West Monroe Partners hires Mark Huson as Director in M&A

19 August 2016 Consultancy.uk

West Monroe Partners has hired Mark Huson as a Director for its Pacific Northwest M&A practice, he will co-lead the practice from the firm’s Seattle Office. Huson brings more than 18 years of experience to the firm, much of it within M&A, at a time when M&A activity remains relatively hot.

Prior to joining West Monroe Partners, Mark Huson was a Director at PwC for more than three years. In the role, based in Seattle, Huson supported the firm’s strategic and private equity clients with a range of M&A services, including everything from due diligence to post-deal integration planning, execution and optimisation. Previously, between 2006 and 2013, Huson worked at Kaiser Associates, where he rose to the rank of Vice President. The role included leading the firm’s US Technology & Communications practice, as well as founding the firm’s Seattle office. Earlier roles include Associate at Booz Allen & Hamilton, between 2004 and 2006, and Consultant at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), within its Financial Services practice, where he started his career in 1998.

Huson holds a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from Santa Clara University and a Masters of Business Administration in International Management from Georgetown University.

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Huson joins West Monroe Partners’ Seattle office as a Director and co-leader of the firm’s Pacific Northwest Mergers & Acquisitions practice. The addition adds more than 18 years of consulting experience, much of it within the M&A segment, to the practice; Huson will be tasked with supporting the firm's clients with M&A deals – a market which has been buoyant over the past years, last year hitting $4.9 trillion globally in more than 7,500 deals, up from $3.5 trillion the year previous.

Brian Paulen, Managing Director and Leader of West Monroe’s Seattle office, says, “Mark is an accomplished consultant and a proven practice leader with the right blend of functional, industry, and technology expertise necessary to tackle the complexities of a merger, acquisition or other transaction. His track record for driving transaction value is exemplary, and he brings valuable strategic and tactical experience to our clients in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.”

Huson says that this is an “exciting time” to be helping organisations evaluate, pursue and execute transactions as a path to growth and differentiation. He adds, “West Monroe Partners has distinguished itself as a firm that is able to support organisations from deal evaluation and integration strategy to execution and beyond. I look forward to lending my experience and also continuing to refine my skills as part of our accomplished team.”

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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.