21 Apr 2017

Royal HaskoningDHV has attracted three new colleagues who will give a strong boost to growth acceleration and innovation in the Industry & Buildings Business Line: Onno Willemse (45), Carola Verschoor (44) and Aart Houweling (49). Starting in May, they will be responsible for the further development of the company in the areas of smart buildings, innovation and healthcare, respectively.

Marije Hulshof, Director Industry & Buildings at Royal HaskoningDHV: "Our clients are expecting buildings, such as offices, factories, hospitals or educational institutions, to meet increasingly higher demands: user friendliness and better operational performance and, last but not least, sustainability. We are anticipating these changed demands with digital technology. We are helping companies achieve these building requirements by using data and the Internet of Things. In their careers, Onno, Carola and Aart amply earned their stripes with reputable companies and I am especially proud that they will be contributing to the further development of our services and the realisation of our growth potential."

Onno Willemsen | Royal HaskoningDHVOnno Willemse will start on 1 May as Director Business Development Smart Buildings. In this position, he will focus on the development of new service concepts and partnerships relating to the digital transformation of buildings. Onno has over 17 years of experience with companies such as Philips and Shell. In his most recent position he was responsible for the creation of a partnership between Philips Lighting and Cisco, and consequently introduced a new successful service model. Among other things, he worked on the development of The Edge in Amsterdam (the world's most sustainable office building) in a partnership with OVG Real Estate and Deloitte. Onno: "My experience in past years has shown me how important it is to integrate data and technology at the earliest possible stage in the design of a building. I consider it an excellent opportunity to start applying my experience in this area at Royal HaskoningDHV, which is already successfully applying these types of concepts for clients, such as Schiphol."

Carola Verschoor | Royal HaskoningDHVCarola Verschoor will start on 1 May and in her role as Innovation Coach will support the entire Business Line in its innovation and growth strategy. In this respect she will primarily focus on furthering new concepts based on smart solutions, as well as accelerating growth in cooperation with external partners. She has developed herself to become a leading expert in growth by combining innovation, marketing and design. Carola held various marketing positions in companies such as Kraft Foods, Danone, Sara Lee and Coca-Cola. In 2013, she started up her own company GROH! Innovation and consequently successfully expanded her field of work to include other sectors, such as energy and retail. Carola: "My approach is characterised by a combination of business insight, creativity, design thinking and putting the key focus on the user. I am looking forward to further developing and applying this approach together with the team at Royal HaskoningDHV."

Aart Houweling | Royal HaskoningDHVAart Houweling will start on 1 May as Director Healthcare, Royal HaskoningDHV’s advisory group with a market leadership position in the Netherlands, that also provides advice to international clients in the area of real estate in the healthcare sector. Aart will be managing approximately 100 professionals. He has broad international experience in marketing, business development and professional services with companies such as Care IQ, Philips Healthcare, Vodafone and Ericsson. Aart: "Stricter and changing requirements in the healthcare sector, and specifically relating to healthcare real estate, have an enormous impact on the affordability of and access to healthcare. I am really looking forward to developing innovative ideas for clients with Royal HaskoningDHV's Healthcare Team and to expand our leading market position nationally, as well as internationally. Digital technology furthermore can truly make a difference here – for patients, as well as healthcare providers."

Royal HaskoningDHV's Strategy

Royal HaskoningDHV's strategy is focused on further increasing client satisfaction and employee commitment. The company wants to continue to be an independent player and realise growth in turnover and profits on the basis of local market dominance in a select number of countries, as well as reinforce its position in several leading segments of the international market. Key pillars of this strategy are investing in teams and innovation, a strong focus on digital services, and encouraging a culture of innovation, pride and ownership. Earlier this month, the company announced the arrival of Eva Klein Schiphorst as Business Unit Director Public Buildings.