Arcardis nominates Dutchman Peter Oosterveer for CEO role

04 April 2017

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."


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Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

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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.