NETHERLANDS – Watson Wyatt has hired three new staff for its “rapidly expanding” investment consulting team in the Netherlands.

Stefan de Maar (40) and Jeroen Verheijden (26) were both formerly at ABN Amro.

De Maar – a former financial manager at the venture capital fund PeachTree Film Capital and senior portfolio manager at ABN Amro Asset Management – will work on a range of products including strategic asset allocation and performance management.

He will also form part of the manager research team, specializing in private equity and real estate.

The positions of Verheijden and Gert-Jaap Kraan (29) – formerly at the Mediterranean Shipping Company – are yet to be confirmed.

According to a Watson Wyatt spokesperson, the roles have been broadly outlined but some aspects are still being worked out. No further details could be given.

“The market has really taken off and these high calibre hires will further strengthen our position and complete our total service offering to our global portfolio,” said Amsterdam-based head of investment consulting Gerard Roelofs.

The recently opened Purmerend office is currently looking to hire additional support with immediate effect, said the Watson Wyatt spokesperson. However, the number has not yet been decided.

“These are exciting times for the Dutch investment market,” said Roelofs.

Last month the firm took over Mercer Management Consulting’s 22-strong Mercer Oliver Wyman actuarial consulting business in the Netherlands.