Baker Tilly US hires Rike Harrison as its Chief Sales Officer

30 June 2016

Baker Tilly US has hired Rike (Ulrike) Harrison as its Chief Sales Officer, she joins the firm from Wipfli where she was the firm’s Chief Marketing Officer. Harrison will be based in Minneapolis and will take responsibility of the strategic direction of the market capabilities of Baker Tilly as it seeks to continue growth.

Prior to joining Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, Rike (Ulrike) Harrison worked at Wipfli as the firm’s Chief Marketing Officer. Harrison’s responsibilities at the firm were focused on strategy and growth, and involved achieving organisational alignment and cultural shift to allow for a more timely response to the market changes. Previously, between 2003 and 2007, Harrison worked as an Executive Vice President responsible for National Sales and Demand Generation at what became RSM McGladrey. Earlier, Harrison worked at Pearson as a General Manager of its Business Services Division, between 2000 and 2003; as a Senior Vice President at Sterling Software, between 1996 and 2000; as a Vice President at Information Builders, between 1992 and 1996; and in a range of functions of increasing seniority at the Digital Equipment Corporation, where she started her career in 1981.

Harrison holds a Master of Science in Mathematics from the University of Cologne, a Master of Business Administration in International Management and Strategy from Georgia Southern University and is currently studying towards a Doctor of Philosophy in Organisational Strategy from the University of Cologne.

Rike Harrison - Baker Tilly

Harrison joins Baker Tilly as its Chief Sales Officer. In her new role she takes responsibility for the firm’s sales and business development, whereby she will align the firm’s wider strategy and marketing capabilities with the strategic growth goals of its executive.

Ed Offterdinger, Baker Tilly’s Executive Managing Partner of Strategic Growth, says that the firm is “very pleased” about the addition of Harrison. Offterdinger adds “As we grow and continue to advance our strategic priorities, Rike’s leadership of our sales function will enable those efforts by building and influencing a collaborative culture of sales-driven growth across our firm.”

Harrison comments that she is “proud” to join Baker Tilly and to contribute to achieving the firm’s ambitious goals for growth. She adds “It’s an exciting time for Baker Tilly and I look forward to working alongside the world-class professionals who have been instrumental in expanding the firm’s footprint and influence.”


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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.