Roland Berger promotes Philippe Chassat and Alain Le Couédic in APAC

12 October 2016

Roland Berger Partners Philippe Chassat and Alain Le Couédic have been jointly promoted to co-lead the firm’s Financial Services Practice in the APAC region. The co-leaders take responsibility for growth within the fast growing and transforming region.

Philippe Chassat became a Partner at Roland Berger in 2005, working for the firm’s Financial Services Practice in France. In 2006 he moved to Belgium, taking on a Partner position in the firm’s Belgium Financial Services unit. Roughly five year later Chassat moved to Asia (based out of Singapore) to serve as the firm's Financial Services Head for South East Asia. Chassat holds a Master of Arts in Economy & Finance and an Master of Science in Capital Markets & Corporate Finance from Institut d'Etudes politiques de Paris. He also attended the Stanford Executive Program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Prior to joining Roland Berger in 2010, Alain Le Couédic worked at The Boston Consulting Group as a Partner and Managing Director, based in Hong Kong. Prior to that, Le Couédic was a Principal at A.T. Kearney, he worked at the firm for more than seven years, based out of New York and then Hong Kong. Le Couédic started his consultancy career at Arthur Andersen in 1990, where he rose to the level of Senior Consultant. He holds a Master of Science in Engineering and Economics from the AgroParisTech, Institut des sciences et industries du vivant et de l’environnement and a Master of Business Administration from the Columbia University - Columbia Business School.

Roland Berger promotes Philippe Chassat and Alain Le Couédic to lead in APAC region

The promotion of Chassat and Le Couédic sees the Partners take on joint leadership of the firm’s Asia-Pacific (APAC) region Financial Services Practice. Both bring 20 years of experience to the role, as well as extensive regional experience. They take responsibility for the expansion of the firm’s regional business, which continues to be under pressure from the Chinese market slowdown, by offering a range of solutions to current and new regional clients. Across the board the outlook for the region is bright however, found an analysis by Roland Berger's APAC team released late last year.

Charles-Edouard Bouée, CEO at Roland Berger, says, "As a global business consultancy we have been expanding our business in Asia for over 30 years and the region now represents a significant share of our total business. Alain and Philippe will leverage our global reach, European roots and large Asian presence to serve our clients in the region even better.”

Knut Storholm, Partner and Global Head of the Financial Services Competence Center at Roland Berger, adds, "The financial services industry in the region is going to experience a massive transformation shaped by global trends and the differing development stages of each country. In their new role, Alain and Philippe will benefit from their longstanding experience of global markets and in-depth knowledge of the region to drive our teams and help our clients through this evolving landscape. We see plenty more opportunities in the region and this new setup reflects our commitment and ambition to grow with our local and global clients.”

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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.