Peter Bodin named as Grant Thornton's new Global CEO-elect

24 May 2017 Consultancy.uk

Grant Thornton International, one of the world’s largest professional service networks, has voted to elect Peter Bodin as its new world-wide CEO. He is charged with the execution of the firm’s Growing Together 2020 strategy, along with overall responsibility for the network’s collective staff of over 47,000. He begins in the role at the start of 2018.

Peter Bodin joined Grant Thornton Sweden in 1996, working initially as a Managing Partner in the firm’s Östersund Office, before stepping into the same in Göteborg, in 1998. In 2000 he became the CEO of Grant Thornton Sweden, a role he held for more than fifteen years – his tenure saw the firm grow its footprint in the country to revenues of £114 million and staff of 1,100. In 2003 he became a member of the firm’s board – holding a number of high level roles on the Strategy, Governance and Enterprise Risk committees since.

Bodin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Mittuniversitetet, having also completed numerous leadership programmes, including prestigious courses at Stockholm School of Economics Executive Education, the University of Oxford, the Said Business School, the Harvard Business School Executive Education, and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

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Grant Thornton International, which is headquartered in London and represents the firm’s global entity, named Bodin as its new CEO elect in mid-May, however he will not formally take office until January 1st 2018. Bodin captured unanimous support from the firm’s board, with the CEOs of all 14 member firms across its global operation and the votes of two independent directors backing his selection in a process overseen by external experts.

In his new role he will support the firm’s global operation, for an initial term of five years and work to develop and implement the firm’s key business goals, including its Growing Together 2020 strategy. The role sees him succeed Ed Nusbaum, who has been in the role for the past eight years, in the last of which the firm announced record global revenues of $4.8 billion.

Commenting on his new role, Peter Bodin said he was “honoured and excited” to have been given this opportunity to lead Grant Thornton into what he hopes is a new era of growth and expansion. He added, “I have always believed sustainable business success is built on having the right people, leadership and culture. My role will be to create an environment that allows Grant Thornton people and firms to collaborate, not just with each other but with clients and other stakeholders, to grow into the world’s best professional services organisation. That means building an innovative brand that stands out in the marketplace and having a resolute focus on digital transformation - - of our own business and for our clients around the world.”

Meanwhile, Scott Barnes, Chair of Grant Thornton International’s Board of Governors said of Bodin’s election, “As a former Chair of the Board, Peter has deep knowledge of the global organisation and will inspire confidence in our CEOs. He has a reputation for coaching and developing people at every level and I believe his passion for people and leadership and his open, transparent style will resonate with the next generation at Grant Thornton.”

The UK arm of Grant Thornton, one of the firm's larger member organsiations (revenues of £521 million), is led by Sacha Romanovitch, who succeeded Scott Barnes in the summer of 2015.

Related: Grant Thornton doubles global revenues in 10 years.

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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.