Bain adds ex-McKinsey partner to German management

12 November 2014

Bain & Company has added former Accenture and McKinsey & Company partner Christopher Schorling to its German management team. The 44-year, who joined in September, will be responsible for further growing Bain’s footprint in the telecommunications, media and technology industry, both in Germany as well as in the region.

Christopher Schorling has more than 15 years of experience in the consulting industry. Following graduation from the Technical University of Berlin he joined McKinsey & Company in 1996, where he spent 15 years. During his tenure at the global strategy consulting firm, he quickly grew through the ranks, and was promoted to Partner in 2004. In 2011 he left McKinsey to join Accenture, where he in the role of Executive Director served as the key account lead for several large clients in the technology and industrial equipment industries.

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Following roughly a year outside the industry – he co-founded Quaest – Schorling has recently decided to return to the profession. As of early September he joined Bain & Company, and has been appointed a partner in its telecommunications, media and technology practice (TMT). In addition, he will be part of the German-Swiss management team of the firm, which also consists among others of Walter Sinn and Thomas Lustgarten*.

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In recent years Bain has in Germany demonstrated impressive growth. Under the leadership of Rolf-Magnus Weddigen, Sinn’s predecessor, the firm grew its revenue more than 50%, despite the background of an ailing economic climate in the country and region. Although not confirmed by Bain, reports in Germany reveal that 2013 was even the best year in the firm’s history. In line with its ambition to further accelerate growth, Bain eyes on capitalising on the large growth opportunities in the TMT industry with the addition of Schorling, says Germany boss Sinn. “Technology companies in Europe are the focus of our growth strategy. Our goal is to expand our excellent market position in this segment. As a proven industry expert with significant advisory, practical and international experience, I am convinced Christopher will strengthen our team.”

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“In addition to rapidly shortening innovation cycles, competition in the technology sector is intensifying. I look forward to assisting our customers in these challenging times,” says Schorling. From a functional perspective he will focus mainly on strategy development and implementation, transformations, post-merger integration and product development.

* Walter Sinn was in May this year appointed Managing Director of Bain & Company Germany. He joined Bain in 2011, following a career at rival The Boston Consulting Group. Thomas Lustgarten has been with Bain since 1988 and heads the Swiss business.

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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.