The Brattle Group appoints 3 new Principals in US

12 January 2015

Global management consultancy The Brattle Group has promoted three consultants to the Principal rank: Toby Brown, Ryan Hledik, and Kathleen Spees. Both Brown and Hledik are based in San Fransisco, while Spees operates from the Cambridge (US) office.

The Brattle Group is a consulting firm that specialises in economics, finance, and regulation, and serves corporations, law firms, and public agencies. The consultancy, founded in 1990, has seven offices across North America and Europe*, including a base in the heart of London (Halton House, 20-23 Holborn). Last year The Brattle Group was recognised as one of the 10 Best Consulting Firms to Work For, ranking seventh, after big names in the industry such as Bain (#1), McKinsey (#2) and BCG (#3).

Per the 1st of January 2015, The Brattle Group has promoted three advisors to the Principal level: 

Toby Brown joined Brattle’s international practice in 2006 and relocated to the San Francisco office in 2009. He specialises in the regulation and economics of the gas and electricity sectors. Brown has consulted for pipelines, utilities, and regulators in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia, and he has particular expertise in incentive-based regulation in the energy sector. His project experience at Brattle includes analysing business risk in pipeline rate cases, assessing the economic impacts of alternative regulatory frameworks and competitive structures in the energy sector, and advising on regulatory best practices based experience in different jurisdictions worldwide. He also provides litigation support in a wide range of areas, including damages estimations, competition assessments, gas contract arbitrations, and utility and pipeline rate cases. Prior to joining Brattle, Brown worked at the UK energy regulator, Ofgem. He holds a D.Phil. in Chemistry from the University of Oxford.

Toby Brown, Ryan Hledik and Kathleen Spees

Ryan Hledik joined Brattle’s San Francisco office in 2006 and has expertise in assessing the economics of smart grid investments and policies. He has consulted with utilities, policymakers, technology firms, government labs, research organisations, and wholesale market operators. His contributions have included the development of widely-cited models for the economic valuation of smart grid programs, serving as a member of a U.S. Department of Energy advisory group to review the activities of Smart Grid Investment Grant recipients, and providing strategic advice to firms implementing new smart grid initiatives. A frequent presenter on the economics of the smart grid, he has recently spoken at events throughout the United States, as well as in Brazil, Canada, Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam. Prior to joining Brattle, Hledik was a research assistant with Stanford University’s Energy Modeling Forum and a research analyst at Charles River Associates. He holds an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University and is based in Brattle’s San Francisco’s office. 

Kathleen Spees joined Brattle’s Cambridge office in 2009 and specialises in wholesale electric energy, capacity, and ancillary service market design and price forecasting. She has worked with market operators in PJM, MISO, Alberta, ERCOT, and Italy to independently assess and improve their market designs for resource adequacy, increase energy pricing efficiency during scarcity and surplus events, and increase efficiency of energy and capacity market seams. Spees also has experience investigating market manipulation of virtual trading and FTR markets, evaluating system impacts from environmental coal retirements, evaluating the supply chain impacts of major simultaneous environmental retrofits, and conducting engineering studies on the cost of building new generation facilities. She has worked with market participants in these and other U.S. RTOs to conduct asset valuation exercises including capacity, energy, and ancillary service price forecasts, economic dispatch modelling of power plants, and valuation of power purchase agreement terms. Spees holds a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.

Early last year The Brattle Group announced four new additions to its Principal team: Richard Caldwell, Shaun Ledgerwood, Armando Levy, and Bruce Tsuchida.

Richard Caldwell, Shaun Ledgerwood, Armando Levy and Bruce Tsuchida

* Cambridge (US), New York, San Francisco, Washington DC, London, Rome and Madrid.


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Accenture's Rothco installs new Executive Creative Director

24 April 2019

Jen Speirs is set to take over from Alan Kelly as the Executive Creative Director of Accenture Interactive-owned agency Rothco. Speirs arrives as Kelly takes up the role of Chief Creative Officer at the firm.

Rothco is a full-service creative agency based in Dublin. Founded in 1995, the firm contains more than 150 strategic, creative, technology, design, project management and production professionals located in Ireland’s capital city. The agency strategically plans, designs and produces powerful communications campaigns across Europe for numerous iconic brands, including Tesco, Heineken and Lyons. Internationally recognised for its prowess in the sector, Rothco notably found success at the Cannes Lions awards in both 2015 and 2016.

Such success inevitably drew the eye of Accenture during its extended spending spree to strengthen its digital design and advertising offerings, housed under the Accenture Interactive moniker. A year after purchasing Rothco, Accenture Interactive has since continued this push into the advertising space, acquiring New York and London-based agency Droga5 earlier this month, and adding illustrious clients such as HBO, Amazon and The New York Times to its roster of clients. Despite its purchase, Rothco has also been undergoing its own period of change, however.

With the news that long-term incumbent Alan Kelly had won a promotion from his position as Executive Creative Director (ECD), the agency commenced a hunt for his replacement. Kelly joined Rothco nine years ago as a Copywriter, and has now worked his way up to the role of Chief Creative Officer. Assuming that office, he will pass on his previous role to Jen Speirs, who exits BMF Australia, relocating half way around the world to fill the vacancy.

Accenture's Rothco installs new Executive Creative Director

Speirs was appointed BMF’s Deputy Executive Creative Director in March 2018, having joined BMF as a creative director in 2016 from her previous role at Foxtel, where she was a Freelance Creative Director. Following her arrival at BMF, she worked across brands such as McDonald’s, Carefree, Arnott’s, Berlei, TAL, Bonds, BWS, UN Women and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, while her work has picked up awards at NY Festivals, Clio, AWARD, Cannes, Effies, Media Federation, Caples, and Spikes Asia. Speirs also worked at DDB Sydney as Creative Director for six years, with clients such as Telstra, Lipton and Johnson & Johnson.

Commenting on her new challenge, Speirs said, "When I look at a lot of Rothco's work, like JFK Unsilenced, the #takenotice breast cancer campaign on the Molly Malone Statue, Sleeping Flags – it all has that perfect combination of creativity, innovation and craft… So the opportunity to go and be a part of that, and work with the awesome people I’ve met so far, was far too good to say no to. I can’t wait to get over there and get stuck in.”

Remarking on Speirs’ arrival, Kelly added, "I am chuffed we have poached someone as incredibly talented as Jen Speirs. I think it’s a testament to the work we are doing in Rothco that we are attracting world-class talent like Jen to these shores. Jen is a super addition to the team as she is both gifted and decent, two qualities we always look for when we hire. I also may have told her that Dublin's weather is pretty much the same as Sydney's – hopefully, she hasn't fact-checked this yet."

Related: Accenture's push into the creative sector is an identity crisis.