Roland Berger Strategy Consultants has appointed 13 new Partners. Three of the new additions are in Germany, with the remaining appointments spread across offices in China, France, the US, the UK, South Korea, Italy, Switzerland, Hungary and India. With the addition, Roland Berger’s partner team grows to 220, who in turn manage 2,400 employees across 50 offices globally.
This weekend Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, one of the top 10 most prestigious management consulting firms of the globe, organises its regular partner meeting, held in Dublin this year. During the meeting the shareholders of the strategy consulting firm will, under the leadership of CEO Charles-Edouard Bouée* and Deputy CEOs and Stefan Schaible and Tijo Collot d'Escury, among others walk through the firm’s financial performance, progress on its ambitious growth strategy (see below) and a range of talent management topics. As part of the meeting, partner appointments are announced, and this year 13 have been elected as a partner. An overview:
Egidio Calegari (41) joined Roland Berger in 2012 (from Bain & Company) and is now Partner in Milan in the Financial Services Competence Center. He advises financial institutions on credit and risk, non-performing loans (NPLs), performance improvement, M&A as well as relevant transformation projects. Egidio Calegari has more than 14 years of experience in advising banking groups, especially commercial banks and consumer credit specialists. He studied electronic engineering at Politecnico di Milano and holds an MBA from Bocconi University in Milan (Italy).
Thorsten de Boer (43) is a new Partner in the Consumer Goods & Retail Competence Center in Munich. He joined Roland Berger in 2000 as a retail specialist with experience along the entire value chain and across different retail industries, e.g. grocery retail, consumer electronics and drugstores. He advises his clients on issues spanning all relevant topics, from growth strategies to restructuring. His consulting practice focuses on multi-channel management and category management issues, where he fostered the development of the Roland Berger "Customer Centric Retailing" approach. Thorsten de Boer studied business administration at the University of Osnabrück (Germany).
Fabian Engels (36) is Partner in the Restructuring & Corporate Finance Competence Center in Berlin. He joined Roland Berger in 2006 and has worked across Europe and the Middle East, supporting clients on strategy development, post-merger integration (PMI), global reorganisations as well as restructuring assignments and due diligences. Fabian Engels is an expert in the transportation sector, in particular in shipping and shipbuilding. He also has in-depth experience in real estate, retail and private equity. He studied business administration in Berlin and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Lüneburg (Germany).
Rahul Gangal (36) is Partner in Roland Berger's New Delhi office. He advises clients from several industries – from aerospace and defense to engineering products, from automotive to homeland security and infrastructure. Rahul Gangal's consulting practice focuses on business growth and strategy, operations, market entry, offsets and turnaround strategy. Further, he advises the public sector on policy formulation and implementation. Prior to joining Roland Berger, Rahul Gangal worked at Tata Group as well as for leading investment banking and private equity businesses in the aerospace, defense and security sectors. He studied economics at the University of Delhi and holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade in New Delhi.
Alexei Kharlamov (40) is a Partner in the Media and Telecommunications Competence Center in Paris. He joined Roland Berger in 2006 after 10 years of previous experience at leading consultancies. Alexei Kharlamov is an expert in telecommunications with a focus on strategy, launching new activities, customer experience and digital & lean operations. Over the last decade with Roland Berger, he has been involved in growth and transformation issues in numerous sectors throughout Western and Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Alexei holds a degree from the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris.
Soosung Lee (45) is Partner in Seoul (South Korea) and focuses his consultancy practice on strategy and organization, private equity and corporate finance. Soosung Lee mainly supports businesses in the automotive, engineered products & high tech, consumer goods & retail, energy and biotech industries. Prior to joining our company in 2012, Soosung Lee worked as a Director in international consulting and with investment banking and bioengineering companies. He holds a Bachelor of Science in genetic engineering from Korea University and an MBA from the Wharton School in Pennsylvania (USA).
Gillian Morris (49) joined Roland Berger in 2012 and is now Partner in the energy and chemicals management team in Boston. With nearly 20 years of consulting experience, she supports clients on strategic issues such as corporate and business unit strategy, market entry, growth strategy and M&A. Gillian has deep industry knowledge in specialty chemicals, including synthetic latex polymers, biocides, water treatment chemicals, agrochemicals, and specialty ingredients for nutrition, pharmaceuticals, and consumer and industrial cleaning products. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Durham University (UK).
Anand Raghavan (38) is a new Partner in London. Having joined Roland Berger in 2007, he has worked on a broad range of M&A, strategy and performance improvement engagements. His main area of focus is M&A and commercial due diligence advice for private equity and corporate clients, across industries. Anand Raghavan holds an MBA from the London Business School and an integrated Master's degree in engineering technology from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science in Pilani (India).
Frigyes Schannen (40) is a new Managing Partner in Budapest. He joined Roland Berger's Munich office in 2000 and became head of the Budapest office in 2006. He leads the insurance practice for Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and works with a range of clients from the financial, energy and transportation sectors. Frigyes Schannen is an expert in strategy development, efficiency optimization and organizational development. He studied economics in Saarbrücken (Germany) and at the University of Southern California (USA) and he holds a Master's degree from the Budapest University of Economic Sciences (Hungary).
Adrian Weber (35) is a Partner in the Financial Services Competence Center in Zurich (Switzerland). He joined Roland Berger in 2008 after having worked as a management consultant for the banking industry for several years. He provides strategic advice to retail banks and central banks that face fundamental change. Adrian Weber is an expert in transformation programs like restructuring, cost reduction and post-merger integration as well as growth projects incl. the digital transformation agenda. He holds a degree in economics from the University of Hohenheim (Germany).
Sarna Yeung (40) is a Partner in Roland Berger's Shanghai office. She joined the company in 2002 as a specialist in transportation, logistics and tourism issues, advising clients from the aviation, shipping, railway, road transportation and tourism sector. She also has strong expertise in procurement, manufacturing, R&D, supply chain, warehousing, distribution and inventory management. Further, Sarna Yeung is Chief Operating Officer of Roland Berger in Greater China. Prior to joining the consultancy she was responsible for business development and operations in the Asia-Pacific region at Tibbett & Britten Logistics. Sarna Yeung holds a bachelor's degree in politics and history from the University of London.
Junyi Zhang (37) is a new Partner in Shanghai, heading Roland Berger's Automotive Competence Center in China. In this function he advises clients along the entire automotive value chain, from OEMs to suppliers, as well as service providers and investors. Junyi Zhang is an expert in growth strategy, organizational transformation, R&D, sales and marketing, and performance excellence. Prior to joining the company in 2004, he worked as an analyst at the Allianz Center for Technology as well as in a leading consultancy. Junyi Zhang is also advisor to the Electric Vehicle Industry Alliance and holds a Master's degree in automotive engineering from Tongji University in Shanghai.
Michael Zollenkop (41) is Partner in the Operations Strategy Competence Center in Stuttgart. Since 1999 he has been advising clients in the automotive, mechanical and plant engineering, high-tech and other industries. Michael Zollenkop focuses on product development, innovation management, business modeling, performance improvement and strategic purchasing. He holds a degree in business administration from the University of Erlangen (Germany), an M.A. in economics from Wayne State University (USA) and a Ph.D. from the University of Bamberg (Germany).
In addition to the 13 new partners, Roland Berger also promoted six Partners to the next partnership level: Benjamin Entraygues (38), Stephan Keese (39), Oliver Knapp (42), George Ren (41), Carsten Rossbach (41) and Thomas F. Wendt (40). The new Senior Partners operate in Germany, France, Brazil, the US and China.
*Just recently VanityFair named Charles-Edouard Bouée one of 50 most influential French in the world.