Scandinavian management consultancy QVARTZ has in recent months bolstered its team with the addition of three senior advisors, Stein Dale, Lars Clausen and Stefan Öhlén, two junior consultants, Nancy Mohsen and Ismail Yagoub, and new MarCom lead, Stine Colding.
Stein Dale recently returned to Norway after four years with E.ON, a global energy supplier with 55,000+ employees worldwide, where he latterly served as Senior Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Development and CEO of E.ON International Markets. In the role, Dale led the transformation project that ultimately led to the split of the group into two entities: E.ON SE and Uniper SE. The spinoff of its conventional-generation and energy-trading businesses into Uniper, effective 1 January 2016, was one of the first major steps of the conglomerate’s new corporate strategy, which it unveiled roughly a year ago.
Prior to this, Dale served as CEO at Multiconsult from 2011 to 2012, and between 2002 and 2011 he held several managerial positions within Statkraft (Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy) – most recently as Executive Vice President and CFO. “I also had the pleasure of working in the telecom industry, but that was in the last century,” says Dale – referring to his positions in companies such as Tandberg Telecom and Telia.
At QVARTZ, formerly Quartz+Co (the firm rebranded in 2015), Dale will serve as a subject matter expert on global energy markets as well as large-scale strategic transformations. “The whole energy sector is going through a ‘perfect storm’, with major changes both financially and technologically as well as in regulatory frameworks and customer behaviour. I am really looking forward to joining QVARTZ, and I am excited to be part of the team,” he reflects on his new challenge.
Lars Clausen, another heavyweight in the energy landscape, has agreed to affiliate with QVARTZ through a flexible senior advisor partnership. Clausen can build on an impressive track record in business, having held CEO positions in Shell UK & Scandinavia, DONG Energy Sales & Distribution, Gazprom Retail and IBM Denmark, among others. In his role as senior advisor, he will support top-level business development and consulting services, with a focus on energy and renewable energy matters.
“QVARTZ already has a strong track record of advising and supporting clients within the energy and utility sector, and is right now investing further to expand their support capabilities,” he states. “I look very much forward to supporting QVARTZ in meeting their growing client demands.” Commenting on the appointment, a spokesperson from QVARTZ says that the firm is thrilled to welcome Clausen, “we are certain that the co-operation will spur valuable discussions and generate useful insights.”
In March QVARTZ welcomed back Stefan Öhlén to its ranks. Öhlén previously worked for the consulting firm for two years between 2011 and 2013, and after a nearly two and half year spell with the Swedish government, where he worked as Investment Manager, he decided to return to the consulting industry. “I am looking forward to working with the team. Even though I changed employer for a while, I never felt that I left QVARTZ completely. I guess that is what the civilisation is all about [in QVARTZ’s terminology its team members are part of a unique ‘civilisation’] and I look forward to the new challenges and opportunities ahead,” Öhlén comments.
Nancy Mohsen and Ismail Yagoub have joined the management consultancy in junior roles, both based in Copenhagen. Mohsen is of Lebanese-origin, and holds a BSc in Business Administration, while Yagoub holds a professional degree in IT Technology and is currently studying for a Bachelor at Copenhagen Business Academy. QVARTZ reflects on the recruitment of the two advisors: “During our pro bono work on how to manage the competence pool made up of the many refugees entering Scandinavia these months we became aware of the huge number of highly skilled refugees and asylum seekers. Two of them turned out to be a great match with our culture. We are happy to welcome Nancy and Ismail to our team.”
On top of the five additions to the consulting team, QVARTZ also added Stine Colding to its corporate function. The former Communication Lead at Accenture – Colding spent three years with the consultancy in Copenhagen – has joined as Head of Branding, Marketing & Communication, tasked with further professionalising the firm’s marketing outings. Prior to joining in March this year, she worked for Kromann Reumert, one’s of Denmark’s top tier law firms, and as an independent freelancer. Colding has 10+ years of experience with communication and marketing.
“I am so excited to take on my new role, to work with a group of the most talented and entrepreneurial people in the industry, and with a brand that is already very strong,” she says.