The Management Consulting practice of professional services firm KPMG has launched three new global Centres of Excellence (CoEs). To lead the new CoEs, the firm has hired Julio Hernandez from Accenture, Morris Treadway from IBM, and Erich Gampenrieder from Deloitte.
For consulting firms, expertise and thought leadership have recently in the light of the changing landscape become increasingly important. One of the key developments that has surfaced from the trend is the establishment of Centres of Excellence, practices which specialise in a specific industry and/or functional area. Centres of Excellence typically focus on professionalising the level of knowledge within its domain, through among others research, the development of best practices, the delivery of training and expert support to engagements.
Within the management consulting domain, KPMG to date already had four Centres of Excellence: CIO Advisory, Human Resources, Procurement, and Shared Services and Outsourcing Advisory. In line with the firm’s growth ambition in consulting – KPMG Advisory is with a distance the fastest growing business unit of KPMG – the Big Four has unveiled plans to add three more CoE’s to its footprint. The new CoE’s will focus on the areas of Customer, Enterprise Performance Management and Supply Chain. According to Aidan Brennan, KPMG’s global Head of Management Consulting, the additions will enable the firm to “become the clear market leader” in each of these areas, relating to the strength of its existing track record in the 100+ countries the firm serves. “KPMG Management Consulting works with clients on technology-enabled business transformation, by establishing Centres of Excellence and acquiring world-class expertise, we are investing in critical areas that will position us to be the clear choice for our clients who want to achieve large-scale, sustainable change.”
To lead the new centres, KPMG has attracted talent from other rival consulting firms:
Julio Hernandez has been hired as Global Lead for the Customer CoE. Hernandez joins KPMG with 20 years of consulting experience focused on the customer from Accenture where he fulfilled several leadership roles, including Managing Director of Accenture Analytics North America. Hernandez will also lead the US Customer Strategy & Growth practice.
Morris Treadway has taken on the role of Global Lead for the Enterprise Performance Management CoE. Treadway comes from IBM, where he leaves as Vice President Transformation Solutions & Services. Before joining IBM, he worked for PwC. Treadway brings more than 25 years of consulting experience to his new role.
Erich Gampenrieder has been named Global Lead for the Supply Chain CoE. Gampenrieder joins with almost 20 years of experience, most recently gained at Deloitte where he led the German Operation Consulting practice. Prior to Deloitte, he was a partner in Accenture’s Global Supply Chain Practice.