L.E.K appoints 3 senior staff globally to bolster health and life science offerings

24 August 2017 Consultancy.uk

Global management consultancy L.E.K Consulting has appointed new senior staff in both its Singapore office and its Healthcare Services Executive Network, as the firm bids to strengthen its life sciences and health industry. Former PwC Senior Consultant Fabio La Mola returns to L.E.K having left in 2013, to work as a Partner in Singapore, while Leeba Lessing and Jenni Vargas have both been added to L.E.K’s Healthcare Services outfit.

L.E.K. Consulting has appointed Fabio La Mola as a Partner in the Singapore office, to strengthen the firm’s global life sciences, strategy and strategy activation practices in the Southeast Asian region. La Mola, who previously worked in L.E.K.’s London and Shanghai offices, returns to the firm after three years with technology and data giant QuintilesIMS in Singapore, where he led the regional consulting team. Earlier in his career, La Mola worked for Big Four firm PwC as a Senior Consultant between 1998 and 2002, having first gained a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management and a Business Administration Degree from Bocconi University in Milan.

Having acquired an array of expertise in advising organisations across life sciences and healthcare on strategy development, go-to-market planning, among other fields, Zafar Momin, senior partner and head of L.E.K’s Southeast Asian operations believes La Mola is exactly the right fit for the firm’s new Partnership. Momin said, “Fabio’s recent experience, along with his previous knowledge of L.E.K.’s approach, strengthens our client growth offerings in life sciences and healthcare in Southeast Asia. As a leading advisor on both business strategy and implementation, L.E.K. believes in investing in the top talent across all sectors to deliver insights and impact to help grow for our clients’ businesses.”

Fabio Mola, Leeba Lessing and Jenni Vargas - LEK

L.E.K had also recently expanded its Healthcare Services Executive Network, with the addition of Leeba Lessin, a former medical management and care delivery system executive, and Jenni Vargas, a former healthcare system executive. With health costs steadily increasing globally, consulting firms able to tap into the market for advisory services in healthcare and life sciences stand to benefit from an increasingly lucrative market. The L.E.K. Healthcare Services Executive Network is a partnership between global management consulting firm L.E.K. and experienced healthcare executives and industry leaders, aimed at enhancing the performance of leading organisations in the sector.

Leeba Lessin is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of CareMore Health System, a health plan and care delivery system for Medicare and Medicaid patients, creating a highly-regarded medical management and care model for the care of chronic patients during her tenure. She is also the former President of the Southern and Northern California operations of PacifiCare, a health insurance company that is now part of UnitedHealth Group, and holds a BA from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, and an MBA from the University of Washington.

Jenni Vargas is the former Chief Strategy Officer at Stanford Health Care meanwhile, a health system associated with Stanford University, developing and launching both Stanford Health Care Alliance, an Accountable Care Organization for self-insured employers, and Stanford Health Care Advantage, a Medicare Advantage plan in California during her time in the role. Vargas holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA.

“Our clients must navigate a challenging and ever-evolving business and regulatory environment. Lessin and Vargas’ first-hand knowledge of the industry and C-suite perspective further enhance our Healthcare Services Executive Network and the services we provide our clients,” said Joan Kim, Managing Director and Head of L.E.K.’s Healthcare Services practice for the Americas.

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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.