In this role, he will focus on further growing the company’s digital consultancy and software solutions business which is one of the strategic priorities for the coming years.

CEO Erik Oostwegel: “Over recent years we have already seen robust growth in digital consultancy and software solutions, organically and through acquisitions. To realise our strategic growth ambitions for the coming years, increased management dedication and focus is required. Therefore, I am very pleased to announce that David de Graaf will take over from Niels Schallenberg as Global Director Digital. Niels has been responsible for bringing our business line Digital to its present level of maturity while combining his work as Global Director Digital with being Global Director Water & Maritime. With the foundation for further growth set, it is a natural moment to handover to a dedicated Global Director Digital.”

Global Director Digital David de Graaf: “The developments and possibilities in the field of digitalisation are accelerating. What we thought was impossible is now reality. At Royal HaskoningDHV, we can and will make a significant contribution to this world and our clients by combining 140 years of domain knowledge, our vision of integrating the physical and digital world with digital twins and using the potential of software and data. With more than 300 digital professionals and a total of some 6,000 colleagues globally, we are able to deliver this added value. Enhancing society together by using the great potential of digital technology, that is my passion and challenge.”

David de Graaf joined Royal HaskoningDHV at the end of 2020, being one of the partners of the acquired company Novius, specialists in strategic business transformation. Since then, he has been responsible for the business unit Digital Consultancy & Data Solutions within the business line Digital. 

Niels Schallenberg will continue as Global Director Water & Maritime, driving growth and excellence in the company's strategic markets of climate resilience, maritime and water technology. “I am very proud of the strong growth in digital over the past years. We have a strong foundation to further accelerate our growth providing a seamless offering of software, technology, consultancy, design and engineering. I am pleased to handover to David to continue our exciting journey.” Niels added.