1 March 2021 - Tjerk van der Meer (46) has been appointed CEO of the international engineering firm Deerns Groep B.V. with effect from 1 March 2021. This makes him the successor of Jan Karel Mak, who will remain a member of the Executive Board of Directors.
An exciting challenge in dynamic markets
Van der Meer has been a member of the Executive Board of Deerns Group since June 2019 and previously held international leadership positions at Arcadis and Royal HaskoningDHV. He takes on his new challenge with confidence: “It is a great honour for me to lead one of the oldest engineering firms in the Netherlands with a strong international position. In these special times we see a lot of movement in our markets; Deerns’ knowledge, at the cutting edge of buildings and technology, gives us excellent perspectives.”
Peter de Neef, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Deerns Group, is delighted with the appointment of Van der Meer: “The Supervisory Board congratulates Tjerk van der Meer on his new role as CEO of Deerns Group. Since joining Deerns almost two years ago, Van der Meer has made a significant contribution to the further development of Deerns’ market orientation. He has excellent leadership qualities and more than twenty years of international experience in consultancy and engineering projects. We are convinced that in his new role he will further accelerate the sustainable growth of Deerns and its clients.”
Specialist knowledge ensures a strong market position
Deerns foresees further growth in market sectors such as data & high tech, life sciences and healthcare in the short term. Also, certainly in times of COVID-19, increasingly higher demands are being imposed on the quality, the safety and the contribution to the well-being of buildings, for which Deerns has all the knowledge in-house. This is relevant to office buildings, but Deerns’ specialist knowledge of real estate for educational and cultural institutions and airports also contributes to a solid and well-diversified position in the market.