KPMG partner Madeleine Mattera joins Grant Thornton

03 March 2015 Consultancy.uk

Grant Thornton recently boosted its Australian Financial Services Practice with the appointment of former KPMG partner Madeleine Mattera. At the firm, Mattera will take on the role of Head of Financial Services and Audit and Advisory Partner and focus on the small financial players.

Madeleine Mattera joins professional services firm Grant Thornton Australia* with fifteen years of experience in Financial Services, most recently gained during her seven-year spell as Partner at Big Four firm KPMG. As the firm’s new Australian Head of Financial Services, Mattera will provide external audit, internal audit and risk consulting to Financial Services organisations.

In her new capacity, she will specifically focus on smaller financial players, in contrast to her work for KPMG. Commenting on this, Mattera tells Accountantsdaily.com: “In my new role, I see a greater opportunity to focus on the small and mid-sized financial services organisations, which I’m actually particularly passionate about and excited to be working with, whereas in the big four I was expected to focus on the top 10 companies in Australia.”

Madeleine Mattera - Grant Thornton

She adds: “From my perspective, I thought there was a lot of good capability within Grant Thornton and I was looking forward to being part of the team to help them grow their client base and broaden their capabilities.”

Mattera is a Registered Company Auditor and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Macquarie University.

* In Australia, Grant Thornton has a total headcount of more than 1,000, working from offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

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Accenture's Rothco installs new Executive Creative Director

24 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Jen Speirs is set to take over from Alan Kelly as the Executive Creative Director of Accenture Interactive-owned agency Rothco. Speirs arrives as Kelly takes up the role of Chief Creative Officer at the firm.

Rothco is a full-service creative agency based in Dublin. Founded in 1995, the firm contains more than 150 strategic, creative, technology, design, project management and production professionals located in Ireland’s capital city. The agency strategically plans, designs and produces powerful communications campaigns across Europe for numerous iconic brands, including Tesco, Heineken and Lyons. Internationally recognised for its prowess in the sector, Rothco notably found success at the Cannes Lions awards in both 2015 and 2016.

Such success inevitably drew the eye of Accenture during its extended spending spree to strengthen its digital design and advertising offerings, housed under the Accenture Interactive moniker. A year after purchasing Rothco, Accenture Interactive has since continued this push into the advertising space, acquiring New York and London-based agency Droga5 earlier this month, and adding illustrious clients such as HBO, Amazon and The New York Times to its roster of clients. Despite its purchase, Rothco has also been undergoing its own period of change, however.

With the news that long-term incumbent Alan Kelly had won a promotion from his position as Executive Creative Director (ECD), the agency commenced a hunt for his replacement. Kelly joined Rothco nine years ago as a Copywriter, and has now worked his way up to the role of Chief Creative Officer. Assuming that office, he will pass on his previous role to Jen Speirs, who exits BMF Australia, relocating half way around the world to fill the vacancy.

Accenture's Rothco installs new Executive Creative Director

Speirs was appointed BMF’s Deputy Executive Creative Director in March 2018, having joined BMF as a creative director in 2016 from her previous role at Foxtel, where she was a Freelance Creative Director. Following her arrival at BMF, she worked across brands such as McDonald’s, Carefree, Arnott’s, Berlei, TAL, Bonds, BWS, UN Women and the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, while her work has picked up awards at NY Festivals, Clio, AWARD, Cannes, Effies, Media Federation, Caples, and Spikes Asia. Speirs also worked at DDB Sydney as Creative Director for six years, with clients such as Telstra, Lipton and Johnson & Johnson.

Commenting on her new challenge, Speirs said, "When I look at a lot of Rothco's work, like JFK Unsilenced, the #takenotice breast cancer campaign on the Molly Malone Statue, Sleeping Flags – it all has that perfect combination of creativity, innovation and craft… So the opportunity to go and be a part of that, and work with the awesome people I’ve met so far, was far too good to say no to. I can’t wait to get over there and get stuck in.”

Remarking on Speirs’ arrival, Kelly added, "I am chuffed we have poached someone as incredibly talented as Jen Speirs. I think it’s a testament to the work we are doing in Rothco that we are attracting world-class talent like Jen to these shores. Jen is a super addition to the team as she is both gifted and decent, two qualities we always look for when we hire. I also may have told her that Dublin's weather is pretty much the same as Sydney's – hopefully, she hasn't fact-checked this yet."

Related: Accenture's push into the creative sector is an identity crisis.