BCG Digital Ventures adds three partners to London team

04 October 2016

BCG Digital Ventures, BCG’s design, digital and incubation arm, has added three new partners to its team in the UK: Charmaine Eggberry, John Kuolt and Mark Zaleski. All three advisers will report to London-based Partner and Managing Director Ajay Chowdhury.

Since being founded early 2014, after The Boston Consulting Group roped in a large team of consultants from Booz Digital (the Digital arm of Booz & Company*), BCG Digital Ventures (BCGDV) has seen impressive growth. Over the past two and a half years BCGDV has expanded to a headcount of over 400 designers, product managers, engineers, serial entrepreneurs and investors spanning four continents. The firm operates as a separate arm of BCG – the consultancy wants to, due to the different nature of its activities and the make-up of the landscape, set BCGDV apart from its traditional strategy consulting and management consulting activities.

To meet growing demand from UK-based companies, BCGDV has recently added three seasoned advisers to its 60 strong team in London.

Charmaine Eggberry is a digital business pioneer with deep hardware and software expertise. She served as CEO of Plan B Consulting and held leadership positions at digital accelerator Wayra, Nokia and Research in Motion, where she led the global launch of BlackBerry Pearl and managed an $11 billion P&L and redesign of BlackBerry’s GTM. She currently holds seats on the boards of recently listed AI software robot provider Blue Prism, identity intelligence specialist GB Group, Avanti Communications and is Chairperson of InsureTech scaleup Buzzmove.

BCG Digital Ventures

John Kuolt is a computer science expert from Silicon Valley. As Cofounder of IQzone, he helped raise millions in venture capital before going on to invent the world’s first social address book. By launching with Facebook he was able to get this software pre- embedded on nearly every major mobile handset manufacturer in the world. Kuolt continues to play an active role in the venture capital world – a $128 billion market globally according to KPMG – sitting on the boards of Harvard Business Angels London and Granatus Ventures.

Mark Zaleski is an executive and seasoned investor with broad international experience. He served as the Chairman and CEO of Dailymotion leading it to 65 million unique visitors and 1 billion video views per month. Zaleski also served as the CEO of QXL ricardo for 7 years prior to it being sold for nearly £1 billion. He has also held senior executive roles at Webvan Group, Nielsen Corporation and Federal Express Corporation. Zaleski currently sits on various boards and serves as an advisor at a number of tech companies including GoCardless, Show My Homework, Spotahome and Dynistics.

Commenting on the additions, Ajay Chowdhury, Managing Director at BCGDV, says “We’ve seen huge growth in our UK business over the past two years where many of our blue chip clients are based. This expansion cements our commitment to London and the UK and having entrepreneurs with proven track records like Charmaine, John and Mark in the London partner group will allow us to continue to build powerful digital businesses for our corporate partners.”

Charmaine Eggberry, John Kuolt, Mark Zaleski, Ajay Chowdhury

Prior to joining BCGDV in February last year, Chowdhury was formerly CEO of Seatwave, a European online ticketing marketplace that was sold to Ticketmaster. Prior to this, he was CEO of ComQi, a global omni-channel retail technology company before which he co-founded IDG Ventures Europe (IDGVE), a $100 million European venture capital fund. In August Chowdhury was appointed by Her Majesty The Queen as a Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity responsible for the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace, Banqueting House and Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland.

BCGDV’s founder, Jeff Schumacher, adds that he is delighted to welcome “three seasoned executives” to the firm’s London office.

* Booz & Company was acquired by Big Four firm PwC in October 2013, and after closing rebranded as Strategy&.

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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.