BCG advisor in Board of British American Tobacco

26 January 2015

Dimitri Panayotopoulos, senior advisor with the Consumer Practice of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) – and former Board Member at Procter & Gamble – will starting on the 2nd of February 2015 take up the role of Board Member at British American Tobacco, one of the globe's largest Tabaco suppliers.

Panayotopoulos looks back on a long and influential career, with 37 years at Procter & Gamble (P&G), one of the largest suppliers of household and care products, where Panayotopoulos fulfilled several management roles in sales and general management. Important milestones include his promotion to head of the Chinese country organisation in 1999, and his promotion to region manager of Eastern Europe, the Middle-East and Africa two years later. More recently, he led various business units at P&G (Fabric Care, Household Care), before growing to the role of vice chairman of the board and advisor to the Chief Executive Officer.

Dimitri Panayotopoulos - BCG

Mid-2014 Panayotopoulos decided to, after 37 years at P&G, embrace a new challenge, taking up a role as Senior advisor within BCG’s Consumer Practice. From the base in BCG’s Amsterdam’s office, he managed large engagements in the retail and FMCG industry, and contributed to thought leadership. Panayotopoulos also set his expertise into innovation and go-to-go market strategies for a diverse range of assignments in the fast developing China.

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Last week it became known that Panayotopoulos was appointed to the board of British American Tobacco, one of the largest suppliers of tobacco products in the world. Beside his appointment, Sue Farr, CEO of PR-organisation Chime Communications and Pedro Malan, Brazil’s ex-Finance Minister and ex-head of Banco Central do Brazil, were also appointed to the board.

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That strategy consulting is an incubator for further career opportunity at the top is well known. Big firms, such as McKinsey & Company, BCG and Bain & Company have thousands of alumni globally that lead corporations and/or business units, serving as leader boards and in many cases also 'sales ambassadors' for their previous consultancy employer(s).

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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.