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Elias van Herwaarden



Together with his international/multi-country team, Elias helps clients in three critical areas: Translating translate business drivers into realistic operating models; Balancing operational excellence and cost efficiencies; Designing and implementing footprint strategies, globally.

Elias’ areas of expertise include business case development, corporate restructuring, due diligence, footprint and portfolio optimization, incentives negotiation, international expansion, real estate negotiation, shared services and global business services, service delivery model development, sourcing strategies, and supply chain and network optimization. His clients include: Deutsche Post DHL, Maersk, Office Depot, Philips, Tenneco, Toyota, and Vestas.

He has conducted field investigations in 48 countries and over 250 cities around the globe: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Mozambique, Netherlands, Norway, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, and USA.

Energy IT Automotive
Medical and Life Sciences Chemicals and Plastics Financial
Advanced Manufacturing Food and Beverage
AVON Bombardier Carlsberg
HP Lexmark Lufthansa
Mattel Sumitomo

Early 2020 Elias established Locationperspectives, a specialty location strategy consultancy that emphasized delivering practical recommendations and working with clients to implement these. From 2003 through 2019, Elias built-out Deloitte’s Brussels-based site selection practice to Global Location Strategies. He joined Deloitte from Andersen where he led the European Business Location Services team. As Chicago-based Vice-Consul for the Netherlands from 1998 to 2000, he was responsible for the US Midwest operations of the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency. Through the 1990s he worked with Price Waterhouse – Plant Location International.

Elias is an engineer with a M.Sc. in Industrial Management from Twente University of Technology, the Netherlands. He was born in the Netherlands and has been a resident of 8 countries (American and European). Fluent in English, Dutch, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish.