Mar 25, 2021

People Moves EMEA: Microsoft, Warner Music, CBRE, Strategy&

Kate Birch
3 min
In a week where Microsoft Egypt hires its first female CEO, discover this week’s EMEA executive moves, from real estate and hotels to tech and consulting
In a week where Microsoft Egypt hires its first female CEO, discover this week’s EMEA executive moves, from real estate and hotels to tech and consult...

Another week, another slew of executive moves to and across the EMEA region, with lots of executive transitions happening in the Middle East. From real estate to financial consulting, and from Egypt to Dubai, here’s Business Chief’s weekly round-up of the big executive moves in EMEA, March 18-25. 

Mirna Arif to head up Microsoft in Egypt

Mirna Arif has been appointed as the Country Manager to spearhead Microsoft operations in Egypt. Arif has more than 18 years of experience spanning multinational organisations and public sector entities across the Middle East and Africa and has been MEA Business Group Director Microsoft since 2019, where she led the strategy and execution of the company’s Surface portfolio in the region. Prior to joining Microsoft, Mirna worked in key roles for Schlumberger, Emerson, Baker Hughes GE. As Microsoft continues to expand its footprint in Egypt, Arif will oversee the company’s efforts in the country to empower public and private organisations to accelerate their digital transformation agendas. 

Temi Adeniji appointed to dual executive role for Warner Music in Africa

As Warner Music continues to expand across Africa, Temi Adeniji is appointed to a dual executive role as Managing Director of Warner Music South Africa and SVP Strategy, Sub-Saharan Africa. Adeniji has been with Warner Music since 2016, first as Director, International Strategy & Operations, then VP, and more recently as SVP, and she has been developing the company’s presence in the region through key deals including landmark licensing deals with African digital music services Audiomack and Boomplay. According to Alfonso Perez-Soto, EVP, Eastern Europe, Middle East, India and Africa, “there is no one more qualified and better able to lead our next chapter” than Temi. 

Walid El-Hindi appointed CEO of Real Estate for SHUAA Capital

Real estate sector veteran Walid El-Hindi has been appoin ted CEO of Real Estate for leading asset management and investment banking platform SHUAA Capital. Bringing with him 25 years of experience in real estate, Walid most recently spent five years as CEO at IMKAN Properties where he led the establishment and growth of the company into one of the leading property developers in the Middle East, and was responsible for building a portfolio of developments now valued at Dhs100 billion. In this new role, Walid will be responsible for managing SHUAA’s significant real estate portfolio and activities and for driving growth, and Walid’s international experience in this space “will greatly enhance our efforts to further strengthen our presence across geographies”, says Jassim Alseddiqui, Group CEO of SHUAA Capital. 

Kenneth Hatton to lead EMEA Hotels at CBRE

With a career that began in corporate M&A and hospitality law, Kenneth Hatton has been appointed Managing Director, head of Hotels, EMEA by CBRE. With significant experience on both the brand and owner side around the world, and most recently serving as Executive VP – Global Development and General Counsel at Belmond Ltd., Hatton brings a deep understanding of varies industry insights to the role. He has been involved with transactions, on both the advisor and principal side, involving over 350 hotels and mixed-use projects across EMEA, the Americas and Asia-Pacific. 

Aurelien Vincent secures partner role in the Middle East at Strategy&

Experienced consultant Aurelien Vincent has been made a Partner at Strategy& in the Middle East, and will be part of the firm’s financial services practice. Vincent most recently served as a Partner at McKinsey in Dubai, advising clients in banking, public finance institutions, regulators and funds in the Middle East region on strategy, organisation, transformation, risk and post-merger integration. Prior to this, he was a Senior VP at Dexia and also served at banking institutions BNP Paribas and JPMorgan Chase. 

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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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