BearingPoint invests in analyst relations with senior hire from Gartner

13 November 2017

BearingPoint has merged three of its service areas within its marketing vertical in a bid to advance its marketing and analyst relations. The newly created Market Influence and Knowledge (MIK) group consolidates BearingPoint Institute, Analyst Relations and Knowledge Assets, and is led by Julie Short.

With revenues of over €620 million, BearingPoint is one of the globe’s larger management and technology consulting firms. As part of the group’s growth ambition, which revolves around breaking through the €1 billion revenue barrier in 2020, the firm has put in place a wide ranging development programme for its services, people and internal operations.

The merging of BearingPoint Institute, Analyst Relations and Knowledge Assets is one of the initiatives that has cascaded from the overarching programme, in a move that is projected to advance the maturity of all three functions. BearingPoint Institute is BearingPoint’s arm that is responsible for its thought leadership, which spans the creation of white papers, market insights and best practice documents. BearingPoint Institute is what McKinsey Global Institute (the globe’s top private sector think tank) is for McKinsey & Company, BCG Perspectives is for The Boston Consulting Group and Strategy+Business is for Strategy&.

Julie Short & Kiumars Hamidian

The Analyst Relations unit is the firm’s service that support industry and functional analysts with insights on the firm’s capabilities and client performance. The arm plays a key role in how BearingPoint is cited in analyst reports and presented in client perception studies. Testimony to its portfolio and track record, BearingPoint is today one of the most proclaimed consultancies in the field, among analysts including the likes of ALM, Gartner, Kennedy, IDC, Forrester and Source Global Research. In one of its latest scoops, BearingPoint was named one of the globe's best consulting firms for digital HR by ALM, while Chartis Research early November honoured the firm with a Chartis RiskTech100 2018 award in the category “Regulatory Reporting”.

Knowledge Assets is the wing that oversees how knowledge within the consultancy firm is stored and dispersed effectively across geographies, industry/function groups and different consultant levels.

Julie Short

To lead the newly formed Market Influence and Knowledge group, BearingPoint has brought Julie Short on board, who brings with her more than 30 years of professional experience. Short was a Senior Manager at both Deloitte and EY, held high level IT roles at various companies, and most recently was responsible for business consulting services at research firm Gartner. She has been tasked with supporting BearingPoint’s three business units – Consulting, Solutions, and Ventures – to position the firm as a market leader.

Commenting on her new challenge, Short said “It is a great pleasure to join BearingPoint, a management and technology consultancy with tremendous capabilities and integrity both in the European market and its global reach for international clients. I look forward to leveraging my experience and abilities to support the firm in reaching its 2020 goals and beyond.”

“We are truly delighted that Julie will enrich the BearingPoint team in this key role with her unique expertise in the analyst world,” said Kiumars Hamidian, Partner at BearingPoint. “She has in-depth knowledge of the consulting and solutions industries and is highly respected in the analyst community. I look forward to working closely with her.”


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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.