Carlo Gagliardi leaves PwC Strategy& to join PA's digital business

12 September 2017

The head of Strategy&’s UK digital team, Carlo Gagliardi, has left the firm to join rival PA Consulting Group in London. At PA, Gagliardi has been appointed a partner in the firm’s digital transformation team. 

Carlo Gagliardi has over 25 years of experience in management consulting, during which he has supported dozens of organisations in the private sector, spanning the telco, media, technology, utilities, energy, hospitality, retail & consumer, and industrial sectors. Prior to joining PA, Gagliardi served PwC for over six years. In his most recent role, he led the digital practice of Strategy& – PwC’s strategy consulting arm formed in 2014 after the Big Four firm acquired Booz & Company, with earlier roles including serving as a partner in PwC’s Strategy and Customer Market service lines. 

Gagliardi joined PwC in 2011 as part of the acquisition of PRTM – at PRTM, the senior advisor was a partner and head of the Customer Experience Innovation Practice, focused on, among others, sales, marketing and service propositions. Earlier in his career Gagliardi worked nearly a decade for Accenture, where he delivered several projects, mainly in the field of sales & marketing at clients in the telco and media sectors.

Per the first of this month the Italian origin consultant joined PA Consulting Group as a senior member of its digital transformation wing – one of the fastest growing offerings of the employee-owned consultancy. Commenting on the high-profile addition, Anita Chandraker, global head of digital consulting at PA, said she is delighted to welcome Gagliardi, stating “His appointment reflects the growth in demand for our digital expertise and he brings extensive experience that will be highly valued across our global client base.”

Carlo Gagliardi - Partner - PA Consulting Group

Chandraker describes Gagliardi as an experienced Board advisor, with a track record in successful digital transformation for large clients both in the UK and internationally. Meanwhile, Gagliardi is also a well-known expert on digital topics – insights drawn from research he (co-)authored have been published in the Harvard Business Review, Financial Times and, and he also works as a guest lecturer at Cass Business School, where he delivers sessions on digital transformation and disruption. 

“I am delighted to be joining the Digital Team at PA Consulting Group as a Partner, leading on taking our Digital Transformation offer to market,” said Gagliardi. He added the he believes his new employer has “unparalleled experience and capabilities to help clients win” in today’s digital age, remarking “With data and flexibility becoming the real fuels of competitive advantage, business and technology leaders have to work together much more than in the past, and truly promote innovation. I believe PA is uniquely placed to help clients succeed. PA, with its long history of successfully developing and implementing new ideas and delivering change that makes a real difference to clients makes it an exciting place to work and I am delighted to be joining the team.” 

Last year, PA poached another executive advisor in the UK from a rival firm: Ken Allan, who formerly led EY's global Information Security unit, joined PA Consulting Group as the lead of its digital trust team. 

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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.