ARCADIS Appoints New CEO and COO for Its North American Business

ARCADIS (EURONEXT: ARCAD), the world’s leading natural and built asset design and consultancy firm, recently announced it has appointed John Jastrem to the position of CEO of its North American activities effective Jan. 15. Per the same date, ARCADIS appointed Joachim Ebert to the position of COO for North America.

Both men will succeed Gary Coates, who will retire after having effectively combined these roles over the past 22 months, to manage the transition after the departure of Steve Blake as CEO in 2013.


John Jastrem

John Jastrem has been with ARCADIS since the acquisition of Callison in October 2014, where he served as chairman and CEO of Callison Architecture Holding LLC and Subsidiaries (CAH), since January 2011 and as executive chairman since August 2010. Jastrem has a long and successful history serving in chief executive roles.  He joined Viad Corp. (Viad, NYSE : VVI) in October 2006 as CEO of Exhibitgroup/Giltspur, a division of Viad, and subsequently merged two other divisions into one integrated company rebranded as Global Experience Specialist.  Previously, he was with Omnicom Group Inc (NYSE : OMC), where he started in 1998 as chairman and CEO of Rapp Collins Worldwide-Dallas – and then served as president of The Marketing Arm. He concluded his tenure as an executive of DAS Corporate, a division of Omnicom, overseeing 182 companies generating $6.5 billion in annual revenue.


Joachim Ebert

Joachim Ebert has been a partner with McKinsey & Company in Dallas since October 2011. Experienced in strategy, organization, and operations, he has a strong track record in leading large-scale transformations aimed at significantly improving top and bottom line performance.  He has worked on six continents and has served leading companies across a variety of capital intensive, B2B and consumer industries. Prior to McKinsey, Ebert was a partner at A.T. Kearney, where he held a variety of management positions, including leader of the Operations Practice for the Americas and leader of the Competence Team for Complexity Management and Innovation.

“We are happy that John Jastrem has already joined ARCADIS and is willing to step into the position of CEO for our North American activities. He has a track record of profitable growth at Callison and his experience as a chief executive officer and senior executive at large global public companies, and as an entrepreneur in private organizations as well as his strong background and expertise in the areas of marketing, sales, corporate finance, and strategic planning all contribute to him being the right leader of our North American business,” said ARCADIS CEO Neil McArthur.

“We want to thank Gary Coates for his significant contributions to ARCADIS over the 25-year lifespan of his career with us. Early in his career Gary laid the groundwork for our Multinational Client program, which helped propel ARCADIS into international markets. In his role as COO and later on CEO/COO of the North American activities he has seen years of high growth and industry-leading margin performance,” McArthur added.
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