Sarah Kuijlaars

Sarah Kuijlaars

Chief Financial Officer

Arcadis, Netherlands

Ms. Kuijlaars is a British national. She holds a master’s degree in mathematics from Oxford University and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA). In 1989, she joined Royal Dutch Shell in London as Regional Treasury and Banking Management Assistant, followed by financial planning, advisory and treasury roles at Shell Trading and Shipping Co and in, inter alia, Brazil, Argentina and the Netherlands. She subsequently took on larger financial leadership roles, including Finance Manager Shell Exploration and Production International in the United Arab Emirates, Finance Director Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production, and Vice President Finance Upstream CIS in Russia. In 2015, Ms. Kuijlaars was appointed Senior Vice President Finance Downstream Global Controller in the United Kingdom. She moved to Rolls-Royce Holdings in 2015, where she became Chief Financial Officer of Rolls-Royce’s Civil Aerospace Business in 2017.


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