Nancy Hawthorne joins Board of Charles River Associates

14 January 2015

Global consulting firm Charles River Associates has recently added Nancy Hawthorne to its Board of Directors. Hawthorne, a veteran executive, will serve on the Company’s Audit Committee.

Nancy Hawthorne has more than 30 years of experience in executive and management positions. As Chief Financial Officer of Continental Cablevision she was responsible for the treasury, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, and accounting functions, and oversaw the company’s financial strategy and capital markets activities. During her spell, she led more than 50 M&A transactions and raised more than $10 billion through dozens of transactions, including private equity placements and public and private placements of debt. Following Continental Cablevision’s merger with US West, she became an Executive Vice President of the merged company, MediaOne. Prior to joining Continental, she was a banker at Citibank and Bankers Trust Company.

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Hawthorne currently serves on the Boards of the MetLife Funds and THL Credit, where she is a member of their Audit Committees and Nominating and Governance Committees. She is Lead Director of Avid Technology, where she has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1997. At Avid Technology, she has also served as Chairman of the Board, interim CEO, and a member of the Compensation Committee, and is currently a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee and the Audit Committee.

In addition, her prior not-for-profit Board service includes membership on the Finance Committee and in other roles with New England Medical Center and Wellesley Centers for Women. She is currently a member of the Financial Executives Institute, of which she is a past President of the Boston chapter, and previously served as a member of the Wellesley College Investment Committee. She also serves on the CEO Advisory Board of the Harvard Business School Association. Hawthorne received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. degree from Wellesley College. She also holds a certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University.

“Nancy Hawthorne is an outstanding business advisor, and it is a pleasure to welcome her to the Board of Directors of Charles River Associates,” says CRA’s President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Maleh. “We believe her business experience will be highly valuable to CRA and our future growth strategy.” Hawthorne on her new role: “I am honoured to join the Board of Charles River Associates, and look forward to contributing to the continued success of this leading consulting firm.”

Paul Maleh and Nancy Hawthorne - Charles River Associates

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With the addition of Hawthorne, CRA’s Board of Directors currently consists of eight executives: Rowland Moriarty (Chairman), Paul Maleh (President and CEO), William Concannon (Director), Nancy Hawthorne (Director), Robert Holthausen (Director), Ronald Maheu (Director), Thomas Robertson (Director) and William  Schleyer (Director).

Charles River Associates was founded in 1965 and has 20 offices in North America and Europe. Besides its own consulting footprint, CRA is also the parent company of Marakon, a global management consultancy with offices in Chicago, New York, Boston and London, which it acquired in 2009.

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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.