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Arcadis Appoints Jim Ford as Global Head of Client Development

Posted on March 20, 2024

Arcadis (ARCAD.AS), the leading global Design & Consultancy firm for natural and built assets, today announced the appointment of Jim Ford as the company`s new Global Head of Client Development and Multinational Clients. Mr. Ford joins Arcadis from TestAmerica, where he was Executive Vice President for Commercial Operations. Mr. Ford succeeds David Sparrow, Global Director of Arcadis` Multinational Clients Program, who has decided to retire following 38 years with the company.

“Client Focus is critical to absolutely everything we do at Arcadis – it is one of our four core company values,” said Stephanie Hottenhuis, member of Arcadis` Executive Board with responsibility for Client Programs. “David Sparrow did an excellent job at building our Multinational Clients Program into a best-in-class approach, ensuring that our clients see, feel, and benefit from our passion to create value for them and achieve high-performance results. We are extremely pleased to have been able to recruit Jim Ford to lead Client Development and build on the foundations in place. Jim`s track record shows that he not only generates great results, but does so by putting the client`s needs and the best outcomes for them first – that`s what Client Focus means at Arcadis.”

“I am thrilled to be joining Arcadis and look forward to continuing to deliver profitable growth around the needs of our clients,” commented Jim Ford. “When I look at the work Arcadis does around the world, the talent and commitment of our people is clear and inspiring. I look forward to contributing my experience and passion for creating thriving client partnerships to Arcadis and to help build upon the company`s success by helping to bring all the best of Arcadis to our clients across the globe.”

Mr. Ford was the leader for Commercial Operations at TestAmerica from October 2013. He led the turnaround and transformation of the commercial organization to growth through a client-and market sector-focused approach, resulting in the sale of the organization to a strategic global partner. Prior to TestAmerica, Mr. Ford spent 21 years with Nalco Water, an Ecolab Company, in different international leadership roles in Europe and the U.S., applying an award-winning key account management methodology to drive global growth in the water management and sustainability business lines amongst others. Mr. Ford serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Strategic Account Management Association (SAMA), which focuses on helping organizations establish strategic, key and global account management as a corporate strategy for growth.

Mr. Ford earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy, located in West Point, New York, graduating with Distinction. He has also completed the Leadership for Senior Executives program at Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts.

Mr. Ford will join Arcadis as of 15 September 2016, and will be appointed to the company`s Senior Management Committee. His global role will be based out of Chicago.

For further information please contact:

Arcadis Investor Relations
Jurgen Pullens
Telephone: +31 20 2011083
Mobile: +31 6 51599483

Arcadis Group Communications
Jeremy Cohen
Mobile: +31 6 21639411

About Arcadis
Arcadis is the leading global Design & Consultancy firm for natural and built assets. Applying our deep market sector insights and collective design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services we work in partnership with our clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes throughout the lifecycle of their natural and built assets. We are 27,000 people active in over 70 countries that generate €3.4 billion in revenues. We support UN-Habitat with knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world.


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