Leadership Executive Board

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Tjerk van der Meer, and the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Esther van der Arend, comprise the Deerns Executive Board (EB) which ensures that the entire operations at Deerns are aligned and managed with the mission, strategy and business governance principles, to ensure business continuity and success. The EB also drives goals which are linked to critical issues of our times such as sustainability, all the time ensuring these remain people centric. These are in turn linked to the markets in which Deerns operates and foresees further growth as Airports, Health Care, Real Estate, Data Centres, Life Sciences and Micro Electronics.

Tjerk van der Meer was appointed the CEO of Deerns in March 2021 and has been a member of the Deerns Executive Board since June 2019, leading Deerns towards a solid and well-diversified position in the market. With over twenty years of international experience in the consultancy and engineering sector, he previously held leadership roles at Arcadis and Royal HaskoningDHV. 

" Leading Deerns towards sustainable growth is all about investing in our talent and in innovation and operational efficiency.
Tjerk van der Meer CEO

Esther van der Arend joined Deerns as CFO and member of the Executive Board as of August 2023. She has successfully led financial and business teams to respond smartly to dynamic market environments. 

With over twelve years of experience in the construction and real estate industry, she was CFO of Bunnik Group and held key financial roles at Royal BAM Group NV and worked at KPMG as an external auditor. 

“Deerns has ambitious strategic goals and I am committed to leading our business and financial teams to success.”


" Deerns has ambitious strategic goals and I am committed to leading our business and financial teams to success.
Esther van der Arend CFO

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