Cyril Garcia Chief Executive of Capgemini Consulting

18 February 2015

Capgemini has named Cyril Garcia the new CEO of its management consultancy business, Capgemini Consulting. Garcia succeeds Xavier Hochet, who led the business for the past two years. The new executive joins from internal ranks, serving previously as CEO of Capgemini Consulting’s French and Spanish country organisations.

Cyril Garcia has a long service record at Capgemini. In 1993 he joined Bossard Consultants, a French-based consultancy acquired by Capgemini in 1997. In the first decade at the firm Garcia contributed to dozens of large transformations in the services, utilities and media sectors. In 2002, he was promoted to Vice President and became responsible for the French public sector in Capgemini Ernst & Young, the unit launched after Capgemini’s $11 billion acquisition of Ernst & Young Consulting*.

Six years later, in 2008, Garcia became the French arm’s Head of Business Development, a position held for two years, after which he was promoted to Strategy Director for Capgemini Group. He in addition was granted a position in the firm’s Group Executive Committee, working alongside among others Paul Hermelin, who has been the chairman and CEO of the Capgemini Group since his appointment in December 2001. Most recently Garcia served as CEO of Capgemini Consulting France and Capgemini Consulting Spain.

Cyril Garcia - Paul Hermelin and Xavier Hochet

On the back of a strong spell in France and Spain, Hermelin and his Executive team have appointed Garcia as global CEO of its management consultancy business, with around 4,000 employees one of Europe's biggest management consulting companies. Garcia succeeds Xavier Hochet, who led Capgemini Consulting since April 2013 who in turn replaced the Frenchman Pierre-Yves Cros. Under Hochet’s leadership the consultancy rebounded from the crisis years, and in particular made strong strides in the area of thought leadership. A few months ago the firm was named the second-best creator of thought leadership in the consulting industry, testimony to its in-depth research into mainly digital transformation, often in conjunction with MIT and more recently Altimeter Group. When Hochet first took up his new role, Capgemini’s consulting unit was ranked #15 in the list.

Garcia has been tasked with the responsibility to grow the firm’s footprint in key markets such France, the UK, the Netherlands and Spain, as well as bolster its market position in upcoming regions. From a functional perspective, topics which sit high on Garcia’s agenda include Big Data, cyber security, people transformation and IT deployments. Another key area includes further boosting the firm’s reputation in the marketplace – last year Capgemini Consulting was named one of the top 20 most prestigious management consulting firms in Europe, and the management team has made it no secret it aims moving towards the top 10 from its current #18 spot.

Capgemini Consulting

“Cyril Garcia has successfully led Capgemini Consulting in France and Spain and has demonstrated strong operational and leadership skills during this time. He has a deep knowledge of the whole business,” comments Hermelin on his new Consulting leader.

* In February 2000 Ernst & Young sold its 18,000 man strong consulting arm to Cap Gemini for roughly $11 billion in cash and stock. In May 2004 Capgemini dropped the ‘Ernst & Young’ brand from its name, following the expiry of the consulting firm's four-year licence to use the name.

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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.