Peter Cosco joins A&M Performance Improvement unit

14 November 2014

Global consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal has recently added Peter Cosco to its US-team. Based in New York, Cosco will join A&M’s Performance Improvement practice, and in the role of Managing Director focus on clients in the media, entertainment and sports sectors.

Peter Cosco has more than 20 years of experience in the media and entertainment sectors, serving as an interim executive, leading global, cross-functional marketing, business development and sales teams at public and private companies. Prior to joining Alvarez & Marsal, he founded and led 4Forces Group, a firm focused on improving the performance of resource-constrained companies. During his three-year tenure, he served  clients including Lufthansa Airlines, Deloitte, Kaye Scholer, Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF), Epiq Systems and Reputation Institute. In addition, he designed and launched a professional sports practice, serving professional sports leagues, clubs and stakeholders in the US and the UK. Prior to 4Forces Group, Cosco was the Global Chief Marketing Officer for AlixPartners, and worked for among others Major League Gaming, Discovery Communications, Nickelodeon and media company Time Inc.


Per September 2014 he has decided to exchange his own business for a role at Alvarez & Marsal, one of the globe’s largest consulting firms. In his new role, he will focus on services to print, broadcast, digital and multi-media entities, and companies that serve them. “Peter’s appointment reflects A&M’s commitment to serving the needs of the media and entertainment industries at a time when companies in these sectors are experiencing massive transition and disruption,” says Joseph Berardino, Managing Director in charge of the East Region of Alvarez & Marsal’s Performance Improvement practice. “As the landscape continues to shift, his background, expertise and bias toward results further strengthens our capabilities and enhances our ability to serve organisations facing complex business challenges and the pressing need for reinvention.”

“Media consumption habits have completely changed over the last decade. Traditional media companies and ad agencies have had to reexamine their tried and true business models, often turning them on their heads in order to survive,” comments Cosco. “Brands are equally affected. Rapid developments in technology, big data and analytics have given birth to a host of new tools targeting consumers more directly. Meanwhile, individuals are empowered through social media to become their own content publishers, ultimately shaping brand and corporate reputation.”

Peter Cosco - Managing Director in Performance Improvement practice

New hires
For Alvarez & Marsal the appointment of Peter Cosco is the so-manieth senior addition in the timespan of a few months. Last month Laura Hardin joined as Managing Director in Houston, and a month earlier Russell Kellner joined as partner from BCG. In September four other new hires were unveiled: consulting veterans Joseph Coote and Mike Darland, Senthil Alagar and Christopher Laursen.

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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019

Three senior level consultants have been boosted to the rank of Partner at Quantum Advisory, as the firm works to meet heightened levels of client demand. Aled Edwards, Amanda Burdge and Chris Heirene become Partners as long-time Quantum member Rob Davies retires in May after 15 years as a Partner at the firm.

Founded in 2000, Quantum Advisory provides pension and employee benefits services to employers, scheme trustees and members, with five offices across the UK. The firm has enjoyed exponential growth in recent years, following a number of major client wins and booming demand for its services. It opened a new office in Bristol in 2016 to service the South West and in 2017 relocated its Cardiff office to a larger site within the Welsh capital to house the increased workforce. More recently, Quantum relocated its Amersham, Birmingham and London offices to more spacious premises in the centre of both cities to cope with demand.

The financial services consultancy, which employs 115 people across the UK, has promoted three senior team members to Partner, as part of its wider growth plans. The firm has moved Aled Edwards from Principal Consultant & Actuary, while Amanda Burdge has ascended from Principal Investment Consultant. Chris Heirene, former IT Manager, has also joined the ten current Partners at Quantum.

Aled Edwards most recently managed the actuarial team within Quantum’s Cardiff office as well as providing technical training for all staff. He boasts more than 17 years of pensions experience. He started his career as an Actuary at Jardine Lloyd Thompson’s Bristol wing, before joining Quantum in 2011. Edwards is also the President of the Welsh Actuarial Society (WAS), which supports actuaries and actuarial students living or working in Wales.

Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of Partners

Amanda Burdge joined Quantum’s team in 2001, as one of the fledgling firm’s first employees. Most recently she was a Principal Investment Consultant with the firm, and with more than a quarter of a century’s experience in the sector, she is responsible for providing investment advice to many of Quantum’s key clients with both defined benefit and defined contribution schemes. Prior to her time with Quantum, Burdge spent two years as a consultant with SBJ Benefit Consultants (now Capita), and three years with Tesco Pension Trustees. She currently sits on the Regulation Committee for the Pensions Management Institute.

Chris Heirene initially worked with Quantum as an IT Consultant with Teamwork Technology Services and then UES for over five years, before finally joining the firm itself in 2011. He is now responsible for Quantum’s IT systems across all of its offices, including the network and core server infrastructure which supports the business. Heirene is heavily involved in utilising IT to improve and build upon the processes in place throughout Quantum.

David Deidun, Partner at Quantum Advisory, said of the promotions, “This is a very exciting time for Quantum. The recent round of promotions fully recognise the hard work and dedication shown by the three, all of whom go above and beyond for the company. I’ve no doubt that Aled, Amanda and Chris will settle into their new roles with ease and look forward to working together to grow Quantum even further.”

The news comes as Rob Davies retires in May, after spending fifteen years as a Partner at Quantum. A qualified actuary, Davies was instrumental in setting up Quantum’s Investment Division, specialising in aiding clients with their investment strategies. He will remain with the company on a part-time consultancy basis, while working with several clients in the Fiduciary Manager area.