Oliver Wyman partner Bernard Birchler joins Bain & Company

24 October 2016 Consultancy.uk

Bernard Birchler, a Paris-based partner of Oliver Wyman and former global head of the firm’s Operations service line, has moved over to Bain & Company. At Bain, Birchler has been appointed a partner.

After graduating in 1986, Bernard Birchler (55) started his career in the consulting industry with Bossard Consultants, a French management consultancy. In 1997, after Bossard Consultants was acquired by Capgemini, Birchler moved over to Gemini Consulting, the consulting firm arm of the IT services giant (nowadays Capgemini Consulting). At Gemini Consulting, Birchler served as Vice President and supported clients with a range of large business transformations. 

In 2002, after four years with the consultancy, Birchler decided to embark on a new adventure and founded his own consulting firm: Hemeria. Under Birchler’s leadership the firm grew from a startup into a mid-sized player in the French consulting market – by 2008 Hemeria had six partners and more than 80 employees. The firm specialised in operations management and operational excellence, across sectors, including manufacturing, process industries, financial services, packaged consumer goods, retail, telecommunications, IT and utilities.

Bernard Birchler and Domenico Azzarello - Bain & Company

In March 2008 Hemeria was picked up by Oliver Wyman, with Birchler transitioning to the role of partner at the Paris office of the management consulting subsidiary of March & McLennan Companies. Over the past eight years the seasoned consultant has assisted dozens of CEOs and senior executives with the design and delivery of major transformation and performance-oriented programmes. Latterly, Birchler led Oliver Wyman’s Manufacturing, Transportation and Energy practice, and previously he served as the firm’s global head of its Operations practice.

Per the 1st of October Birchler has joined Bain & Company, where he has been named a partner. The Paris office of Bain was founded in 1985, and today has a team of nearly 300 employees. The French operation is led by former A.T. Kearney consultant Domenico Azzarello, who succeeded Jean-Marc Le Roux at the start of 2014, he stood over five years at the helm of Bain’s French unit.

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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.