Mercer has appointed David Sanderse as the successor to its chief executive Martin Meerkerk, who is to retire.

Sanderse will focus on the further expansion of Mercer’s position in the Dutch market, the consultancy said.

Prior to joining Mercer, Sanderse was chief financial officer and managing director at Abellio Group, an international subsidiary of the Dutch railway company NS, on an interim basis in 2015 and 2016.

Sanderse is also a non-executive director and member of the supervisory board of Staalbankiers, the private bank subsidiary of insurance company Achmea.

Sanderse also led the international division at Achmea during a 13-year spell at the firm, and held roles in corporate business development and group planning.

During his career of more than 25 years, Sanderse gained extensive business experience in of general, financial and insurance management, as well as in mergers and acquisitions consulting, according to Mercer.

Sanderse studied econometrics at Erasmus University in Rotterdam and also holds an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau.

Meerkerk joined Mercer in 2008 as a senior partner and business leader for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He also led the consultancy firm’s operations in Italy until 2012 when he transferred to Amsterdam.