Mark Elkins joins McKinsey & Company as a Partner in London

08 September 2017

McKinsey & Company have pried Coca-Cola’s Vice President of Digital Sales away from the soft drinks giant to become a Partner at the firm’s London office. Mark Elkins joins the consultancy following 11 years with Coke.

Mark Elkins has joined McKinsey as a Partner. Taking up a position in the consulting firm’s London office, he will apply his extensive marketing experience for his new role, which is focused on growing the business through marketing and sales.

Elkins spent 11 years at Coca-Cola, including a four year spell as Vice President of Digital Sales, two years as a Commercial Director, three years as a Strategy and Insights Director, and an initial year as a Strategic Projects Director. Preceding this, he spent eight years at Marakon Associates, where he worked as a Senior Manager (2005), Manager (2004), Consultant (2000), Associate Consultant (1998), having begun his career at engineering consulting industry players Arup, where he spent over a year as a Façade Design Engineer. Elkins holds an MBA in Marketing, Innovation and Strategy, which he obtained from INSEAD, following a MEng in Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College London.

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News of Elkins' move comes in the wake of other changes to Coke's marketing team across the globe, including the high profile departures of global Chief Marketing Officer Marcos de Quinto in March and Ivan Pollard, Senior Vice President of Coca-Cola North America, two months later. Other senior management changes at Coke have included the stepping down of Chief Executive Muhtar Kent in December last year.

As part of the brand’s new marketing direction, this summer, Coke launched a pair of crowdsourcing challenges in an attempt to find new natural calorie-free sweeteners that could be used in its drinks. The company is offering a $1 million (£774,000) prize for whomever comes up with the "next stevia".

McKinsey, meanwhile, are pursuing the expansion of their design and digital offering, having recently obtained Swedish agency Veryday to that end. Elkins’ background in marketing will further contribute to the firm’s marketing capabilities.

The hire comes at an important time for McKinsey & Company, as the management consulting firm is ramping up its digital footpint in the light of the rapidly growing digital transformation market.

McKinsey have also seen a number of senior advisors depart in recent months. As of September 1st, Frank Mattern, Global Head of Recruiting and member of the firm’s highest body, retired from the firm to pursue his own consultancy work at corporates and support various start-ups with accelerating their growth. Senior US Partner Tim Welsh opted to leave the firm to join US Bancorp, while Consultant Jonathan Bailey moved on to Neuberger Berman.

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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.