EY has appointed Herman Heyns as the lead partner of its Big Data and Analytics services line in the UK. Heyns worked the past 2,5 years as a self-employed consultant, and prior to that he held leading roles at among others KPMG, Accenture and Deloitte.
Herman Heyns has mre than 20 years of experience in the professional services industry. After graduating from the University of Pretoria (South-Africa), he joined Deloitte in 1990, where he started his career in the Audit function. Three years later Heyns moved to Accenture, where he eventually spent 15 years. In his last roles he, as a partner, led Accenture’s Finance Practice in the UK and headed the Enterprise Performance Management practice in Europe. Early 2008 he exchanged Accenture for KPMG, where he acted as Head of the firm’s European Business Intelligence Practice.
Following a period of 2,5 years working as a self-employed consultant (‘Heyns Advisory’), Heyns has now decided to rejoin the consulting industry. At his new employer, EY, he will lead the Big Data and Analytics services line in the UK. “I am thrilled to be joining an already market leading team. The use of Big Data and Analytics has revolutionised the way organisations gain real insights that help them improve their performance and manage risk. Our aim is to help clients across the board to leverage analytics to transform their businesses, make informed decisions and achieve sustainable growth,” says Heyns.
Steve Wilkinson, Managing Partner UK & Ireland says: “I'm delighted to welcome Herman to EY. He brings great passion and expertise in this field and I am confident that he will be a great catalyst in bringing together and growing our already great capabilities in this area.”
EY investing in analytics
Heyns’ appointment reconfirms EY’s aggressive growth plans in the area of Big Data and Analytics. The firm has recently been ramping up its capabilities in the domain through a large recruitment drive, and at a global level EY last month revealed that it had committed a massive $500 million to boost its Big Data and Analytics offerings. The money will mainly be spent on establishing a Global Analytics Centre of Excellence (COE), building internal skills through training & development and on acquisitions of specialist firms.