Key People Moves – December/January

Key People Moves – December/January
11 January 2024 Patrick Morgan
In Journal

Coming into the New Year, this month’s Key People Moves sees a large number of promotions throughout the Consulting market as firms look to reward high performers and retain key talent.

Coupled with this, a number of disruptive moves were seen across the space, with firms focusing on hiring senior operations and value creation professionals as they look to capitalise on the increased client demand across several industries. Elsewhere, Alvarez & Marsal continue their hiring spree as they look to further build their leadership team across the globe, bringing in a number of experienced individuals from competing firms.


People Moves

Former McKinsey Partner Naomi Smit, who for the past three years had been leading QuantumBlack in the Netherlands, has joined NXP Semiconductors as Vice President & General Manager for Battery Management Systems, taking on responsibility for the continued innovation and growth of the platform.

Deloitte has bolstered its Private Equity offering with the hires of Matthew Robb and Stephane Balestone as Partners in the UK. The pair depart from EY-Parthenon and will focus on building the strategic and commercial due diligence components of the Private Equity practice.

Professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal has announced the appointment of Philippe Dume and Daniel Partsch as Managing Directors in their global Operations & Supply Chain team. They both join from strategy consulting firm Oliver Wyman.

Accounting and advisory firm BDO has made significant investments into its audit business, hiring David Yewdall and Ciaran McLaughlin to strengthen its tax expertise, with 40 years of experience between them.

Guidehouse, a leading public sector consultancy, has hired David Walters to lead their UK Defence and Security team, bringing more than three decades of experience to the role.

Andy Murray and Prasam Patel have both joined Alvarez & Marsal as new Managing Directors in their London-based Tax practice. Andy brings over 25 years’ experience in international tax, tax policy and investment banking, whilst Prasam has over 17 years of experience in real estate and infrastructure tax.

EY has broadened its UK Pensions Investment consulting team with the appointment of Kevin Humpherson as Partner. He joins EY from Deloitte, where he was part of the Investment Services team.

Transformation specialist Fabian Engels, a former Partner at Roland Berger, has joined global consulting firm AlixPartners in Düsseldorf as they look to expand their performance improvement services.

In line with their global hiring efforts, Alvarez & Marsal has strengthened its senior team in Germany with Andreas Schwabe and Richard Hell, joining as Managing Directors in the Munich office. Andreas will support the growth of their Digital offering, whilst Richard joins the Supply Chain, Operation & Procurement practice group.

Grant Thornton UK has furthered its forensics offering with the hire of Justin Cooper as Partner, where he will lead the firm’s forensics data analytics team.

Former BCG Partner Francois Chirumberro has joined Executive Search and Leadership firm Spencer Stuart in Paris, focusing on the Consumer Goods and Financial Services sectors.

Thomas Rose has joined Alvarez & Marsal Digital as a Managing Director & Partner in Germany. He brings with him over 25 years of experience in consulting, business intelligence, and cloud solutions, and was previously Managing Director and Head of Financial Services for Google Cloud Consulting EMEA.

Jens Nackmayr has joined EY as a Partner, focused on Private Equity Supply Chain & Operations. Prior to joining EY in London, Jens has previously worked for Roland Berger, and more recently, Accenture.

After eight years at EY-Parthenon in Austria, Roman Wörner has moved to global Transportation firm Walter Group as Head of Strategy & Corporate Development.

Alvarez & Marsal announced the appointment of Ashish Bansal as a Managing Director and Co-Leader of its India Global Transaction Advisory Group (TAG) practice, alongside Mumbai-based Managing Director, Bhavik Hathi.


People Promotions

Bain & Company has elected Christophe De Vusser to be their next global CEO. De Vusser, who is based in Belgium, currently leads the Private Equity Group in Europe for Bain, and will become the firm’s first European-based Chief Executive.

Simon-Kucher has named Othmar Schwarz as their new Managing Partner and leader of the 30-person Vienna office. He takes over from Thomas Haller, who led the Vienna office for the past 17 years.

Bijan Kohler-Zolfaghari has been promoted to Partner in McKinsey’s London office. Having spent just over 7 years at the firm, he continues his work at the intersection of Energy and Private Equity.

Kearney has elected Alexander Wirtz as Partner to their Strategic Operations Practice, where he specialises in digital procurement topics. He has now spent over 17 years in the firm’s German business.

BCG has promoted Maciej Gerhardt to Partner in their Dubai office. Since joining BCG in 2011, Maciej’s work has focused on stakeholder engagement and client enablement in the areas of growth, large-scale transformations and margin improvement.

Mazars in Morocco has strengthened its partnership, promoting Ghizlane Elhathat, Omar Bennouna and Salah Eddine Bennani, who have all been working at Mazars for several years and have risen through the ranks.

Life Sciences specialist consulting firm ZS has appointed Gordon Bache to the new position of Practice Area Lead for Europe Value and Access, leading the practice from London.

Eugen Hildebrandt has been promoted to Partner at McKinsey Germany. The former Global Lead for Strategy and Product, Cloud & AI at Google will continue his work in the Automotive and EV charging space.

BCG X has appointed Nabil Mikou to Managing Director & Partner in Morocco, where he will continue to partner with clients to build, operate, and scale new businesses, products and services to address the world’s most important challenges.

Eight Advisory has appointed four new Partners in its French team across Paris and Marseille. Guillaume Delorme in Restructuring, Luc de Saint Sauveur in Strategy and Operations, François Beugin in Actuarial Services, and Axel Raubert in Transaction Services.

Strategy consulting firm Roland Berger has announced a shake up of its UK senior team, promoting Michael Knott to Managing Partner, bringing 30 years of consulting experience to the role. He takes over from former Kearney and EY-Parthenon Partner Philip Dunne.

Global strategy consultancy L.E.K. Consulting has elected 11 new global Partners across Life Sciences, Industrials, Private Equity, MedTech, Consumer, Education and Healthcare, acknowledging the significant experience and insights that these leaders provide to clients.

INVERTO, a BCG company, has announced that Stefan Oprée and David Ring have been appointed as Managing Directors in Cologne. Stefan Oprée is a leading member of the Healthcare Practice Area and heads the Pharmaceuticals sector at INVERTO, whilst David Ring supports clients in the Energy and Healthcare sectors.


Market Intelligence

PwC has announced a newly-formed strategic alliance with artificial intelligence (AI) startup Harvey, providing PwC’s Tax & Legal Services professionals worldwide access to the AI platform to support many of PwC’s global clients.

Accenture has agreed to acquire Vocatus, a management consultancy which utilises behavioural economics modelling to develop pricing strategies and sales concepts.

SeaTec, a leading provider of engineering, digital and consulting solutions, has been acquired by Oliver Wyman. The acquisition combines Oliver Wyman’s CAVOK business with SeaTec to further establish Oliver Wyman’s standing in aviation, aerospace, and defense consulting.

Restructuring and consulting firm Interpath Advisory has suffered its second consecutive annual loss. CEO Blair Nimmo told the Financial Times that while the number of companies in financial distress was on the rise, the restructuring market has “not turned out to be quite as hot as people thought it would be”.

EY has acquired Dubai-headquartered The Collective, one of the Middle East’s largest digital agencies specialised in digital and creative strategy, marketing, and media services. The move further supports EY’s suite of design, technology, and marketing capabilities.

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