Apr 2, 2021

People Moves EMEA: EY, Deutsche Bank, IKEA, Everest Re

Kate Birch
4 min
From banking and insurance to travel and tech, we round up the biggest executive transitions and promotions across EMEA over the last week
From banking and insurance to travel and tech, we round up the biggest executive transitions and promotions across EMEA over the last week...

In a week where AXA announces an array of senior leadership changes to implement the new phase of its strategic journey, and Deutsche Bank revamped its management in line with the next phase of its radical transformation, we round up the latest executive moves across the EMEA region. 

Helen Bentley joins EY as Partner in London

Formerly a member of EY’s consulting business in Japan, Helen Bentley has been appointed as an EY Partner for UK and Ireland. Specialising in business transformation, service design and experience design, at EY Japan, Bentley focused on digital strategy, innovation and customer experience, and in 2019 was awarded the British Business Innovation Award. In this new role, based in London, Bentley will grow its private equity practice and build its government and energy sector experience, but will continue to work with Asian and multinational clients, having also joined the leadership team of EY Seren to help oversee the firm’s experience design capabilities. 

Daniel Pike to join tech startup Covatic as Chief Product Officer

BBC veteran Daniel Pike has been appointed as Chief Product Officer of Covatic, a London-based startup tech firm that aims to improve in-app consumer engagement. With two decades of experience in the media industry, most recently as former head of strategy at the BBC where he led a £1.4bn commercial activity shift which saw the launch of subscription video on demand, Pike brings a “unique blend of skills and knowledge” that makes him a “key leader for us as we ready ourselves for this critical next stage in our journey”, says Nick Pinks, CEO, Covatic.

Linus Karlsson joins Ikea as Chief Creative Officer

One of the advertising industry’s most respected creative executives, Linus Karlsson has been appointed to the newly created role of Chief Creative Officer for IKEA, where he will be responsible for setting the creative direction for Ikea for both product development and marketing and communications, creating a bridge across two groups typical separated within a company. Karlsson has worked with Ikea previously as a consultant across several creative projects since early 2012 and in this new role, will be an “accelerator, bouncing board and source of inspiration and experience,” says Fredrika Inger, Range & Product Development Manager at Ikea, Sweden AB. Karlsson’s experience includes eight years at Mother, six years at McCann as creative chairman, and four years at Fallon Minneapolis, as well as more recently serving as global CCO of Cripin Porter + Bogusky, the consultant and guest lecturer at Stockholm University. 

Mario Zanetti named President and CCO of Costa Cruises

Costa Cruises veteran Mario Zanetti who currently serves as CCO of Costa Cruises Europe has been promoted to the line’s new President. In this role, Zanetti will guide Costa to “strengthen its leadership and in Europe, South America, and Asia and ensure profitable and sustainable growth in the long term”, says Michael Thamm, Group CEO, Costa Group and Carnival Asia. Zanetti has a long history with Costa Cruises starting in 1999, where he worked in revenue management, before becoming President of Costa Asia in 2017 and then COO of Europe in 2020. 

Fabrizio Campelli named to lead Deutsche Bank

With decades of banking experience, Fabrizio Campelli has been appointed to head up Deutsche Bank. Joining Deutsche Bank in 2004, Campelli has held various roles working in corporate finance, heading strategy for wealth management and most recently serving as chief transformation officer, prior to which he worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and consultants McKinsey. Campelli will take responsibility for Deutsche’s corporate and investment bank to “ensure sustainable profitability after the bank’s return to profitability in 2020”, said a Deutsche Bank statement. 

Campbell Gray to join Atkins as CEO Middle East & Africa

Experienced executive in leading both businesses and projects, Campbell Gray has been appointed CEO for the Middle East and Africa at Atkins, a company that’s been part of the Middle East’s transformation for more than 50 years. In this role, Campbell will lead the businesses’s end-to-end advisory, design and engineering and project management services under the Atkins, Faithful+Gould and Atkins Acuity brands. Having spent his 24-year career with Faithful+Gould and Atklins worldwide, before a stint at Currie & Brown, Gray returns to Atkins bringing a “deep knowledge of the business and the region, and a proven track record in building long-lasting client relationships”, says Steve Morriss, President, Middle East, Asia Pacific and Latin America, SNC-Lavalin. 

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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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