Korn Ferry Hay Group adds Torrey Foster and Bob Wesselkamper

13 October 2016 Consultancy.uk

Bob Wesselkamper joins Korn Ferry Hay Group as Senior Client Partner and Global Head of Rewards and Benefits Solutions, focused on further expanding the firm’s benefits offerings. Torrey Foster joins the global HR consultancy as Vice Chairman in the Global Consumer Practice, focused on meeting changing consumer expectations across the globe.

Prior to joining Korn Ferry Hay Group, Torrey Foster worked at executive search Firm Heidrick & Struggles for more than 16 years. In his more recent role he was Partner in the firm’s Chicago office, following promotion in 2015 from the role of Region Leader of the Americas. Previously, he held various roles of increasing seniority, including Interim Americas Region Leader; Managing Partner of the firm’s Consumer Products Sector; Managing Partner of the firm’s US Central Region & Global Consumer Products Sector; and Managing Partner of the firm’s Global Consumer Practice. Foster’s earlier roles include a five year stint at boutique executive search and consulting firm Lynch Miller Moore O'Hara from 1994, Director of Marketing at Carl Buddig & Co., and Senior Brand Manager at Quaker Oats where he started his career in 1984. Foster holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Brown University and a Master of Management in International Management and Marketing from the Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management.

Foster join’s Korn Ferry’s Chicago office as a Vice Chairman in the Global Consumer Practice. He brings more than 30 years of experience to the firm, and is focused on further expanding the firm’s presence in the transforming consumer market in the US, among others.

Bernard Zen-Ruffinen, President, EMEA, Chair and Global Industrial & Consumer Markets, says, “Torrey brings to Korn Ferry an extraordinary level of recruiting and leadership advisory experience, as well as long standing client relationships. For more than two decades he has worked closely with clients in the consumer sector, with a particular focus on packaged goods, food and beverage, health and personal care products, branded durable goods, and general merchandise.”

Bob Wesselkamper, Torrey Foster

Bob Wesselkamper joined Watson Wyatt (today Willis Towers Watson) in 1998 as a Senior Consultant and Central Division Practice Leader, before in, 2001 becoming a Practice Director for the firm’s International operation. In 2010 the company was acquired by Towers Watson, with Wesselkamper transferring to the role of Director of International Human Resource Consulting. Previously, from 1995, Wesselkamper worked at financial advisory firm Sedgwick Noble Lowndes as a Vice President and Senior International Consultant, and Senior International Consultant at Noble Lowndes from 1988. Wesselkamper, who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History from DePauw University, started his career at Findley Davies & Company as a Consultant.

Wesselkamper brings more than 25 years of experience to his new role at Korn Ferry Hay Group as its new Senior Client Partner and Global Head of Rewards and Benefits Solutions. The role sees Wesselkamper responsible for expanding the firm’s offerings within the benefits space, including executive rewards, reward benchmarking, pay data and benefits services.

Jean-Marc Laouchez, Korn Ferry Hay Group Global Managing Director, Solutions, says, “Rewards and benefits offerings are important parts of Korn Ferry’s business. Bob brings extensive international commercial and technical experience in these areas. We look forward to tapping his expertise to enhance our already market-leading reward practice.”

Wesselkamper adds, “Korn Ferry is a widely regarded, talent-centric organisation and I’m honoured to be part of its continued evolution. The people and the intellectual property of this firm are second-to-none, and it is exciting to see how we can continue to bring best-in-class offerings to our clients.”

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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.