Former Roland Berger heavyweight Bernd Brunke joins AlixPartners

09 February 2017 Consultancy.uk

AlixPartners has picked up restructuring and consultancy industry heavyweight Bernd Brunke, who joins the firm's Munich office as a Managing Director. Brunke, formerly Roland Berger's Chief Financial Officer, is tasked with further boosting the firm's restructuring and turnaround presence in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.

Prior to joining AlixPartners, Bernd Brunke worked at HypoVereinsbank - UniCredit Bank, for two years as a Senior Vice President. He previously worked for Roland Berger, most recently as a Senior Partner and prior to that he was Group Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Global Executive Committee. He started his career at the consulting firm in 1996, and has, over his more than 20 years of service, built up considerable experience in consulting and restructuring.

Brunke, who holds a Diplom-Ingenieur in Elektrotechnik from the Technische Universität Berlin, has been the Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Germany-based e-commerce group bmp Holding for eleven years and Member of the Presidential Council for the German-Russian Chamber of Commerce for five years.

Bernd Brunke - AlixPartners

In his new role as Managing Director at AlixPartners, Brunke takes responsibility for further boosting the firm’s EMEA presence, and senior level experience, in the area of restructuring and turnaround advisory. He is based in the firm’s Munich office.

Simon Freakley, Chief Executive Officer at AlixPartners, which recently unveiled an ambitious growth strategy, says that he is “delighted” to welcome Bernd to AlixPartners. Adding, “His experience will be of significant value as we continue to strengthen our Restructuring and Turnaround offering, and his appointment underlines the continued momentum across the business.”

Earlier this year AlixPartners in the UK added Kathryn Britten to its Financial Advisory Services (FAS) team – the forensic accounting expert joined from rival KPMG, where she was a partner.

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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.