Arend started his career in Philips’s research labs in Europe (1983). He ended up being responsible for 1 BLN $ revenue for Philips high technology products in North America. He then left Philips to become CEO for a wireless technology company Diablo Research in Silicon Valley (1998), which after a successful turnaround, was acquired by Cadence, a public listed company (1999).
He continued working in technology companies and as an investment banker with VFinance was the principal banker on several transactions. He also was involved in the assessment of several business plans for Draper Fisher Jurvetson, a major venture capital group. As a result, Arend was appointed CEO of the Cluster Competitiveness Group (2006), a Barcelona-based International Consulting Company focused on economic development. Following that, he became CEO of BHOLD (2010), a software company in The Netherlands, and after a turnaround, he oversaw the acquisition of that software by Microsoft. He then co-founded and became CEO of a next-generation Identity and Access Management software company IDdriven (2013) and listed it as a public company on the OTC market in the USA.
In 2019, Arend made a career switch to the world of senior care. He worked in various roles in assisted living and memory care facilities to thoroughly understand all different facets. He then became the Executive Director and Administrator for Gladding Ridge in Lincoln, CA. An assisted living and memory care community for about 50 residents. Next, he was asked to make a transfer to a larger facility, and currently is the Executive Director and Administrator for Oakwood Village in Auburn, CA, an assisted living and memory care community licensed for 124 beds. He is also responsible for Timberline Villa’s, a senior community for independent living with 25 single-family homes, located adjacent to Oakwood Village.
During his career, Arend has traveled extensively both in Europe and Asia. Arend is a very hands-on person and enjoys working on his RV and cars.
Arend has a master’s in Mechanical Engineering and Metallurgy from the Technical University in Twente, The Netherlands, and an MBA from the William E Simon School of business administration at the University of Rochester, in Rochester, NY.