Former McKinsey partner leads Value Partners in Asia

11 November 2014 Consultancy.uk

Global consulting firm Value Partners has appointed former McKinsey & Company partner Mayank Parekh as Managing Partner of its Asian operations. Parekh will oversee the operations of the offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Value Partners is a strategy and management consulting firm with approximately 250 employees. The firm was founded in 1993 in Italy by McKinsey alumnus Giorgio Rossi Cairo and Vittorio Giaroli, and since has grown its footprint to offices in 10 cities in 9 countries. In the 90’s the consultancy expanded to São Paulo and Istanbul, while in the next decade it mainly targeted expansion into emerging markets such as the Middle East and Asia. Following the merger with UK-based Spectrum Strategy Consultants in 2007*, the firm also has a large operations in the UK market.

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To boost its Asia operations, Value Partners has named Mayank Parekh as the new head of its Asia operations, which spans offices in China, Hong Kong and Singapore. Parekh began his career in 1988 at General Electric in finance and worked across a number of geographies. He later on moved into the consulting industry, working eleven years for McKinsey & Company, where he mainly served financial services clients and also led many corporate finance engagements. In his last role at the consultancy, Parekh served as Managing Partner of the Singapore office and led the Corporate Finance practice in Southeast Asia.

In 2007 Parekh left McKinsey to found Grange Partners, a private equity fund focused on SME in Southeast Asia, and most recently, he served as Managing Partner at Asia Capital. Last month, Parekh decided to return to the consulting profession, and joined Value Partners. “We are delighted to welcome Mayank on board in Asia. Under his firm leadership and strategic direction we are excited for the many opportunities that lay ahead for our Asia team,” says Giorgio Rossi Cairo, co-founder and chairman of Value Partners.

Giorgio Rossie Cairo - Value Partners

* Spectrum Strategy Consultants was founded in 1994 by Janice Hughes (ex-Booz Allen Hamilton partner) and Kip Meek (former BCG, McKinsey and PwC consultant). Meek left Spectrum in 2003 – he sold his shares for a sum believed to be around £6 million – while Hughes stepped down three years after the merger with Value Partners, in 2010.

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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

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.