People Moves EMEA: Mastercard, KPMG, L’Oreal, PwC
In a week where Diageo announces changes to its finance leadership team and legal firm Clifford Chance promoted 29 employees to partner, including a record number of women (11), with the UK and Europe heavily favoured, we round up the biggest executive moves across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Asmita Dubey named L’Oreal’s new chief digital officer
With L’Oreal for the past eight and a half years, both in Europe and China, Asmita Dubey has been appointed the new chief digital for the French beauty giant, based in Paris. Currently chief media officer for the Group and chief digital officer for the consumer products division, Dubey also served as chief marketing officer for L’Oreal China and for Asia Pacific for four years and is credited with spearheading marketing and digital transformation programmes in China, building the brand’s joint-business partnerships with Alibaba and Tencent.
Described by L’Oreal’s Deputy CEO Nicolas Hieronimus as a “real expert” in her field and a “true strategic thinker”, with a unique ability to simplify within complexity, Dubay is the “perfect choice to build the next big phase of our digital transformation”.
Shehryar Ali named country manager for Mastercard East Africa
With two decades of experience driving financial and digital solutions in Africa, Shehryar Ali has been appointed Mastercard’s Country Manager for East Africa and will be based in the companpy’s regional head office in Nairobi. Seasoned banker Shehryar has worked for a number of well-reputed banks both in Africa and Asia, including Citibank Pakistan, Mahsreq Bank in Egypt, a decade at Barclays in Egypt, and most recently as Head of Retail Banking at Bank One, Mauritius.
He will be responsible for managing Mastercard’s operations in the region including Kenya and Tanzania and his leadership “will be invaluable in driving the Mastercard vision and strategy in the East Africa region”, says Raghav Prasad, Division President Sub Saharan Africa, Mastercard.
Gretchen Moxcey names new CHRO for KPMG Oman and UAE
Seasoned human resources specialist Gretchen Moxcey has been appointed the new Chief Human Resources Officer for KPMG across the UAE and Oman and will relocate from the US to Dubai to take on the role, where she will oversee the human capital objectives of the consulting firm’s 1,500-strong team. Moxcey has three decades of experience in human resources, including 20 years at Deloitte, where she most recently served as senior HR business advisor, and where she was advisor to Deloitte India’s HR leadership team.
Prior to this, Moxcey worked with Fidelity Investments, responsible for the firm’s HR strategy, and for Bank of America where she led the design and delivery of various consumer bank training programs. According to Nader Haffar, CEO of KPMG Lower Gulf, with her “extensive and diverse background of having led HR for businesses across the US, UK and India”, Moxcey brings “valuable knowledge and expertise”.
Salameh Khalil appointed CEO of The National Bank, Palestine
Highly experienced executive Salameh Khalil has been approved as the new CEO of The National Bank in Palestine. With a career spanning more than two decades, and with deep knowledge of financial planning and strategy, risk management, internal controls, auditing and accounting, according to TNB’s board, “Khalil has a track record for both identifying and nurturing leadership. Importantly, however, he has a passion for the role that banking can play in transforming Palestinian society.”
Most recently serving as CFO of Paltel Group for the past eight years, prior to this Khalil was Vice President of Finance at Bloom Holding in the UAE and also worked as an audit manager at Ernst & Young Palestine as well as managed international projects for the Ministry of Finance. According to TNB chairman Talal Nasereddin, it is important to invest in “young, innovation leaders, like Mr Khalil, who can successfully execute on TNB’s digital transformation strategy”.
Sabine Durand-Hayes named global leader, consumer markets, PwC France
A familiar face at PwC, Sabine Durand-Hayes has been appointed Consumer Markets Global Leader for PwC France and Maghreb, where she is tasked with leading the team who advise cross-industry clients on everything from optimised omnichannel modes to effective supply chain management. She has more than 25 years at PwC, with experience assisting private equity and corporate clients with analysis and structure of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and most recently led Consumer Markets in EMEA.
“The Consumer Markets practice, under Sabine’s leadership, will continue to help organisations repair, rethink and reconfigure their business models to emerge stronger from the crisis,” says Kevin Burrowes, PwC’s Global Clients and Industries Leader (PwC UK).
Himanshu Raja named chief financial officer of Hammerson
CFO veteran Himanshu Raja has been named as British property giant Hammerson’s new Chief Financial Officer following the resignation of James Lenton. Having held numerous CFO positions including at G4S, Misys, Logica and most recently Countrywide, Himanshu is an “experienced CFO who brings a blend of strong financial, strategic and leadership qualities”, says CEO Rita-Rose Gagne.
David Pugh appointed CEO of The Fry Group
Previously Chief Strategy and Commercial Officer at The Fry Group, which manages £2bn in funds for clients worldwide, David Pugh has been named CEO of the international advisory firm following the succession of former CEO Jeremy Woodley to chairman. Having been with the Group for more than decade, with eight years spent managing the firm’s Singapore operations, before returning to the UK as chief strategy and commercial officer, Pugh is well-versed in all things Fry. Prior to The Fry Group, Pugh held leadership roles at Hargreaves Lansdown and Truestone Asset Managmeent in the UK.
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.