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Arcadis creates global structure for sustainable solutions

Arcadis creates global structure for sustainable solutions

 February 21, 2022

Arcadis has created a new operating structure to better serve the needs of the market and its growing client base. The changes are in line with its 2021 - 2023 business strategy to provide focus, global scale and strengthen the sustainable and digital offering to clients.

Arcadis has now transitioned from a country-led operating model, to collaborate across borders in new global business areas.The move marks a significant milestone in embedding the Arcadis three-year business strategy to maximize profitable and sustainable growth.

Arcadis is the leading global Design and Consultancy organization for natural and built assets. The changes see the creation of three new business areas: Resilience, Places and Mobility. Each business area consists of globally diverse organizations working together to bring focus and the very best of Arcadis’ collective expertise from around the world to drive efficiency as well as helping to serve the changing needs of clients, regardless of where they are located.

The new structure is led by an experienced and globally diverse team: Heather Polinsky for Resilience, Mark Cowlard for Places and Greg Steele for Mobility.

Sustainable company

Heather Polinsky, previously the Chief Operating Officer for Arcadis in North America, who now leads the Resilience business area. With climate change, biodiversity loss and water scarcity presenting some of the greatest challenges to humanity, Heather and her team from across the world will be on hand to provide holistic and actionable sustainable solutions for clients. Building on the rich heritage and expertise of Arcadis in energy transition, climate adaption, environmental remediation and PFAS removal schemes, and clean water management, Arcadis will work in collaboration with public, private and regulated clients to create a more resilient future.

“Megatrends like urbanization, climate change, greater digitalization and growing societal expectations are continuing to shape the needs of our clients and the communities we serve. It is crucial Arcadis adapts to meet these changing trends and needs. Since the launch of our strategy in late 2020, we have made great strides to embed these needs within the business and today marks another significant milestone in our journey to maximize impact for our clients," says Peter Oosterveer, Global Chief Executive of Arcadis.

Global innovations

Mark Cowlard, former Arcadis UK CEO, leads the Places business area, focused on creating smart and sustainable places for owners, investors, users and communities across the real estate sector. The construction and operation of buildings generates up to 40 per cent of annual global greenhouse gas emissions and one of the priorities at Arcadis is to help clients reduce carbon over the full lifecycle of an asset. The business area will bring together global expertise and work closely with the company's design and architecture practice, CallisonRTKL, to develop innovative, future-facing solutions for the places in which people live, work, play, learn, and the transport hubs critical to keep the world moving.

“As I witnessed at first hand at COP26 last year, the world of tomorrow can be so much better than today. Mitigating and reducing the impact of climate change to enable healthier lives, thriving nature, effortless transport and more enjoyable places. With policymakers rightly focused on ‘building back better’ and a green recovery, we have the ambition, deep industry knowledge and now a focused global operating structure in place to make this a reality and help create a more resilient and sustainable future,” adds the CEO.

Greener and cleaner solutions

The Mobility business area - covering rail, highways, aviation, port infrastructure and new mobility solutions - will be led by Greg Steele, previously the Executive Leadership Team member for Arcadis in the Asia and Pacific region. With better transport links crucial to creating thriving and connected cities and communities, the global Mobility business will work closely with transport owners, operators and contractors to deliver design, asset and program management and new mobility solutions across the world. There will be a focus on creating greener and cleaner solutions, drawing on Arcadis experience in rail, electric vehicle adoption and active travel projects.

The new Global Presidents for the three business areas will report directly to Chief Operating Officer at Arcadis, Alan Brookes, who is a member of the Global Executive Leadership Team.

“With an energetic and refreshed leadership managing the business areas, the move to the Global structure marks an exciting new chapter at Arcadis. Our laser focus on clients won’t change but the new structure will enhance collaboration of our teams across the world, enabling our clients to benefit from our collective expertise and a joined-up approach," comments Alan Brookes, Global Chief Operating Officer at Arcadis.

“Importantly, the new structure will allow us to scale sustainable and digital solutions where we can have the most impact with clients. Working alongside our digital products and services business, Arcadis Gen and CallisonRTKL, the structure allows us to bring forward the best Arcadis has to offer globally to clients anywhere in the world, while maximizing profitable and sustainable growth. It is the start of a new, evolved Arcadis,” says Alan.


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