Navigant boosts Energy practice with six senior advisors

26 June 2017

Navigant, has boosted its Global Energy advisory capacity with the addition of six new experts. The hires include two new managing directors, John Roddy and Ted Walker, and four new directors, René Groot Bruinderink, Andrew Johnston, Laura Manz, and Konstantin Staschus.

Concern around the long-term effects of climate change have in recent years, spurred governments globally to enter into the Paris Agreement as a means to limit warming globally to well below 2.0 C. A wide range of stakeholders, from businesses to local governments and citizens, have also begun work to boost the sustainability of their wider supply chains and behaviours.

In the energy sector this means, in some segments, disruption. Utilities face changing consumer demand as distributed energy generation becomes more common, while investors face stranded assets as technology, economics and reality come to rapidly favor renewable energy.

To support clients deal with rapid changes, Navigant, a global management, organisation and transformation consultancy firm that recently acquired Ecofys, is expanding its global Energy wing with the addition of six senior advisors.

John Roddy, Ted Walker, Rene Groot Bruinderink, Andrew Johnston, Laura Manz and Konstantin Staschus

Six new senior advisors

John Roddy joins the firm from his work as an independent consultant. He previously held leadership positions at Accenture and Black & Veatch. He brings more than 25 years of energy sector experience to the firm, and takes on the role of Managing Director and is tasked with supporting the firm’s clients develop strategy and sustain operations in light of changes.

Former Accenture employee Ted Walker was a Managing Director at the strategy advisory. He has extensive knowledge in the areas of distributed energy resources, alternative transportation fuels, and joins the Navigant as a Managing Director, to focus on creating key vision related to the energy transformation.

René Groot Bruinderink worked at RWE and its successor Innogy, for ten years – most recently as a Partner in its the in-house consulting unit in the Netherlands and Belgium. He joins Navigant as a Director, and will focus on the bridging the gap between government policies, technological innovation, and end-user looking to create low carbon strategies for clients.

Andrew Johnston background is at for Zpryme where he was a President in its energy segment. His expertise is largely in aligning policy and programme execution with the larger strategic priorities of utilities. He takes on the role of Director at Navigant, focused on strategic and client-centric approach to smart city opportunities though, among others, focus on local contexts and precedents.

Laura Manz joins Navigant from California ISO where she was a Vice President of market and infrastructure development and a Senior Vice President at Viridity Energy. She joins the firm as a Director, and will leverage her extensive knowledge of transmission and performance excellence to support clients in the area of guidance and source innovative solutions.

The former Secretary-General of ENTSO-E and Managing Director at VDN Konstantin Staschus brings over 30 years of experience to the firm and takes on the role of Director. He will focus his expertise on business and strategic issues pertaining to transmission.

Commenting on the hires, said Jan Vrins, Leader of Navigant’s global Energy segment, hoped the collective hiring would help prepare the firm for complex decisions around emerging technologies, industry changes, and operational excellence.

Vrins concluded, “Collectively, John, Ted, René, Andrew, Laura, and Konstantin represent more than a century of relevant experience, and individually they are already helping our clients navigate a steady path forward based on strategic advice and unique industry perspectives."

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Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

23 April 2019

Sergio Cardoso, Matt Maltz, Jessica Patel, Marc Roberts and Nick Warner have been appointed as partners at Grant Thornton. With the company undergoing a year of transition under new leadership, the new members will help consolidate the firm’s offering as it looks to reach new levels of growth in 2019.

2019 sees Grant Thornton’s UK wing undergoing a process of transformation. As the group looks to ensure its teams “provide the right level of support for profitable growth” and create an environment that “makes it easier for our people to do great work”, the firm has announced a succession of senior appointments across its regional divisions.

In February, this saw Chris Petts and James Bulloss named Partner and Director in the North East and Yorkshire respectively. Now, the UK’s sixth-largest auditing and consulting firm has confirmed the installation of a further five Partners across its UK team.

Sergio Cardoso is a long-standing Grant Thornton employee, having joined from Daniel Auerbach & Company – where he was an Accountant – in 2005. Cardoso rose steadily through the ranks since then, taking up his most recent role as Audit and Assurance Director in 2015. In that role, he focused on dynamic, fast-growing and entrepreneurial private companies, as well as multinational and AIM-listed groups. He now takes up the position of Partner in Grant Thornton’s audit practice.

Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

Nick Warner has been appointed as a partner in Grant Thornton’s VAT team based in London. Bringing more than 20 years of experience in tax to the role, Warner joins the firm from Moore Stephens, where he most recently was VAT Partner, during a five-year stay with the firm. Prior to that, Warner was a Partner in VAT at BDO and PKF UK. He also spent five years at HMRC as a Higher Executive Officer.

Matt Maltz is the first of three Partner appointments in Grant Thornton’s real estate tax division. A former EY Partner in real estate tax, Maltz spent 17 years with the Big Four firm. In his new position with Grant Thornton, he will tackle similar client areas, as a Partner in real estate tax.

Jessica Patel has also been promoted as a Partner in the firm’s real estate tax practice, having been with the firm for more than 15 years. Patel joined Grant Thornton as a trainee in 2003. She is a licensed member of both the Association of Tax Technicians and the Chartered Institute of Taxation. As a Partner, Patel will advise a wide variety of clients ranging from UK property investors and developers to overseas investors and property funds.

Marc Roberts is another Big Four alumnus to join Grant Thornton as a Partner. Roberts exited EY to take up his new position, having been an Associate Partner and real estate advisory lead at the company. With more than 25 years of experience in the financial services sector, Roberts also formerly held a Directorship and headed the corporate finance real estate advisory team at fellow Big Four firm PwC.