Arcardis nominates Dutchman Peter Oosterveer for CEO role

04 April 2017 3 min. read
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Arcardis' Supervisory Board has nominated Peter Oosterveer, formerly the COO at the Fluor Corporation, as candidate for the position of CEO. The position has been filled by interim CEO Renier Vree since the end of last year after the exit of Neil McArthur. Oosterveer will appear before the firm's Executive Board on April 26 for potential conformation.

Peter Oosterveer joined Fluor Corporation in 1988 as a Controls System Engineer. The role saw him engage on a number of international projects for the firm, he soon took on managerial roles at the Dutch arm of the engineering, procurement, construction, maintenance and project management company. In 1999 he was enlisted to support a major transformation at the firm, for which he moved to the firm’s California-based headquarters. Following the successful implementation of the project he moved back to Europe, where, he took on a General Manager role at the firm’s Netherlands operation. Subsequent roles included lead of the firm’s Chemicals Group in Europe, Africa and the Middle East; President of the firm’s global Energy and Chemicals group; and member of the firm’s corporate leadership team. He became the firm’s Chief Operating Officer in the firm’s Commercial Operations, responsible for the profit and loss over the firm’s annual revenue of $20 billion.

Oosterveer holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarde.

Peter Oosterveer - Arcadis

Arcardis, late last year, saw Neil McArthur, the firm’s CEO since 2012, depart. The reasons for the departure were “because of a difference of opinion on Arcadis' path moving forward.” At the time Renier Vree, the then Arcadis CFO, took on the role of interim CEO until the board was able to find a successor.

Acradis’ Supervisory Board recently nominated Peter Oosterveer as the successor to McArthur and Vree. The nomination will see Oosterveer appear before Arcadis’ Executive Board, as part of the wider shareholder meeting on April 26, where, if appointed, he will serve a four-year period as the CEO of Arcadis.

Niek Hoek, Chairman of Arcadis' Supervisory Board remarks about the change of leadership at the top its business, "We are on a journey to ensuring Arcadis' global capabilities reach more and more clients, and that we outperform our competition in global and local markets. Peter's experience in delivering excellence in project management, running successful commercial operations, and strategic expertise, combined with his leadership skills, make him well suited to lead Arcadis forward. He will join the current Arcadis Executive Team who have managed Arcadis well during the recruitment process. I would like to thank them, and interim CEO Renier Vree in particular, for their dedication over the past few months."

Oosterveer says that he “looks forward” to working with the rest of the Executive Board and all the talented people in Arcadis to deliver profitable and sustainable growth. My passion as a leader is ensuring the highest quality delivery, and unrelenting client focus, and I know this matches Arcadis' values. My international business experience, knowledge of the engineering industry, and client and people development focus will be invaluable for the success of Arcadis."