Management consultancy Baringa Partners has appointed Christoph Müser as a partner. Müser, who joins from Pöyry Management Consulting and previously served Roland Berger, bolsters the firm’s Energy practice, and is based in Baringa’s Düsseldorf office.
Founded in 2000, Baringa Partners is a consulting firm that specialises in three sectors: energy & utilities, financial services and telecoms & media, with the latter practice launched early this year. After operating for eleven years from its hub in London, in 2011 Baringa opened its first international office in Düsseldorf, to better meet growing demand from clients in the ASG (Austria-Switzerland-Germany) region. The German office, led by Oliver Schlicht, who joined in 2012 from Accenture, builds on the capabilities of the UK parent organisation, and has since its inception grown its client base and track record, with a key focus on organisations in the energy landscape.
Last month Baringa boosted its German operations with Christoph Müser, who joins from Pöyry Management Consulting, a Finnish-origin (founded in 1958) engineering and consulting firm with offices across the globe, where he held the role of Managing Director. Previously he was a Partner in Roland Berger’s energy practice, where he was responsible for the management consulting business in Germany, leading a team of 35 consultants. Müser was also in charge of the firm’s global energy grid and smart energy business. Clients he has served during his 20 years in management consulting include E.ON, Vattenfall, RheinEnergie and numerous Stadtwerke (municipal utility firms).
Commenting on his new challenge, Müser says he is “excited to be joining Baringa”, which he describes as a consultancy with a “vast portfolio of offerings and services and a diverse range of clients”. He adds: “Most of my career has involved working in the energy and utilities sectors and Baringa is renowned for its strength in these areas. The Düsseldorf office is expanding and is full of potential; I can’t wait to get started.”
Adrian Bettridge, Managing Partner at Baringa, says he is delighted that a person of Müser’s calibre and reputation is joining the firm’s leadership. “Our markets need leaders with strong track records and excellent local contacts; Christoph has all this and more.” Müser joins three other new partners that have in recent weeks joined the firm’s leadership ranks: Brynne Parker, Henning Bottger and Mel Newton.
Looking ahead, Bettridge believes the consultancy is well positioned to further expand its footprint across the ASG region – a market estimated to be worth just over €8 billion – as well as continental Europe. Growth is forecasted to centre around the energy portfolio, with Bettridge stating: “The energy markets continue to go through a level of change and commercial challenge that is historically unparalleled. In the coming years, Baringa will invest strongly to further develop its existing German practice and build a team with the scale and skills to support its clients with their hardest strategic, commercial and transformational challenges.”
Globally, the energy & resources consulting market is estimated to be worth $11.1 billion, which represents roughly 11% of the entire consulting industry.