EY's Mark Weinberger most popular CEO of Big Four firms

01 June 2017 Consultancy.uk

Owler has unveiled the winners and losers of its international popularity contest, releasing a list of the most liked CEOs in the management consulting industry. The rankings are based on a narrow dataset of firms and CEOs, so does not provide a complete view of the consulting industry elite, however, it does provide interesting insights among those that have made the ranking. EY’s Mark Weinberger for instance outranks Deloitte’s Punit Renjen, and KPMG’s Lynne Doughtie, while BCG’s Rich Lesser can call himself the most beloved CEO of the MBB strategy consulting firms.

Founded in 2011, Owler is a competitive intelligence platform that hosts one of the world's largest databases of company and executive information. The company’s analysts utilised this resource-pool in order to crowdsource data for the poll in question. To calculate the approval ratings of the top bosses, rather than using a one person one vote system, Owler evaluated criteria for every person who rated the CEO. Inputs from employees, followers, competitors and other stakeholders were weighted differently in the model, with an algorithm ensuring that multiple inputs could not be submitted by the same individual. 

The numbers subsequently gleaned from the firm’s database, which includes over 167,000 executives world-wide, showed large variations in how the perception of CEOs differs across sectors – however, with an average score of 70 on a scale of 100, CEOs in consulting ranked #15 in the firm’s top 25 industries list, suggesting that compared to other industries, CEOs leading at consulting companies are in the middle of the road when it comes to favourability. Top rated CEOs meanwhile generally worked in the Marketing & Creative, Automobile and Insurance sectors.

Mark Weinberger, Punit Renjen and Lynne Doughtie

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Within consulting, Mark Weinberger, EY’s global CEO since 2013, has been named the most likeable CEO in the professional services industry according to the results, followed by Punit Renjen, who took the helm at Deloitte in 2015. They both outrank Lynne Doughtie of KPMG, and significantly higher than PwC chairman Dennis M. Nally, who does not even rank on the list, leaving the Big Four incomplete. Owler’s analysts have not revealed as to why PwC’s equivalent CEO hasn’t been included – this could be due to confusion surrounding his alternative title, or because he received too few reviews from the active user base of the community, which is over a million strong. 

The table of most likeable CEOs further revealed that Rich Lesser of BCG, scored slightly higher than Bain’s Bob Bechek, while both polled firmly ahead of Dominic Barton of McKinsey & Company, the largest of the three strategy consulting firms. 

Other CEOs highlighted in the ranking were Accenture’s Pierre Nanterme, Horacio D. Rozanski of Booz Allen Hamilton and Gregory C. Case from Aon. Julio A. Portalatin, the global boss of Mercer, outranks one of his main rivals, Gary D. Burnison of Korn Ferry, who also has end responsibility for the firm’s Hay Group division.

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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.