Eden McCallum appoints new leaders in London and Amsterdam

26 January 2018 Consultancy.uk

International consultancy Eden McCallum has made three leadership appointments. London-based Helen Williams and Amsterdam-based Cyrus Ditzel have been elected to the Partnership, while Anna Wanders has joined Eden McCallum’s leadership team as Director of Benelux Operations.

Helen Williams joined Eden McCallum seven years ago as Head of Selection. Prior to joining the firm, which serves over 300 clients globally from its offices in London, Amsterdam and Zurich, she spent 9 years with Accenture in London, focusing on strategy and transformation.

At Eden McCallum, Williams has been overseeing all of the firm’s consultant-focused activities internationally since becoming Director of Eden McCallum’s Consultant Team in 2014. In her new Partner role, she will continue to lead the firm’s consultant-focused activities, which includes attracting top-tier independent consultants to its network and crafting tailored teams for client engagements.

Commenting on Williams’ promotion, Eden McCallum founder and Partner Liann Eden said “Under Helen’s leadership, we have significantly expanded our pool of outstanding independent consultants [to over 1,500 consultants] and built up capabilities in new geographies. It’s hard to overstate her enormous contribution to the firm and our independent consultants, and we’re proud to welcome her to the Partnership.”Helen Williams, Cyrus Ditzel, Anna Wanders

Cyrus Ditzel, a former Principal with the Boston Consulting Group, joined the Eden McCallum team in Amsterdam as Associate Partner in 2016, bringing a wealth of experience across a broad range of industries and topics with a specific focus on consumer goods, marketing & sales, and organisational issues. At Eden McCallum, Ditzel focuses on developing client relationships and ensuring project delivery at existing and new clients across industries, including consumer goods, health care, technology and telecoms.

Marjon Wanders, Partner and co-leader of Eden McCallum’s Benelux office, commented: “Cyrus has already greatly contributed to Eden McCallum and to our clients, particularly in the Benelux region. He constantly delivers outstanding work and tirelessly drives innovation and excellence.”

As Partner, Ditzel will continue to focus on expanding the firm’s consumer goods practice and accelerating growth across the Benelux, as well as spearheading a number of strategic initiatives.

Anna Wanders joined the firm in 2008 following a career as a consultant with OC&C Strategy Consultants and McKinsey & Company, where she was most recently Practice Manager of McKinsey’s European Corporate Finance & Strategy Practice. Her initial role at Eden McCallum was helping Marjon Wanders and Heleen Wachters (the other co-founder of the Benelux office) establish the new Amsterdam office and leading the consultant side of the regional business.

Over the last 2-3 years, her role has shifted to an operations focus as the office continued to grow. “Anna has been truly instrumental to the growth and success of our Benelux operations from the beginning, and we are delighted to welcome her to Eden McCallum’s international Leadership Team”, commented Wachters.

In her role as Director of Benelux Operations, Wanders will continue to ensure that the office runs as a “well-oiled machine”, said Wachters, adding “supporting our client activities and strategy, particularly in the areas of Legal, HR, Finance and PR/marketing." Wanders will also serve as the Benelux liaison to the UK and Swiss teams, working with them on continuous improvement of Eden McCallum’s people and processes.

Other senior leaders at Eden McCallum include Monika Morris (former McKinsey; joined in 2003), Orna NiChionna (Chair of Client Service; recently elected to the Board of Burberry in a nonexecutive role) and Christopher Humphry (formerly EY Consulting; joined in 2004).


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Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

23 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Sergio Cardoso, Matt Maltz, Jessica Patel, Marc Roberts and Nick Warner have been appointed as partners at Grant Thornton. With the company undergoing a year of transition under new leadership, the new members will help consolidate the firm’s offering as it looks to reach new levels of growth in 2019.

2019 sees Grant Thornton’s UK wing undergoing a process of transformation. As the group looks to ensure its teams “provide the right level of support for profitable growth” and create an environment that “makes it easier for our people to do great work”, the firm has announced a succession of senior appointments across its regional divisions.

In February, this saw Chris Petts and James Bulloss named Partner and Director in the North East and Yorkshire respectively. Now, the UK’s sixth-largest auditing and consulting firm has confirmed the installation of a further five Partners across its UK team.

Sergio Cardoso is a long-standing Grant Thornton employee, having joined from Daniel Auerbach & Company – where he was an Accountant – in 2005. Cardoso rose steadily through the ranks since then, taking up his most recent role as Audit and Assurance Director in 2015. In that role, he focused on dynamic, fast-growing and entrepreneurial private companies, as well as multinational and AIM-listed groups. He now takes up the position of Partner in Grant Thornton’s audit practice.

Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

Nick Warner has been appointed as a partner in Grant Thornton’s VAT team based in London. Bringing more than 20 years of experience in tax to the role, Warner joins the firm from Moore Stephens, where he most recently was VAT Partner, during a five-year stay with the firm. Prior to that, Warner was a Partner in VAT at BDO and PKF UK. He also spent five years at HMRC as a Higher Executive Officer.

Matt Maltz is the first of three Partner appointments in Grant Thornton’s real estate tax division. A former EY Partner in real estate tax, Maltz spent 17 years with the Big Four firm. In his new position with Grant Thornton, he will tackle similar client areas, as a Partner in real estate tax.

Jessica Patel has also been promoted as a Partner in the firm’s real estate tax practice, having been with the firm for more than 15 years. Patel joined Grant Thornton as a trainee in 2003. She is a licensed member of both the Association of Tax Technicians and the Chartered Institute of Taxation. As a Partner, Patel will advise a wide variety of clients ranging from UK property investors and developers to overseas investors and property funds.

Marc Roberts is another Big Four alumnus to join Grant Thornton as a Partner. Roberts exited EY to take up his new position, having been an Associate Partner and real estate advisory lead at the company. With more than 25 years of experience in the financial services sector, Roberts also formerly held a Directorship and headed the corporate finance real estate advisory team at fellow Big Four firm PwC.