The two new hires will help Royal HaskoningDHV Digital work towards its goal of enhancing societies and environments through software innovation and emerging technologies – ultimately building healthier and safer places for everyone to live, work and thrive in.

Ard Westerik will bring more than 25 years of experience with complex and innovative organizations, along with his knowledge of best-in-class DevOps practices, to his new role as CTO. While new Software Director, Erik Driehuis, with a track-record of building multi-million-Euro sales operations, will be taking control of the go-to-market strategy.

Since graduating from the University of Groningen in 1995, Ard has held various positions in organizing software development at companies including IBM, CSC, Magister and Dutch Railways.

I’m really looking forward to using my IT experience to help an exciting company with such a rich heritage

Ard Westerik

Chief technology officer, Royal HaskoningDHV Digital

Ard Westerik

“I’m sure that together, as a team, we can take steps to make our software business, which covers an impressive portfolio like Aquasuite, predictive simulation software Witness and the hazard intelligence platform, more successful than ever” Ard says.

Erik, who combines an economics and sales background with more than two decades’ experience working in software, is equally eager to see what can be achieved.

“Royal HaskoningDHV is already world-renowned, but I’m ready for the challenge of taking its software part of Royal HaskoningDHV Digital to the next level,” Erik says.

It’s really exciting to be able to do this at a company with such huge potential to change the way we all live and work.

Erik Driehuis

Software Director, Royal HaskoningDHV Digital

Both men will start in their roles this October, and Royal HaskoningDHV Global Digital Director Niels Schallenberg, expects the appointments to result in some exciting times ahead.

“In both Ard and Erik we have born leaders with a huge amount of industry experience,” Niels says. “I’m confident they can help us successfully take our award-winning software to the next level and see us develop new software solutions that can help us deliver even more value to our clients over the coming years.”

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