BCG Platinion expands into Canada, led by Fabrice Lebegue

22 July 2016 Consultancy.uk

BCG Platinion, BCG’s Technology Operations subsidiary, entered the US market in 2014 and now is further expanding its North American operations with a footprint in Canada. The new office will be led by BCG veteran Fabrice Lebegue, who rejoins the firm following a brief stint at Cogeco.

Prior to joining The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) Platinion, Fabrice Lebegue worked at Cogeco as its Corporate Vice President in Technology, he held the role for a little under a year. Previously, he worked at The Boston Consulting Group from 2007 until 2015, joining as a Senior Principal and rising to the rank of Director. Lebegue’s earlier roles include Associate Partner at IBM where he was a Technology Strategy and Architecture Leader in the firm’s Financial Services practice for a year; a President and Partner at Via Strategies for almost a year; Consulting Practice Director at BEA Systems for five years; a Software Engineering Specialist/Sales Account Manager at Rational Software (IBM) for two years, starting in 1998; and a Senior software engineering/R&D consultant at ALTEN, where he started in 1996.

Fabrice Lebegue holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Computational and Applied Mathematics from ENSEEIHT (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Electrotechnique, d’Electronique, d’Informatique, d’Hydraulique et des Télécommunications), as well as a Master of Science in Digital Communication Systems from Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal. 

BCG Platinion expands into Canada, led by Fabrice Lebegue

BCG Platinion is the firm’s wholly owned Technology Strategy Operation subsidiary, it was founded in Germany by BCG in 2000. The North American based operation of Platinion was established in 2014, and is led by Philip Panaro. The BCG subsidiary recently announced it is expanding into Canada, in part, on the back of strong demand for strategic ICT consultancy services in the North American region. The firm has hired Lebegue to lead the Canadian office as a Managing Director. In addition, he will take a seat of the subsidiaries North America Executive Team and lead its Digital Transformation practice. BCG Platinion also has a hub in Italy.

“Thanks to the rapid growth and success of BCG Platinion, we are formally expanding our geographic footprint in North America. Canada is a critical market for future growth in the execution services we provide for technology, digital, and risk, and we are excited to grow our presence there,” says Panaro. He adds that the firm is “thrilled” about Fabrice taking on a leadership role. “Having a permanent Canadian presence will enable us to better serve our existing clients and become better known to prospects throughout Canada.”

“I’m delighted to be returning to BCG Platinion to help extend our North American reach and build the business, which is growing rapidly,” says Lebegue. “We see a lot of potential to extend BCG’s capabilities across the Canadian market.”

Technology trends that in the coming years are set to disrupt business include the Internet of Things (which could add up to $11 trillion to the global economy by 2025 says McKinsey), quantum computing, Industry 4.0 (a market forecasted to add $493 billion in revenue gains per annum in Europe according to Strategy&), robotics and 3D printing. See the article 'The most important digital and technology trends for CxOs globally' for an overview of all major technological developments.

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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.