Mar 3, 2021

People moves EMEA: BP, Generali, Chubb, Stripe, M&C Saatchi

Kate Birch
4 min
From energy and payments to advertising and insurance, Business Chief’s weekly round-up of EMEA exec moves sees new appointments for Chubb, BP and Stripe
From energy and payments to advertising and insurance, Business Chief’s weekly round-up of EMEA exec moves sees new appointments for Chubb, BP and Str...

Another week, another handful of executive moves into and across the EMEA region. 

In a week where senior investment manager Jeremy Ward departed Coutts bank after eight years to return to New Zealand, and three top execs including the CCO, CTO and executive director HR leave Tata Steel Europe, there were plenty of movements to and within the EMEA, including at BP, Generali, Stripe, M&C Saatchi and Chubb. 

Here’s Business Chief’s weekly round-up of the big executive moves in EMEA.

Louise Kingham OBE becomes BP’s Senior VP for Europe

Following more than 20 years at the Energy Institute as CEO, Louse Kingham is set to join BP as UK Head of Country and Senior Vice President for Europe in May replacing Peter Mather who is leaving at the end of the year. Joining BP at a pivotal time in the energy industry, Kingham boasts a wealth of knowledge and experience across a broad range of issues within the energy sector, and brings to the BP table experience in “public policy, issues management and stakeholder engagement, not to mention her extraordinary network”, states William Lin, Executive President Regions, Cities & Solutions. 

Peter Barron joins Stripe as head of communications

Google’s former head of communications and public affairs for EMEA, Peter Barron, has joined online payments firm Stripe as head of communications. Prior to Google, where he was for more than a decade including as VP of Comms and PR for the tech giant’s EMEA divisions, Barron was editor of BBC Newsnight. Confirming the appointment on his LinkedIn page, Barron revealed: “Stripe is working to make it easier for businesses around the world to success online. At this point in history, no goal is as valuable as helping the world build the economic infrastructure need for sustainable recovery.”

Francesco Martorana joins Assicurazioni Generali as CIO

Having been CEO of GIAM since 2019, Francesco Martorana has been appointed as Group Chief Investment Officer for Italian insurer Generali’s insurance business Assicurazioni Generali. Martorana previously worked at Generali, from 2013-2019, heading up asset liability management and also investments, and in this new role will be responsible for steering, coordinating and monitoring all investment activities for Generali’s insurance portfolios. 

Richard Shanks appointed Claims Director for Chubb UK

With three decades of insurance industry experience under his belt, most recently as Claims Operations Transformation Manager for the UK and Ireland at Chubb, Richard Shanks has been promoted within the insurer taking the role of Claims Director for Uk and Ireland. According to John Latter, Senior VP, Claims Director, Europe, Eurasia & Africa, Chubb, will bring a “strong track record of leading teams to deliver excellent claims service” as well as “leadership and energy” to help “drive change as we evolve our award-winning claims proposition”. 

Isme Oosthuizen to join BCG Platinion in South Africa

With nearly two decades of experience in technology consulting at a range of leading professional services firms including EY and Deloitte, Isme Oosthuizen has been appointed as Associate Director at BCG Platinion, the IT architecture and solutions unit of Boston Consulting Group, in its South Africa office. 

With the company expanding its expertise worldwide, including in Africa, Oosthuizen will be in the Johannesburg office to provide an additional level of support to clients in the region in their quest to define their digital journeys. Oosthuizen brings a track record of successfully delivering multiple complex projects and a background in data architecture and data analytics in the context of large-scale digital transformations. 

Mark Dickinson-Keen joins M&C Saatchi as Chief People Officer

Having previously served as Chief People Officer for TalkTalk and Mind Gym, Mark Dickinson-Keen is taking up the same role but at M&C Saatchi Group, marking a CPO first for the advertising company. Bringing a wealth of experience leading the people agenda for businesses through times of organisational transformation, Dickinson-Keen will be responsible for developing the company’s people strategy and the capabilities, culture and overall employee experience for the next phase o fthe business. 

Tom Caddick joins Nedgroup Investments as head

Following nearly a decade at Santander Asset management where he most recently served as Chief Investment Officer, Tom Caddick is set to join Nedgroup Investments as Head of Investments, London, for the Multi-Management division. Caddick’s more than 20 years of investment experience makes Tom “the perfet candidate to continue our strong growth trajectory in both international and European markets”, states Andrew Lodge, European and UK Managing Director at Negroup Investments. 

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Jun 10, 2021

People Moves EMEA: Kearney, KPMG, Oliver Wyman, Skoda

Kate Birch
4 min
Consulting and sustainability take centrestage this week with executive movements at Kearney, KPMG, Oliver Wyman, Skoda, Syngenta and Laing O’Rourke

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.


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