HR Shared Services, following roles as Operations Manager and Quality Manager. He started his career at pharmaceutical company Ind-Swift as a trainee.

Abhishek Kaushal, Jasper de Wit - Royal HaskoningDHV

Kaushal holds a GNIIT in Advanced Computer Programming the National Institute of Information Technology, obtained in India, a post graduate diploma in Business Management from the Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies – Pune, and an Executive Master of Business Administration in General Management from the Indian Institute of Management. He in addition is a Six Sigma Certification holder.

Kaushal joins Royal HaskoningDHV as the firm's new lead of its Global HR department, while de Wit is promoted to the role of Corporate Director Finance & Control. De Wit succeeds Nynke Dalstra to the role, who, following the departure of Jaska de Bakker, was appointed CFO late last year.

“Jasper is an excellent successor from within our company. He is an innovator and strategic thinker who knows how to balance his focus between day to day operations and longer term ambitions. I have full confidence he will do a great job”, says Dalstra.

Cindy Meervis, Corporate Director of Human Resources, says: “I feel privileged to have Abhishek on our team. He joins us with over 14 years of cross-functional expertise in HR, operations and transitions. He will be instrumental in our new HR organisation that is aimed at a more streamlined delivery of HR services which are fully in line with our company’s priorities.”

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Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

23 April 2019

Sergio Cardoso, Matt Maltz, Jessica Patel, Marc Roberts and Nick Warner have been appointed as partners at Grant Thornton. With the company undergoing a year of transition under new leadership, the new members will help consolidate the firm’s offering as it looks to reach new levels of growth in 2019.

2019 sees Grant Thornton’s UK wing undergoing a process of transformation. As the group looks to ensure its teams “provide the right level of support for profitable growth” and create an environment that “makes it easier for our people to do great work”, the firm has announced a succession of senior appointments across its regional divisions.

In February, this saw Chris Petts and James Bulloss named Partner and Director in the North East and Yorkshire respectively. Now, the UK’s sixth-largest auditing and consulting firm has confirmed the installation of a further five Partners across its UK team.

Sergio Cardoso is a long-standing Grant Thornton employee, having joined from Daniel Auerbach & Company – where he was an Accountant – in 2005. Cardoso rose steadily through the ranks since then, taking up his most recent role as Audit and Assurance Director in 2015. In that role, he focused on dynamic, fast-growing and entrepreneurial private companies, as well as multinational and AIM-listed groups. He now takes up the position of Partner in Grant Thornton’s audit practice.

Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

Nick Warner has been appointed as a partner in Grant Thornton’s VAT team based in London. Bringing more than 20 years of experience in tax to the role, Warner joins the firm from Moore Stephens, where he most recently was VAT Partner, during a five-year stay with the firm. Prior to that, Warner was a Partner in VAT at BDO and PKF UK. He also spent five years at HMRC as a Higher Executive Officer.

Matt Maltz is the first of three Partner appointments in Grant Thornton’s real estate tax division. A former EY Partner in real estate tax, Maltz spent 17 years with the Big Four firm. In his new position with Grant Thornton, he will tackle similar client areas, as a Partner in real estate tax.

Jessica Patel has also been promoted as a Partner in the firm’s real estate tax practice, having been with the firm for more than 15 years. Patel joined Grant Thornton as a trainee in 2003. She is a licensed member of both the Association of Tax Technicians and the Chartered Institute of Taxation. As a Partner, Patel will advise a wide variety of clients ranging from UK property investors and developers to overseas investors and property funds.

Marc Roberts is another Big Four alumnus to join Grant Thornton as a Partner. Roberts exited EY to take up his new position, having been an Associate Partner and real estate advisory lead at the company. With more than 25 years of experience in the financial services sector, Roberts also formerly held a Directorship and headed the corporate finance real estate advisory team at fellow Big Four firm PwC.