Walter Sinn new Managing Director of Bain Germany

20 May 2014 Consultancy.uk

Consulting firm Bain & Company has appointed a new Managing Director in Germany. As of the 1 June Walter Sinn will replace Rolf-Magnus Weddigen, who has led the German country organisation for the past five years. Sinn will be responsible for continuing Bain’s impressive growth in Germany and leading the Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich offices.

Walter Sinn has more than 20 years of experience in strategy and management consulting. He joined Bain in 2011, prior to that he worked for competitor Boston Consulting Group, where he was responsible for the German banking activities. At BCG he led for instance the integration of Dresdner Bank into Commerzbank and the advised several German banks with strategic and business model transformations. “The profit- and implementation-oriented consulting approach of Bain convinced me to join Bain,” said Sinn early 2011 about the reason for his move.

Bain appoints Walter Sinn as Managing Director of Germany

Under Sinn’s realm Bain has over the past three years “significantly increased its market share” in the banking segment, and based on his performance and leadership skills Sinn came into the picture to succeed Rolf-Magnus Weddigen. After five years at the head of the German strategy consulting firm he has now in line with internal plans stepped down to re-focus on client work. Next to client work Weddigen will continue to act as head of the Private Equity practice group in the German-speaking countries and also remain a member of the global board of directors of Bain & Company. 

Up for the challenge

Sinn will not have an easy task following in the footsteps of his predecessor. Under Weddigen’s leadership Bain came strongly through the crisis years, increasing both revenue and number of employees with more than 50% during this period. According to Bain, 2013 was in fact the best year its history in Germany. Yet Sinn is ready for the challenge, emphasizes EMEA leader Paul Meehan, and the board is convinced he is the right man to further pursue Bain’s targets: “Walter Sinn enjoys the confidence of staff, has the broad support of the partner group and is highly regarded by our customers. His previous managerial responsibility and his track record make him ideal for the new task. We are convinced that under his leadership we will continue our expansion in Germany.”

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Accenture's Rothco installs new Executive Creative Director

24 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

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.