Point B opens Dallas office, 8th office in US markt

24 December 2014 Consultancy.uk

Consulting firm Point B recently opened a new office in Dallas, its eight in the US. The newly opened office will be headed by Jimmy Cordy, a veteran in the field, who will provide the office with strategic direction. To staff the Dallas office, the firm is actively recruiting consultants in the area.

Point B is a management consulting and venture investment firm that supports clients with management consultancy, project management and implementation services. 

The consulting firm, founded in 1995 and headquartered in Seattle, recently opened an office in Dallas, its eighth in the US market, in addition to its existing offices in Seattle, Portland, Bay Area, Southern California, Phoenix, Denver, and Chicago.

Jimmy Cordy - PointB

The newly opened office will be led by Jimmy Cordy, who will provide strategic direction. Cordy brings a 22-year history of successful client relationship management, consultative and product sales leadership, technical and operational leadership and business analysis in different industries, to his new role. Prior to joining Point B, he spent more than 10 years in the consulting industry and IT services sector, and held positions at among others Strategic Projects Group (SGP), Sendero and Accenture.

“Point B is known for its local model – local consultants helping local clients. This practice, coupled with the ability to tap into industry experts across our firm’s more than 500 people, puts us in a great position to immediately drive value for organisations in Dallas,” comments Cordy. “We pair the right expertise and practical wisdom with the right clients to help navigate and execute on the most strategic initiatives.”

Earlier this year, Point B was named the #2 best management consulting firm to work for in the US.

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Newcastle consulting firm opens Baghdad office

05 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

A Newcastle-based consultancy has announced it will open its first office in Iraq. The news comes despite warnings that the area remains “high risk” for businesses.

16 years after the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the nation remains a shadow of its former self. The continued chaos wrought by the Iraq War – which eventually played a role in the rise to prominence of Daesh, further destabilising the region – means that even now, the nation’s capital is deemed to have the lowest quality of living in the world. According to a recent survey from Mercer, Baghdad ranked last overall – immediately below Bangui of the Central African Republic and Damascus in Syria – despite the other two being determined as the worst cities on the planet for personal safety.

However, as with the wider Middle East, the oil-rich state presents a lucrative destination to businesses willing to take the risk. To that end, a Newcastle recruitment consultancy has announced the opening of its first presence in Iraq’s capital city. Samuel Knight has taken the decision to open its Baghdad locale in order to grow its business in the Middle East.

Newcastle consulting firm opens Baghdad office

While businesses remain wary of the region, Samuel Knight specialises in recruiting talent in the energy and rail sectors, and in a release it said the new office would continue to focus on these areas. It will also allow the firm to make sure it abides by local compliance laws. The new location will be headed up by Haider Kadhim, Samuel Knight’s Iraq country manager, who will work as the first point of contact for clients and candidates. Representatives from the Department of Trade Industry are expected to attend a launch event for the office, which will be held this month.

Commenting on the new office,  a spokesperson for Samuel Knight said, “We probably don’t see it as a risk, but more of an opportunity, as we operate in the Middle East extensively already. We have contacts in place in the country location and with the consultants we have. We felt it was a great opportunity to expand into a country we are already doing work in. It means we have an on-the-ground team to help our clients. From our perspective, it is that we are looking to expand into new territories, but we are also supporting countries that are starting to redevelop after years of warfare.”

Steve Rawlingson, CEO at Samuel Knight, said, “Our aggressive five-year growth plan is manifesting at  an impressive rate, taking the company to exciting new territories. The team is working diligently to surpass expectations set out in the plan, and to ensure Samuel Knight is cemented as the leading global energy and rail recruitment specialist. Our Baghdad office will give us a distinctive edge over our competition and allow for more exciting business opportunities. Once the office becomes more established and client acquisition develops, we will certainly be adding more consultants and manpower in the city.”