West Monroe Partners adds Wayne Lee to Cybersecurity practice

07 April 2017 Consultancy.uk

To bolster its cybersecurity practice across the West Coast, including further expansion as well as the addition of propositions, West Monroe Partners has appointed Wayne Lee as its Chief Cybersecurity Architect. He brings more than 20 years of industry experience to the firm, most recently, as a Managing Principal at Verizon Enterprise Solutions.

Prior to joining West Monroe Partners, Wayne Lee worked at Verizon Enterprise Solutions, in his most recent role as a Managing Principal of the security and fraud detection firm’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Cyber Security team. He spent more than nine years with the firm, and was a founding member of its Verizon RISK E-Discovery team. He previously worked at Cybertrust as a Principal, at Ubizen where he was a Senior Security Consultant and at Winstar Communications where he was a Senior Systems Consultant.

Lee holds a Bachelor of Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and completed the Department of Homeland Security ICS Cybersecurity Training.

Wayne Lee - West Montroe

Lee joins the firm’s Los Angeles office as its Chief Cybersecurity Architect, responsible for growing the firm’s West Coast practice as well as expanding its offerings in what is a rapidly changing and challenging environment – last year businesses across the globe lost an estimate $280 billion to cybercrime. The appointment sees more than 20 years of experience in the areas of in information security, strategic and tactical cybersecurity consulting, in both the public and private sectors, bolster the firm and its increasing client-based in the segment.

Remarking about the firm’s appointment of Lee, Senior Director Ken Siegman the head of West Monroe Partners’ Los Angeles office says, “As engaged consumers increasingly expect companies to interact with them in highly personalized ways through multiple channels, the secure management of customer data has become a critical imperative for many of our clients,” stated. “Wayne Lee’s background and expertise will be an extremely valuable asset to our clients as they seek a trusted advisor to help them navigate this ever-evolving landscape.”

About his new appointment to the firm, Lee says that he “shares West Monroe Partners’ philosophy that information security is not solely an IT problem and that security solutions must be right sized to fit the objectives of the business.” He adds that he is “excited” to join a team, that “seeks to create value for our clients through strategic cybersecurity initiatives and bring my expertise to help further develop our security offerings.”

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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.