Parthenon-EY and FIS executives join Board of Guardian Life Insurance

23 August 2017

Guardian Life Insurance has appointed professional services industry veterans Christopher Jenny, formerly President & Senior Partner at Parthenon-EY, and Gary Norcross, the President and CEO of FIS, as independent non-executive directors to its board of directors.

Christopher Jenny works as a Senior Advisor at Parthenon-EY, where he has been for the past three years. His history with the legal predecessor of firm, The Parthenon Group, prior to Parthenon’s acquisition by EY in 2014, however, spans more than 19 years. Earlier in his career he worked at Health Management International as its President, during his tenure from 1988 until 1995. He started his career at Bain & Company in 1979, rising to the role of Partner over the course of his 9 year tenure, having previously obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Math/Urban Studies from Dartmouth College and a Master of Business Administration in Business Administration and Management from the Harvard Business School.

Gary Norcross currently serves as CEO of Fidelity National Information Services (FIS), a technology consulting firm for the financial srvices industry. Prior to joining FIS, Norcross worked at Alltel Information Services in varying roles, including Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Community Banking segment over a seven-year period, having begun his career at Systematics in 1988. Norcross holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Chris Jenny and Gary Norcross - Guardian

The veterans of the financial services and consulting industry have been elected to the Board of Guardian Life Insurance as non-executive Directors for a term of three-years. Jenny brings extensive consultancy experience to the role, including advising senior management on corporate strategy and profit improvement programmes throughout his career and on other major boards, including that of CBRE. Norcross brings more than three decades of financial services insights to the role.

Commenting on the selection of the two, Deanna Mulligan, President and CEO of the insurance company, said that Guardian Life was “delighted” to welcome Jenny and Norcross to the Board. She added, “They have each achieved tremendous success in their careers and are well-respected for their management expertise and strategic counsel. I look forward to their contributions at Guardian to help us deliver on our mission to be the trusted mutual partner for our customers.”


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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.