A.T. Kearney adds four new partners in Germany and Austria

29 August 2016 Consultancy.uk

A.T. Kearney has per the 1st of July promoted four advisors to Partner level in Germany and Austria: Patrick Brown, Astrid Latzel, Horst-Henrik Dringenberg and Alenka Triplat. 

Patrick Brown (36) has been with A.T. Kearney since 2014, when he joined from Roland Berger, where he worked for six years, latterly as a Senior Project Manager. Prior to that, he worked for Capgemini Consulting and a mining firm. At A.T. Kearney, Brown focuses on energy and process-related industries such as oil and gas, mining, and chemicals, and also co-leads the firm’s internal Capital Project Excellence initiative. Brown, who earned his Master in Economics from the University of Kassel and a Bachelor in Economics from the University of London, is based in A.T. Kearney's Düsseldorf office.

Astrid Latzel (40) has been serving the consulting firm since April 2015, re-joining A.T. Kearney thirteen years after she left the management consultancy back in 2002, when she worked as a Senior Business Analyst in the firm’s Berlin office. Between 2002 and 2006 she served Schering (now Bayer) as a Consultant, Latzel then spent nearly ten years in the consulting industry: two years with Oliver Wyman and seven years with Roland Berger. She advises clients predominantly in the mechanical engineering and processes industries.

Patrick Brown, Astrid Latzel, Horst-Henrik Dringenberg and Alenka Triplat - AT kearney

Horst-Henrik Dringenberg (36) has been at A.T. Kearney for more than 10 years – he joined as an intern in 2004 and has grown steadily through the firm’s ranks. He is a member of the Organization & Transformation service line, and focuses specifically on Europe, Middle East and Africa-based clients in the Energy & Process industries. Dringenberg, who is based in Dusseldorf, holds a diploma in Mathematics from University of Bielefeld and a Master in Economics from the University of Warwick.

Slovenian national Alenka Triplat (37) has been with A. T. Kearney since 2003, when she joined the consultancy in Vienna after completing a two year exchange programme at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Triplat is part of the Operations & Performance Transformation practice, supporting clients with production optimisation, procurement, supply chain and product development, among others. Triplat is based in Vienna, but is also affiliated with A.T. Kearney’s Taipei office.

Commenting on the appointments, Martin Sonnenschein, Partner and Managing Director of A.T Kearney Central Europe, says the move echoes the firm’s continuing growth in the German market – a consulting industry estimated to be worth around €25 billion. According to the latest data available, the German consultancy market booked growth of 6% last year. “Their promotions reflect our successful work and confirms our growth strategy”, says Sonnenschein, who has been with A.T Kearney since 2000.


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Accenture's Rothco installs new Executive Creative Director

24 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Jen Speirs is set to take over from Alan Kelly as the Executive Creative Director of Accenture Interactive-owned agency Rothco. Speirs arrives as Kelly takes up the role of Chief Creative Officer at the firm.

Rothco is a full-service creative agency based in Dublin. Founded in 1995, the firm contains more than 150 strategic, creative, technology, design, project management and production professionals located in Ireland’s capital city. The agency strategically plans, designs and produces powerful communications campaigns across Europe for numerous iconic brands, including Tesco, Heineken and Lyons. Internationally recognised for its prowess in the sector, Rothco notably found success at the Cannes Lions awards in both 2015 and 2016.

Such success inevitably drew the eye of Accenture during its extended spending spree to strengthen its digital design and advertising offerings, housed under the Accenture Interactive moniker. A year after purchasing Rothco, Accenture Interactive has since continued this push into the advertising space, acquiring New York and London-based agency Droga5 earlier this month, and adding illustrious clients such as HBO, Amazon and The New York Times to its roster of clients. Despite its purchase, Rothco has also been undergoing its own period of change, however.

With the news that long-term incumbent Alan Kelly had won a promotion from his position as Executive Creative Director (ECD), the agency commenced a hunt for his replacement. Kelly joined Rothco nine years ago as a Copywriter, and has now worked his way up to the role of Chief Creative Officer. Assuming that office, he will pass on his previous role to Jen Speirs, who exits BMF Australia, relocating half way around the world to fill the vacancy.

Accenture's Rothco installs new Executive Creative Director

Speirs was appointed BMF’s Deputy Executive Creative Director in March 2018, having joined BMF as a creative director in 2016 from her previous role at Foxtel, where she was a Freelance Creative Director. Following her arrival at BMF, she worked across brands such as McDonald’s, Carefree, Arnott’s, Berlei, TAL, Bonds, BWS, UN Women and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, while her work has picked up awards at NY Festivals, Clio, AWARD, Cannes, Effies, Media Federation, Caples, and Spikes Asia. Speirs also worked at DDB Sydney as Creative Director for six years, with clients such as Telstra, Lipton and Johnson & Johnson.

Commenting on her new challenge, Speirs said, "When I look at a lot of Rothco's work, like JFK Unsilenced, the #takenotice breast cancer campaign on the Molly Malone Statue, Sleeping Flags – it all has that perfect combination of creativity, innovation and craft… So the opportunity to go and be a part of that, and work with the awesome people I’ve met so far, was far too good to say no to. I can’t wait to get over there and get stuck in.”

Remarking on Speirs’ arrival, Kelly added, "I am chuffed we have poached someone as incredibly talented as Jen Speirs. I think it’s a testament to the work we are doing in Rothco that we are attracting world-class talent like Jen to these shores. Jen is a super addition to the team as she is both gifted and decent, two qualities we always look for when we hire. I also may have told her that Dublin's weather is pretty much the same as Sydney's – hopefully, she hasn't fact-checked this yet."

Related: Accenture's push into the creative sector is an identity crisis.