Ramboll Group appoints Hilde Tonne as Chief Innovation Officer

20 December 2017 Consultancy.uk

As part of its focus on digitalisation in its 2020 strategy Winning Together, Ramboll has appointed Hilde Tonne as its new Chief Innovation Officer. Tonne brings extensive experience in the digitalisation space across energy and telecommunications to the firm, and will lead the campaign of digital transformation within the consultancy. 

Digitalisation continues apace across various organisations, resulting in disruptive change. Different sectors are differently affected, creating risks and opportunities, requiring a plethora of different types of solutions to improve efficiencies or change operating procedures. As a result, consultancy firms with broad expertise are increasingly called in to develop tailor made solutions. 

Ramboll recently announced the appointment of Hilde Tonne, an industry veteran from Telenor Group, a government-owned multinational telecommunications company, as the Group’s new Chief Innovation Officer. She brings considerable experience to the role. In 2016, she headed the formation of Digital Norway, an initiative focused on the digitalisation of Norwegian companies.

Tonne was most recently, between 2015 and 2016, a Senior Vice President at the Telenor Group, a role she held for around 11 months. She started out at the Group in 2007, initially as the Executive Vice President of Group Communications & Corporate Responsibility, before taking on the role of Deputy Head of Asian Operations in 2010. In 2011, she took on the role of Executive Vice President and Head of Group Industrial Development, a role that she held for almost four years. Earlier in her career, she worked at Norsk Hydro Oil & Energy as Head of Technology & Research.Hilde TonneTonne is Master of Science in Petroleum Technology, obtaining a post-graduate degree from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and a Master of Science in Reservoir Technology from the RWTH  Aachen University. In addition, she received executive management training from INSEAD and IMD.

She has also held, and continues to hold, a variety of board level positions, including Member of the Board of Directors at Vattenfall, between 2016 and 2017; Head of Advisory Board at Digital Norway, Toppindustrisenteret, from 2017 until present; Member of the Board of Directors at Danske Bank Group, from 2016 until present; and Chair of the Board of Directors Hafslund, from 2017 until present.

In the new role, Tonne is charged with leading the firm’s digital transformations as part of its wider corporate strategy, Winning Together.

Group CEO Jens-Peter Saul remarked, “We wish to be at the front end of this development which means that we as a company need to transform as well. Hilde is a very experienced executive with broad international career from industries that have been challenged by rapid digital change. She has a strong profile to be leading innovation and digitalisation in Ramboll.”

Tonne reflected, “I am equally inspired to be given the opportunity to help guide Ramboll successfully into a more digital future. Digitalisation must be embedded in daily operations and define the way we serve and engage with our clients. New digital solutions and services require new competencies, new ways of working together and an open and forward-looking mind-set. I look forward to be driving this change together with new colleagues in Ramboll.”

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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

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.