People Moves EMEA: Deloitte, Oliver Wyman, Bain, Citi
It’s been a big week for executive consulting hires with Bain & Company expanding its European healthcare team with three partner hires, Deloitte strengthening its UK team with three leadership appointments and Oliver Wyman naming its partner for its sport and media businesses.
We round up the biggest executive moves across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Patrick Biecheler joins Bain as a Partner in Paris
Consulting and industry veteran Patrick Biecheler has been appointed as a Partner for biopharmaceuticals and private equity in Paris at a crucial time when the healthcare industry “is in the midst of unprecedented change”, says Loic Plantevin, Head of Bain & Company’s EMEA Healthcare practice. With more than two decades of experience across both consulting and industry roles, most recently serving as a partner in healthcare at Monitor Deloitte and previous roles at AstraZeneca and Sanofi, Biecheler is well-respected in the French healthcare sector in particular for his pharmaceuticals and provier expertise, serving healthcare organisations and private equity funds.
Segun Ogunsanya named Airtel Africa’s new CEO
Effective October 1, Segun Ogunsanya is set to take the reins of telcom operator Airtel Africa as CEO and board member. Joining Airtel Africa as CEO for Nigeria in 2012, where for the past nine years he has been responsible for the telco’s largest market, Ogunsanya “displayed significant drive and energy in turning around the Nigeria business by focusing on network modernisation, distribution and operational efficiency”, says Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman. Ogunsanya brings 25 years of business management experience in telecoms, banking and consumer goods to the role with prior roles including as CEO for Coca-Cola Hellenic, Nigeria.
Jackie Henry becomes Managing Partner for People and Purpose at Deloitte
Having begun her career with Deloitte three decades ago in Belfast, Jackie Henry is now set to lead Deloitte’s UK people strategy and purpose agenda, focusing on inclusion and wellbeing. Her commitment to diversity, inclusion and social mobility has been a focus throughout her 31-year career at Deloitte, where she most recently served as lead partner in Northern Ireland for seven years, and especially her efforts in building skills and providing access to education for people across Northern Ireland. Henry’s expertise and experience will “further reinforce our inclusive culture and our purpose of making a positive impact on clients, our people and wide society”, says Richard Houston, senior partner and chief executive of Deloitte UK.
Tony Simpson Joins Oliver Wyman as Partner
Bringing extensive expertise working with sport and media businesses, Tony Simpson joins Oliver Wyman as a partner in the consulting firm’s Communications, Media and Technology, and Organisational Effectiveness practices. Having held a number of cross-sector leadership roles across both Europe and the Middle advising corporates and governments on structure, executive alignment and corporate partnerships, Simpson has been part of the exec team at Al Jazeera and launch team at Sky News Arabia. In this new role, located in the UK, Simpson is tasked with growing the firm’s work with sports and media companies and helping organisations embed inclusion and diversity into the business and “will be invaluable in making our business stronger, more inclusive, and better able to help our clients thrive”, says John Turner, Partner and Global Head of Media, Oliver Wyman.
Tasnim Ghiawadwala to head Citigroup commercial bank
Former Barclays head Tasnim Ghiawadwala is set to return to Citi after being appointed head of its commercial bank. Having spent 20 years at Citi in numerous roles including heading its commercial bank in EMEA for eight years, Ghiawadwala spent the next three years at UK bank Barclays where he was head of UK corporate banking. A seasoned banking professional, Tasnim brings a deep experience in commercial, corporate, consumer and investment banking and a strong track record in driving business growth and transformation. With Citi expanding its commercial bank in Europe, Ghiawadwala will be tasked with refreshing the strategy and accelerating market growth including expanding digital platfomrs in line with the banking giant’s global transformation efforts.
People Moves EMEA: Kearney, KPMG, Oliver Wyman, Skoda
It’s been a busy week for executive transitions across EMEA and especially in the world of consulting, with partner/CEO announcements at Oliver Wyman, KPMG and Kearney, and in the role of head of sustainability, with new CSO appointments at Laing O’Rourke and Syngenta Group.
We round up the biggest executive moves across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Nick Studer announced as CEO of consulting giant Oliver Wyman
Set to take the top job at consulting giant Oliver Wyman next month, Nick Studer has been named CEO and Dual President of the firm’s economic and brand consulting subsidiaries NERA and Lippincott and will be based in London. Having been with Oliver Wyman for more than two decades, becoming partner in 2003, Studer has since served in a variety of international leadership roles, including head of Global Corporate and Institutional banking Practice, before becoming managing partner at the start of 2021.
According to Dan Glaser, CEO of Oliver Wyman parent Marsh McLennan, Studer has not just led many of the firm’s practices, but he “has been a leading voice for change and a major driver of our Inclusion and Diversity agenda”.
Delphine Bourrilly to lead Kearney in France
Seasoned consultant Delphine Bourrilly has been appointed leader of consulting firm Kearney for France, one of the firm’s larger locations in Europe, becoming fifth head of the Paris office. Having been with Kearney for more than a decade, most recently leading the Leadership, Change and Organisation practice across Europe, Bourrilly has an array of client successes under her consulting belt, including overseeing an operating model transformation at a large retailer. Prior to this, she spent five years at UBS. According to Geir Olsen, Head of Europe at Kearney, Bourrilly’s “talent, energy and charisma will be critical in leading Kearney through its next growth phase in France”.
Roland Villinger becomes head of corporate and product strategy, Skoda Auto
A consulting veteran, Roland Villinger has been appointed head of Skoda Auto’s corporate and product strategy, a newly created area for the Czech car manufacturer that combines two departments. Described by Skoda’s CEO Thomas Schafer as “an international experienced leader and proven digital expert”, Villinger most recently oversaw the implementation of Volkswagen Group strategy and was also previously chief strategy officer and chief digital officer at Audi AG. Prior to this, he spent 25 years at consultancy McKinsey including serving as a senior partner and running McKinsey’s operations in the APAC region.
Hanan Alowain promoted to Partner, public sector, KPMG
Becoming the second Saudi female partner in the history of KPMG, Hanan Alowain has been promoted to Partner in the firm’s Public Sector function. With 14 years of experience in human capital and social development in the Kingdom, including the last three and a half years at KPMG, Alowain is a Harvard Business School graduate with extensive experience both in the public sector, as director of research and development for the Saudi government’s Ministry of Labour, and the private sector, including as a partner at investment & development group Eradah.
Vicky Bullivant named Laing O’Rourke’s first-ever group head of sustainability
Seasoned ESG leader Vicky Bullivant is joining Laing O’Rourke as its first-ever group head of sustainability from Drax Group where she was head of sustainable business and responsible for developing the firm’s climate ambition, social strategy and community and charity policies. Having led the world’s first company ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, and the UK’s first energy company to commit to improving skills and education for one million people by 2025, Bullivant boasts 25 years of ESG business experience in highly regulated sectors, FTSE 100 companies, government and NGOs.
Bullivant spent eight years at Experian, where she was head of corporate affairs and community, nearly four years as head of corporate responsibility at Eon, five years as group head of sustainability at Rolls-Royce, where she turned around the firm’s performance in the Dow Jones Sustainability index, as well as sustainability heads at Tate & Lyle and Drax Group.
Daniel Vennard joins Syngenta Group as new CSO
Former global director at the World Resources Institute Daniel Vennard has been appointed chief sustainability officer for Syngenta Group. Based in Basel, Switzerland, Vennard will be responsible for developing and implementing the Group’s sustainability into its business strategy. Bringing extensive experience in the development of sustainability strategies and in launching global sustainability programmes that deliver growth and impact, Vennard most recently served as global director at the World Resources Institute, Vennard founded the Better Buying Lab bringing together scientists to develop, test and scale innovations that help consumers opt for sustainable plant-based food.
Prior to this he spent 15 years at Mars and Procter & Gamble in sustainability, corporate strategy and marketing and brings “creativity and remarkable expertise in sustainability” that will “help us further advance regenerative farming practices and help mitigate the harmful effects of global warming”, says Erik Fyrwald, CEO, Syngenta Group.