Value Partners adds 2 partners to Asian consulting team

18 November 2014

Global strategy and management consulting firm Value Partners has expanded its Asian team with two senior hires: Demetrio Di Martino and Yeo Soo Ruey. Di Martino joins from Value Partners in South America to lead the firm’s telecom, media and technology (TMT) practice in the region, while Soo Ruey joins from PwC and will head the Asia wide private equity practice.

Value Partners, founded in 1993 in Italy, has approximately 250 employees across offices in 10 cities in 9 countries. Its presence in Asia was built in the past decade, and the consulting firm currently operates from four offices: Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Singapore.

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In line with its ambition to boost its market share in the region, Value Partners has added two senior hires to its Asian team. Yeo Soo Ruey has been poached from PwC, where worked for eight years in the Transactions Strategy Group, a service line within PwC’s Advisory business unit. Her project experience includes topics such as market entry strategy, feasibility assessments, M&A, due diligence and post-merger integration. Soo Ruey started her career with Global Business Insights, a subsidiary of IE Singapore. At Value Partners she will, based in Singapore, lead the Asian private equity practice.

To boost the TMT practice of the firm – one of the key industries* of its portfolio – Value Partners has asked Demetrio Di Martino, previously a partner in the firm’s Brazil office, to relocate to Asia. For the Italian origin consultant it is the third office transfer at the firm. He joined the firm in 2002, having previously worked at McKinsey & Company and Cartiere Burgo**. Following a spell in Italy he moved to Dubai to help build the Middle East footprint, and in 2006 he moved to the Sao Paolo office. His focus lies mainly on the TMT industry, where he has assisted large corporations on a variety of topics related to strategy, company transformation and change management.

Both Di Martino and Soo Ruey will report to Mayank Parekh, the Managing Partner of Value Partner’s Asian operations. Parekh joined the consulting firm shortly, following a career in private equity and 11 years at McKinsey & Company. Other partners in the Asia region include among others Thomas Wu (former OC&C and Bain) and Jane Hou (grew from internal ranks).

Value Partners adds 2 partners to Asian consulting team

“We are delighted to have these two senior practitioners on board in Asia. Their combined experience and blend of deep sector and regional understanding has already enabled us to increase the value we create for our clients,” says Giorgio Rossi Cairo, co-founder and Chairman of Value Partners.

* Value Partners offers services across the majority of industries, yet its focus lies in particular on industries where technology plays a large role. Its track record in TMT is for a large part the heritage of the acquisition of Spectrum Strategy Consultants in 2007, a London-based consultancy that specialised in the media, entertainment and telco sectors.

** Cartiere Burgo is currently known as Burgo Group, and is a leading producer of coated papers.


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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.