PwC advisor Brian Ehrig rejoins Kurt Salmon as partner

14 November 2014

Global management consulting firm Kurt Salmon has appointed Brian Ehrig as a partner in its US Retail and Consumer Products practice. Ehrig joins from PwC, where he was as a Director in the Advisory business unit.

Brian Ehrig has nearly 20 years of experience in the retail sector and consulting industry. Prior to joining Kurt Salmon, he served nearly 5 years as a Director at Big 4 firm PwC, where he advised dozens of companies on growth strategies, improving customer experiences and implementing organisational capabilities. He joined the Big 4 firm from Kurt Salmon, which at the time operated as Kurt Salmon Associates*, where he focused on bringing supply chain and product development improvements to soft lines companies. Before his first tenure at the firm he worked for PRTM (purchased by PwC in the summer of 2011), where he optimised clients' supply chain processes, and three years with boutique firm PSINet Consulting, In between, he led ERP implementation projects for the electronics manufacturer Flextronics. Ehrig holds a bachelor's degree in supply chain management from Arizona State University and an MBA from the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business.

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“We're thrilled to welcome Brian back to Kurt Salmon," says Madison Riley**, Managing Partner of Kurt Salmon's North American operations. “His focus on innovation will bring tremendous value to our clients who are looking to expand their footprint while also improving their processes.”

Ehrig on his new challenge: “Retail and CPG companies are increasingly looking for new operating models that support more direct connection and interaction with their customers, across channels and geographies, and Kurt Salmon's nimbleness and deep industry expertise make it uniquely positioned to provide best-in-class solutions for these challenges.”

In addition to his role at the consulting firm, Ehrig is a member of the Supply Chain and Product Innovation Committee for the American Apparel & Footwear Association. He also acts as an advisor for Soles4Souls, a charitable organisation focused on fighting global poverty by repurposing footwear and apparel.

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* In June 2010 Kurt Salmon Associates merged with Ineum Consulting, and following the integration the combined firm rebranded to Kurt Salmon.

** Madison Riley is also one of the 13 members of the Board of Directors of the Association of Management Consulting Firms (AMCF).


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Accenture's Rothco installs new Executive Creative Director

24 April 2019

Jen Speirs is set to take over from Alan Kelly as the Executive Creative Director of Accenture Interactive-owned agency Rothco. Speirs arrives as Kelly takes up the role of Chief Creative Officer at the firm.

Rothco is a full-service creative agency based in Dublin. Founded in 1995, the firm contains more than 150 strategic, creative, technology, design, project management and production professionals located in Ireland’s capital city. The agency strategically plans, designs and produces powerful communications campaigns across Europe for numerous iconic brands, including Tesco, Heineken and Lyons. Internationally recognised for its prowess in the sector, Rothco notably found success at the Cannes Lions awards in both 2015 and 2016.

Such success inevitably drew the eye of Accenture during its extended spending spree to strengthen its digital design and advertising offerings, housed under the Accenture Interactive moniker. A year after purchasing Rothco, Accenture Interactive has since continued this push into the advertising space, acquiring New York and London-based agency Droga5 earlier this month, and adding illustrious clients such as HBO, Amazon and The New York Times to its roster of clients. Despite its purchase, Rothco has also been undergoing its own period of change, however.

With the news that long-term incumbent Alan Kelly had won a promotion from his position as Executive Creative Director (ECD), the agency commenced a hunt for his replacement. Kelly joined Rothco nine years ago as a Copywriter, and has now worked his way up to the role of Chief Creative Officer. Assuming that office, he will pass on his previous role to Jen Speirs, who exits BMF Australia, relocating half way around the world to fill the vacancy.

Accenture's Rothco installs new Executive Creative Director

Speirs was appointed BMF’s Deputy Executive Creative Director in March 2018, having joined BMF as a creative director in 2016 from her previous role at Foxtel, where she was a Freelance Creative Director. Following her arrival at BMF, she worked across brands such as McDonald’s, Carefree, Arnott’s, Berlei, TAL, Bonds, BWS, UN Women and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, while her work has picked up awards at NY Festivals, Clio, AWARD, Cannes, Effies, Media Federation, Caples, and Spikes Asia. Speirs also worked at DDB Sydney as Creative Director for six years, with clients such as Telstra, Lipton and Johnson & Johnson.

Commenting on her new challenge, Speirs said, "When I look at a lot of Rothco's work, like JFK Unsilenced, the #takenotice breast cancer campaign on the Molly Malone Statue, Sleeping Flags – it all has that perfect combination of creativity, innovation and craft… So the opportunity to go and be a part of that, and work with the awesome people I’ve met so far, was far too good to say no to. I can’t wait to get over there and get stuck in.”

Remarking on Speirs’ arrival, Kelly added, "I am chuffed we have poached someone as incredibly talented as Jen Speirs. I think it’s a testament to the work we are doing in Rothco that we are attracting world-class talent like Jen to these shores. Jen is a super addition to the team as she is both gifted and decent, two qualities we always look for when we hire. I also may have told her that Dublin's weather is pretty much the same as Sydney's – hopefully, she hasn't fact-checked this yet."

Related: Accenture's push into the creative sector is an identity crisis.