Alaa Oumansour and Marco Vögele join Alvarez & Marsal in Dubai

16 August 2016

Professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal has added two management consultants to its Middle East team. Alaa Oumansour, who joins from Strategy&, has been appointed a Senior Director in the firm’s Performance Improvement practice, while Marco Vögele, who joins from Deloitte, has been named a Consultant in the Turnaround & Restructuring service line.

Alaa Oumansour brings more than 15 years of operational and turnaround advisory experience. Prior to joining Alvarez & Marsal he worked for Strategy&, and formerly Booz & Company (before it was picked up by PwC and rebranded), for over six years. In his most recent role Oumansour operated in the firm's Communications, Media and Technology Practice, while during his spell at Booz, Oumansour was based in San Francisco and Dubai, and advised clients across North America, the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. Previously, Oumansour, who holds an MBA from London Business School and a Master in Engineering from the French Grande Ecole, spent over seven years with Nokia is several (management) roles.

His primary areas of expertise are in performance improvement, strategy formulation, and cost optimisation, particularly in the areas of sales & marketing, operations, technology and finance. Oumansour specialises in the Telecoms, IT, Media and FMCG sectors, where he has advised large multinational clients ranging in turnover from $100 million to over $100 billion.

Alaa Oumansour and Marco Vogele join Alvarez & Marsal in Dubai

Commenting on the appointment, Stephen Millington, Managing Director of Alvarez & Marsal Middle East, says: “We are delighted to have secured the services of someone of Alaa's caliber and expertise. I am certain that he will add significant value for our existing and future client base, because his skills in financial management and performance improvement have saved large amounts of money for companies he has acted for. His appointment is a significant addition to an already highly talented and versatile team in our Middle East office."

Marco Vögele has been active in the consulting industry for over six years, throughout the period working in five different regions (Africa, Europe, Asia, Middle East, North-and South America) with private and public sector clients. He started his career as a Junior Consultant with LOCOM Consulting, a supply chain advisory based in Germany, and, in the summer of 2010, he switched to Deloitte. At the Big Four, Vögele worked on several large scale transformation programmes, holding roles in, among others, organisation design, process optimisation, project management delivery and learning & development. At Alvarez, Vögele will focus on restructuring and operational turnaround engagements.

Both Oumansour and Vögele have joined Alvarez & Marsal’s Dubai office, a hub which in recent months has been ramping up its headcount on the back of Alvarez’s growing restructuring and turnaround portfolio. Against the backdrop of dropping oil prices and growing economic uncertainties, the region is coming under increasing pressure to overhaul government strategies and meet big debt repayments between now and 2018. Along the way, business leaders are turning to management consultants to support the work. The government of Saudi Arabia for instance commissioned McKinsey & Company to support the development of its ‘Vision 2030’ programme, while Kuwait recently hired Oliver Wyman to support it with finding new ways to finance its debt burden. 

Stephen Millington, Marco Vogele, David Tusa, Saeeda Jaffar, Shereen Abdulla, Mounir Abou Fadel

Alvarez & Marsal too has a strong presence in the market, with its focus more on clients in the turnover range of between $100 million and $1 billion, just below the big government-related enterprises such as Dubai World. “The sectors we tend to get involved in are commodities and trading, construction and real estate, wholesale foods, retail and distribution. There has also been some activity in the oil and gas sectors lately,” explains Millington.

In Q4 last year David Tusa joined Alvarez from Strategy&, Saeeda Jaffar transferred from Bain & Company, while earlier in 2015 Shereen Abdulla made the move from Citi. Back in 2014, Alvarez & Marsal poached Bharat Gupta from AlixPartners, who returned to the firm after a short 12 month stint at its rival, and hired the Lebanese Mounir Abou Fadel in a junior role.

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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.