Apr 29, 2021

People Moves EMEA: Mastercard, KPMG, L’Oreal, PwC

Kate Birch
5 min
In this week’s roundup of executive moves, L’Oreal names its new CDO, KPMG appoints a CHRO for UAE and Oman and Mastercard hires head for East Africa
In this week’s roundup of executive moves, L’Oreal names its new CDO, KPMG appoints a CHRO for UAE and Oman and Mastercard hires head for East Afric...

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. 


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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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