Key People Moves – April

Key People Moves – April
30 April 2024 Patrick Morgan
In Journal

Consulting firms across the board are preparing for an expected increase in M&A activity towards the back end of this year with a number of firms hiring M&A Value Creation/Post-Deal Partners across Europe. At the same time firms are strengthening their restructuring capabilities, with large corporates still facing difficulties navigating the fast-evolving market.

Aside from the consistent flow of movers and promotions this month, consulting firms continue to find ways to expand their global presence, represented by acquisitions and the opening of offices in new regions.

People Moves

CIL has hired Jim (James) McDonnell from OC&C to be the lead Partner in their Munich office, where he’ll be responsible for driving their growth across the DACH region. Jim will also be a member of CIL’s Consumer practice, with him having a wealth of experience in the international agri-food space.

Gerald Duarte has joined Roland Berger’s Paris team as a Senior Partner after 9+ years at Accenture. Gerald will lead the Post-Deal Support practice, continuing to support corporates and private equity funds across Europe on M&A related topics, plus broader Strategy Operation work.

Oliver Wyman has hired Emma Bredin in the US to lead their Regulatory Compliance practice across the Americas. Emma will be a member of their Finance & Risk practice, based out of their New York office.

Eight Advisory are continuing their expansion in Germany with the hire of Dirk Spalthoff from the German boutique WTS Advisory. Dirk will focus on mainly serving Private Equity clients on M&A advisory services, such as due diligence, valuations, modelling, as well as PMI.

Antoine Grenier has decided to return to consulting as a Partner, joining Analysys Mason. Antoine joins after spending the last 7+ years at a telecommunications firm, where he was working within the strategy and corporate development function. He is now returning to consulting to serve clients in the Space sector, advising them on strategy, regulation and transactions.

Andreas Besel has joined Alvarez & Marsal as a Managing Director in their Corporate Transformation Service practice, based in Zurich. Prior to joining, Andreas was a Partner in KPMG’s Deal Advisory practice, serving clients on M&A Value Creation activities.

Arthur D. Little has strengthened their Energy, Utilities, and Process Industries capabilities in Dubai with the hire of Prateek Sachdeva. Prateek has been in the region for 10+ years and was previously an Associate Partner at Oliver Wyman.

Guido Hoepfner has joined Strategy&’s Düsseldorf office, where he will focus on serving the Retail & Consumer sector on Digital Transformation consulting services. He joins from McKinsey, where he was the Co-lead of their Technology group in EMEA.

Janet Tang has joined Alix Partners’ TMT team as a Partner & Managing Director in their Hong Kong office. Janet has a wealth of experience in both industry and consulting, having previously spent time at McKinsey, and will serve clients on a range of strategic transformation topics.

The Private Equity-backed advisory firm Interpath have launched their Tax practice in Ireland with the hire of Denis Herlihy. Denis was previously a Partner at BDO and has over 30 years experience in the Irish Tax Advisory market.

Nuno Nogueira da Silva and Tiago Silva have joined Alvarez & Marsal from EY to lead the firm’s efforts to serve the Portuguese Restructuring market.

Angela Barkhouse has joined Kroll’s Offshore Restructuring practice and will Co-lead the Cayman and British Virgin Islands. Angela was previously at Quantuma where she was Head of Caribbean, Cross Border Asset Recovery.

Interpath expands their service offering through the hire of Jayshree Shah, who will lead their new Healthcare and Life Science capability. Jayshree is a Value Creation specialist and has over 20 years of experience serving Corporates and PE funds. She joins after 4 years at FTI Consulting.

EY-Parthenon in Germany has hired Maximilian Dressler from Roland Berger, strengthening the firm’s Restructuring capabilities, specifically relating to Insolvency matters.

Manuel Sammut has joined Alvarez & Marsal’s Corporate Finance practice in London, where he is Head of EMEA Business & Tech-Enabled Services M&A. He joins with prior experience at top M&A advisory firms such as DC Advisory, KPMG and William Blair.

Alvarez & Marsal’s Paris office has added another Managing Director, Emmanuel Cresseveur, who will serve the Financial Services sector on M&A topics. Emmanuel will serve the France and the Benelux regions.

Roland Berger have expanded their Middle East presence with the hire of Oussama Nicolas and Elsy Dumit to their Healthcare practice. Ousssama joins as a Partner and was previously at PwC, whilst Elsy joins as a Principal from Monitor Deloitte.

People Promotions

PwC’s partners have elected Marco Amitrano to succeed Kevin Ellis as Senior Partner of PwC UK and Middle East Alliance. The result comes after triumphing in a partner vote against audit boss Hemione Hudson and tax leader Laura Hinton.

UAE-based partner Nadim Haddad has been promoted to global leader of Oliver Wyman’s Oil & Gas practice. The promotion comes as he enters his fifth year at the firm.

Horváth has appointed 5 new partners across 4 countries. Matthias Emler and Tobias Steinhauser have made Partner in Germany, whilst Maria Boldor (Romania) and Vera Koltai (Hungary) have been elevated to the partnership in Central Eastern Europe, with Saad Hamam also moving upwards in the Middle East division.

Chase Jordan has been announced as EY’s new Global Private Equity ESG Leader. With a strong track record of advising PE firms on creating and protecting value through ESG management, Chase collaborates across fund lifecycles and embeds sustainability into both fund-level strategy and portfolio company operations.

Arthur D. Little has promoted Gabriel Mohr to Partner in Vienna. Gabriel is part of ADL’s Telecom, Information Technology, Media, & Electronics (TIME) Practice, focusing on digital infrastructure, technology innovation and media, with deep expertise in the business transformation, value creation, and transaction space.

Bain & Company has promoted Alexander Schmitz to lead its private equity practice in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), having previously led the private equity practice in the German-speaking region.

Altman Solon has appointed four global co-managing partners across its business. Rory Altman retains his role as managing partner, whilst Matthias Hamel, Dan Lerner, and Justin Jameson are new to the role. With the expansion of its managing partner team from two to four, the business aims to accelerate its growth ambitions and provide better top-level coverage of its regional divisions.

People and Organisation consulting firm Kienbaum have expanded their Partner team with the promotion of Dr. Anna-Maria Karl, Dr. Frederik Gottschalck, Iris Tippkämper, and Dr. Stefanie Plassmeier.

Arthur D. Little has promoted Clement Santander to Partner in Paris. Since joining Arthur D. Little in 2021, Clement has cemented himself as a key member of the Performance practice, specialising in enhancing operational excellence, optimising supply chains, and leading transformative projects.

Market Intelligence

Roland Berger have successfully acquired Amane Advisors, a strategic consultancy specializing in water distribution, resource and energy recovery. The purchase will give Roland Berger access to a consulting market worth approximately $1 billion.

Accenture has agreed to acquire Udacity, an EdTech leader with deep expertise in the development and delivery of proprietary technology courses that blend the flexibility of online learning with the benefits of human instruction. The acquisition bolsters capabilities within Accenture LearnVantage which provides Accenture’s clients with comprehensive technology learning and training services.

In an effort to scale up their artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) offering for clients across EMEA, Bain & Company have acquired PiperLab, a European provider of AI and ML solutions. The deal establishes an additional Advanced Analytics and AI hub under Bain’s global Advanced Analytics Group (AAG).

EFESO Management Consultants has bolstered its supply chain capabilities in Europe and Asia with the addition of the consulting team of Aioneers. The deal sees EFESO bolt-on the consulting arm of Aioneers, with the crossing arm rebranded as AIONEERS-EFESO, and operating out of Germany and India.

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