Former CEO of KPMG Sweden joins A&M in the Nordics

07 September 2017

As the playing field continues to level due to new, tighter audit rotation rules, Alvarez & Marsal have confirmed another capture of senior talent from a Big Four consulting firm. Helene Willberg, formerly KPMG's CEO for Sweden, has joined A&M as a co-leader of the firm’s new Stockholm practice.

In the latest in a succession of appointments sourced from Big Four outfits, Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) have drafted in Helene Willberg as a Managing Director for the firm’s new Stockholm office. A&M is hoping to hit the ground running in the region, and the hire of the former KPMG Sweden CEO has all the hallmarks of a statement of intent, as well as a move geared toward the straight-forward strengthening of the firm’s capabilities in the region. The Nordics are seeing increasing economic growth, with the region’s banking sector presently rivalling that of Switzerland, and the consulting market is continuing to expand in the region correspondingly.

The addition of Willberg sees A&M seek to build on the firm’s Nordic expansion strategy, and addresses market demand for independent professional services offerings amidst changing pan-European regulatory requirements. Willberg is recognised as a leading transaction advisory professional, and in her new role she will advise clients on complex initial public offering (IPO) and merger and acquisition (M&A) situations, counsel multinational corporations on corporate governance and value creation issues, and work with private equity firms on transaction due diligence. She and fellow Stockholm-based A&M Managing Director will also serve as co-leaders of A&M’s Nordic practice.

Helene Willberg - Co-leader of Stockholm practice A&M

A Master in Business Administration, having obtained a post-graduate degree from the Stockholm School of Economics, Helene Willberg held numerous senior roles at KPMG prior to joining A&M. These included twin four year stints as CEO of Sweden and Head of KPMG Financial Advisory Services. Willberg has worked extensively creating transformation for companies across multiple sectors including consumer goods, manufacturing, logistics, real estate, and the process industry. In addition to this, she has served as partner in charge of audit for publicly-traded companies.

Antonio Alvarez III, Managing Director and A&M’s European Practice leader, said of the firm’s new hire, “As we’ve seen in the U.K. and Europe, and increasingly the Nordics, A&M’s platform provides an independent and attractive alternative to both companies and professionals. Our European practices have grown more than 30 percent over the past two years. Helene’s appointment solidifies A&M’s position to add value to clients seeking non-audit services and the provision of conflict-free solutions.”

Privately held since 1983, A&M now has more than 300 professionals serving major private equity and multinational corporates across Europe, having grown exponentially over the past five years from a total of roughly 30 people. The arrival of Willberg follows a continued period of expansion, which has seen a number of senior consultants join the firm from Big Four consultancies. Earlier in the year, the arrival of Paul Kirkbright and Ben Cairns, formerly of KPMG and EY respectively, came on the back of a host of senior partners joining from Big Four firm KPMG, in response to rapidly growing regulatory requirements which have given the dominant firms’ competitors a new lease of life.

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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.