Weiwen Han leads Greater China practice of Bain & Company

02 November 2016 Consultancy.uk

Bain & Company has named Weiwen Han Managing Director of the firm’s Greater China practice. Han’s appointment, announced by Bob Bechek, Bain’s worldwide Managing Director, and Dale Cottrell, head of the firm’s Asia Pacific region, coincides with Bain’s 25th anniversary in Greater China.

Weiwen has nearly twenty years of management consulting experience. Since joining Bain & Company in 2002, from Accenture, Han has served clients in Bain's Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Los Angeles offices. He has over the years helped many mid- and large-sized companies to develop strategy, improve their performance and upgrade their management capabilities, including organisation, operations and IT. Han holds deep expertise in company and fund strategy, industry and target screening, commercial due diligence and portfolio company management.

Most recently Han was a partner in Bain’s Private Equity practice and a senior member of its Digital, Consumer Products and Retail practices. He is also actively engaged in Bain’s Developing Market 100– an initiative by the firm that partners with high-growth companies aimed at helping them grow into scale-ups and unicorns. 

Weiwen Han, Michael Thorneman

In his new role as Managing Director, a role he took on from October 1st, Hong Kong-based Han is responsible for leading growth, operations, people and brand strategy for Greater China. His key priority will, according to the consulting firm, be to guide the Chinese practice through “its next wave of growth”.

Han succeeds Michael Thorneman, who served as Managing Director of Bain Greater China for eight years, and returns to advising the firm’s private equity and corporate clients in China. The transition is part of Bain’s ‘servant leader’ model in which partners regularly rotate into leadership roles and then back to full-time client work.

According to a recent analysis by Bain’s Chinese office, IPR laws and internet censorship are harming the growth of US businesses in China.


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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.