Bain & Company partner Philippe De Backer joins Korn Ferry Hay Group

29 August 2017

Philippe De Backer, a 25 year veteran of Bain & Company, has left the strategy consultancy to join the Korn Ferry Hay Group in Dubai.

De Backer most recently served as Partner in the firm’s Financial Services practice, overseeing several strategic clients in the Middle East, as well as being responsible for intellectual capital and senior talent development. The experienced consultant joined Bain & Company in the Boston office in 1992, and later on played an instrumental role in co-founding the Brussels and Amsterdam offices. In addition, De Backer spearheaded the creation and development of the European Financial Service Practice and later moved to the Paris office (2004) to develop Bain’s presence in the French consulting market, an industry today valued at around €4.1 billion.

In March 2010, De Backer moved to the Dubai office to grow Bain’s Financial Services activities in the broader Middle East region – where he additionally co-led the global Financial Services practice until July 2015.

Prior to working for Bain, De Backer was Worldwide Managing Partner of the Carre, Orban & Partners, a consultancy acquired by Korn-Ferry in 1993, and before that, CEO of ADB, an electronics company part of the Siemens Group. De Backer’s areas of focus range from corporate strategy, business unit strategy, growth strategy and operations improvement to organisational structure.

Philippe De Backer - Korn Ferry Hay Group

He brings more than 20 years of expertise in financial services, insurance and capital markets to his new Senior Client Partner role at Korn Ferry Hay Group, the HR consultancy arm of Korn Ferry. The Korn Ferry Hay Group was established two years ago when Korn Ferry acquired Hay Group for a fee of $452 million. 

Commenting on the addition, Mark Arian, CEO of Korn Ferry Hay Group – he succeeded Steve Kaye in Q2 this year – said, “Philippe brings impeccable credentials to our firm. He is an advisor to CEOs and boards worldwide and is widely regarded for his deep financial services and corporate strategy expertise. His entrepreneurial tenacity, relationship-oriented approach and keen understanding of the talent and leadership issues impacting global organisations will be an invaluable asset as we continue to expand our reach and solutions.”

Earlier this year Karen Jamesley, a former Morgan Stanley executive, joined Korn Ferry Hay Group as a Senior Client Partner in the firm’s Executive Pay & Governance practice.


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.