Bain names Bill Neuenfeldt head of Americas region

10 February 2016 Consultancy.uk

Management consultancy Bain & Company has appointed Bill Neuenfeldt, a nearly 20-year veteran of the firm, as its new regional managing director for its Americas region. Neuenfeldt, who will continue to be based in New York, succeeds David Johnson, who remains active within the firm.

Bill Neuenfeldt joined Bain & Company in 1997. Prior to that, he served as a captain and program manager for advanced technology programs in the United States Air Force. During his nearly two decade tenure at the consulting firm he has held several leadership roles, including management roles in the firm's Telecommunications, Media &Technology (TMT), Strategy and Private Equity Practices, where he advised clients on a variety of strategic and operational issues. Most recently he also served as managing partner of Bain's New York office, one of the firm's largest hubs globally, from 2009 to 2015.

Under his direction, the New York office experienced a period of robust growth, both in terms of numbers, but also in terms of diversity – female consultants for instance now make up more than half of the New York consultant team. In the light of the industry average a notable performance, with in particular the strategy consulting segment wherein Bain operates (across the board) still dominated by males.

Bill Neuenfeldt, Paul Meehan and Dale Cottrell, Bob Bechek

In his new role, Neuenfeldt will oversee the firm's strategy and operations in both North and South America. He will also work closely with his counterparts Paul Meehan and Dale Cottrell, who lead Bain's Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific (APAC) regions respectively. Neuenfeldt will report into Bob Bechek, Bain’s global CEO, who has been at the helm of the firm since March 2012 when he replaced Steve Ellis.

Neuenfeldt’s predecessor, David Johnson, who served as Bain's first America's regional managing director, is rotating out of the role. He will remain with the consultancy, dedicating more time to client service in Financial Services Practice, while also taking point for a number of firm-wide opportunities. “We thank Dave for his unwavering commitment to our clients, his unparalleled leadership and extraordinary dedication to our people,” says Bechek.

Commenting on Neuenfeldt’s new challenge, Bechek says “Bill is one of Bain's most esteemed leaders and trusted advisors among both clients and colleagues. He embodies the firm's culture of maintaining a keen focus on helping our clients achieve real results while supporting and investing in each other's professional development.”

Bill Neuenfeldt holds a MBA from Harvard Business School with high distinction as a Baker Scholar. He graduated with both an undergraduate degree in engineering and an M.S. in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University.

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