Global strategy & operations consultancy Roland Berger has appointed three new partners outside Germany, its home base and largest market. Stéphane Blanchard joins from Monitor Deloitte in France, Eduardo van-Zeller Neto makes the move from BCG in the Middle East and Peter Schneidewind rejoins Roland Berger in Switzerland after years outside the industry.
Stéphane Blanchard joins Roland Berger as a Partner in the Consumer Goods & Retail Competence Center in Paris. He comes from Monitor Deloitte*, where he served as a partner, and previously headed Deloitte Consulting’s strategy consulting practice in France. Blanchard has more than 17 years of experience in management consulting, with a focus on growth strategies, international development, M&A and performance optimisation. Prior to Deloitte he worked for rival Accenture, after he started his career with J.P. Morgan. Blanchard studied at ESCP Europe Business School in Paris and Harvard Business School (USA).
Peter Schneidewind rejoins Roland Berger as a Partner in the Engineered Products & High Tech (EPHT) Competence Center in Zurich, after almost ten years in industry. In his last role he fulfilled several management roles at Bosch, including as Sales Director. After starting his career outside the consulting industry, Schneidewind joined Roland Berger, and eventually spent ten years at the firm, based in Munich. He focuses on supporting industry and high-tech companies with operational improvements and performance optimisation, and advises clients on growth strategies and post-merger integration. Schneidewind studied physics, majoring in renewable energies, at Hamburg and Cornell Universities.
Eduardo van-Zeller Neto joins the Roland Berger team in Bahrain as a Partner and head of the Energy & Utilities and Oil & Chemicals Competence Centers. He previously worked for The Boston Consulting Group, across several offices, including Dubai and Portugal, where Van-Zeller Neto grew up, where he advised clients in the oil & gas, petrochemicals and utilities industries. Previously Van-Zeller Neto worked for Deloitte in Portugal. He holds an MBA from IESE Business School in Spain and MIT Sloan School of Management in the US. He also has a degree in economics from Nova School of Business and Economics in Portugal.
New partners and expansion
Last week Roland Berger appointed five new partners in Germany, and in Q4 2014 the consultancy added 13 new partners in 10 countries. With the latest partners on board the business advisory now has a total of 220 partners across 50 offices, all geared to realise the firm’s ambitious growth strategy, unveiled in October last year by CEO Charles-Edouard Bouée.
* Monitor Deloitte was formed in December 2012 after Deloitte Consulting acquired Monitor, a specialised strategy consultancy that came into financial difficulties. As part of the deal roughly 1,200 Monitor consultants in 12 countries, including the UK and Germany, joined Deloitte’s Strategy practice, a service line within its Strategy & Operations unit.