Alvarez & Marsal hires Jeffrey Relf and Suman Jagdev

11 April 2017

Alvarez & Marsal has hired Jeffrey Relf, formerly a Managing Director at FocalPoint Advisory Services, as Managing Director in the firm’s Corporate Performance Improvement practice, based in Houston. The firm has also picked up Suman Jagdev, formerly at Strategy& where he was a Director and Leader of the firm’s Emerging Markets Centre, who joins as Senior Director and lead within the firm's Corporate Solutions practice.

Jeffrey Relf, prior to joining Alvarez & Marsal (A&M), worked at FocalPoint Advisory Services as a Managing Director, focused on supporting executive level business strategy development. He was previously at the BG Group since 2009, most recently as Head of North America Supply Chain, prior to which, ending in 2012, he was Chief Information Officer. He started his career at Accenture where he worked for 23 years, working his way up to the role of Managing Partner.

Relf holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona, Eller College of Management. In addition, he holds a Certification in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) by the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS).

Relf joins A&M as a Managing Director in the firm’s Corporate Performance Improvement practice. He brings more than 30 years of experience to the role, focused extensively on advising energy sector clients around supply chain management, which has most recently revolved around operating profitably in a low commodity price environment.

“The current landscape provides U.S. companies with strong opportunities and incentives to participate in oil and gas expansion in onshore and offshore energy operations. In this environment, trade deals are important now more than ever. Jeff is a seasoned professional with in-depth supply chain knowledge and insights, who has been instrumental in numerous purchasing and contract negotiations. His extensive experience with energy sector supply chain issues will benefit our clients,” said Michael Davidson, a Managing Director in the firm’s Corporate Performance Improvement practice.

Suman Jagdev and Jeffrey Relf - A&M

Suman Jagdev, prior to joining A&M, worked at Strategy& (now Part of PwC) as a Director and Leader of the firm’s Emerging Markets Centre, for four years from 2013; he focused predominantly on the automotive and industrial equipment sectors. He previously spent a year at Deloitte Innovation in India, as a Senior Manager. Earlier in his career he worked at Accenture for almost seven years, most recently as a Project Leader.

Jagdev holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science and completed a post graduate diploma in business management from Xavier Institute of Management.

Jagdev joins the consulting firm’s Corporate Solutions practice as a Senior Director and lead the Automotive and Industrial sectors within the practice, focused on transaction advisory and performance improvement. He adds more than fifteen years of experience in the areas of growth and business transformation programmes across automotive, industrial equipment, Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC), metals and mining sectors.

Commenting on the appointment, Manish Saigal, Managing Director with A&M India, remarks, “Given, the Indian auto industry is one of the largest in the world; we see immense potential and opportunities for growth. Suman’s hire demonstrates our commitment to provide clients with the exceptional operations and transformation solutions that help drive change and create value.”

Jagdev says about his new role at the firm, “A&M brings more than three decades of global heritage, pioneering turnaround and performance improvement solutions, and has established a strong foothold in the Indian market across its business offerings. I look forward to working with A&M’s automotive and industrials clients to strengthen the performance of their holding companies, affiliates and portfolio businesses.”

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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019

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.