Rainer Mehl and Kai-Michael Schaper join Capgemini Consulting

29 April 2016 Consultancy.uk

Capgemini Consulting has announced two high profile appointment in Germany. Rainer Mehl joins the firm as head of digital operations for Germany, Switzerland and Austria, while Kai-Michael Schaper strengthens the Consumer Products and Retail practice.

Rainer Mehl joins Capgemini Consulting from NTT Data, where he most recently served as head of manufacturing and played a large role in growing NTT Data’s (global) automotive business. Previously, Mehl worked for PwC, and, following the acquisition of PwC Consulting by IBM in 2002, he moved over to IBM’s BCS business unit. He joined NTT Data in 2010, roughly three years later he was promoted to Managing Director of NTT DATA Germany, before taking on his latest role in October 2014.

At Capgemini Consulting, Mehl has been named Senior Vice President and head of digital operations for Germany, Switzerland and Austria, a position which sees him also join Capgemini’s German country board. The 52 year old, who is based in Munich, has been tasked with further growing the firm’s digital transformation footprint, across industries, from manufacturing and energy to retail and automotive. “With his deep industry expertise and his sound knowledge of digital assets, Rainer Mehl will support the services portfolio of Capgemini from strategy consulting to innovative technology solutions,” said Volkmar Varnhagen, CEO of Capgemini Consulting for Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

Kai-Michael Schaper joins Capgemini Consulting from Horn & Company, a Düsseldorf based spin-off from Droege & Company, a large Germany based consultancy and investment company founded in 1988. Schaper will bring his 10+ years of experience in the Consumer Products and Retail industries to Capgemini Consulting, where he has been appointed a Vice President. He will focus on, among others, engagements that span digital business models, category management, pricing, e-commerce, sales & marketing operations and innovation, as well as projects that require large transformations of business and technology processes. "With Kai-Michael Schaper we have added an experienced and strong implementation expert to our ranks,” says Ralph Becker, head of Capgemini Consulting’s practice for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. “His knowledge of client centric digital transformation will help us shape and grow our business in the field.”

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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.