Korn Ferry adds partners to Miami and Washington, DC, offices

13 December 2016 Consultancy.uk

Korn Ferry has hired Michael Bell as Senior Client Partner, formerly at Spencer Stuart, to the firm’s Aviation & Aerospace practice, and Laura Balser, formerly at Mercer, as Associate Client Partner in the division’s Executive Pay & Governance practice. Bell joins Korn Ferry's Miami office, while Balser joins the firm’s Washington, DC, office.

Michael Bell joins Korn Ferry from his role as Partner at executive recruitment firm Spencer Stuart, where he worked for more than 22 years and founded the firm’s Aviation, Aerospace & Defense Practice. Previously, he worked at McKinsey & Company as a Senior Engagement Manager from 1988 until 1994. Earlier roles include Director of Administration & Executive Assistant to the Dean for the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Business Administration, where he started in 1984. Bell holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management.

Bell takes on the role of Senior Client Partner in the firm’s Aviation & Aerospace practice, leveraging more than 22 years of experience and more than 1,000 searches for clients globally, to boost the firm’s presence in the space. He works out of the firm’s Miami office.

“Michael is a true leader in the Industrial space and we look forward to adding his deep industry knowledge and expertise to our team", remarks Yannick Binvel, President of Global Industrial Market at Korn Ferry.

Michael Bell, Laura Balse

Prior to joining Korn Ferry Hay Group, Laura Balser worked at Mercer as a Principal in the firm’s Executive Rewards practice, providing Senior Consultant & Relationship Manager services to clients in the South of the US. In addition, she held the North America Regional Chair for Women@Mercer. Previously, from 2007 until 2011, she worked at NFP Executive Benefits as a Senior Vice President and Principal Managing Director. Earlier roles include Consultant at Watson Wyatt between 2001 and 2004. Balser holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from the Emory University - Goizueta Business School. She is a Board Member of the Goizueta Business School Alumni Board.

Balser joins Korn Ferry Hay Group as an Associate Client Partner in the division’s Executive Pay & Governance practice. She brings in more than 15 years of experience in, among others, regulatory, funding and compliance matters impacting executive rewards programmes across the private, public and third sectors. She joins the firm’s Washington, DC, office.

Irv Becker, North American Leader and Executive Pay & Governance at Korn Ferry Hay Group, says that Balser's expertise in executive benefits is a "great addition" to the HR consultancy. "We are excited to have her join the team as we continue to expand our capabilities to serve clients in the executive pay and governance space.”

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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.