Blue Ridge Partners appoints new Managing Director in London office

31 January 2018 Consultancy.uk

Blue Ridge Partners, a management consultancy specialised in revenue growth, has promoted Vincent Schuller tot Peursum to Managing Director in its London office. The Dutchman has been with the US-headquartered consulting firm for over two years. 

With offices in McLean, Washington DC, London, Frankfurt and Melbourne, as well as satellite hubs in other cities, Blue Ridge Partners is an international consultancy firm. The companywork with Fortune 500, middle market companies and private equity firms and their portfolio companies on a range of portfolio optimisation activities, including growth strategies, transactions and performance improvement. 

In London, the firm’s only on the ground base in Europe, Blue Ridge Partners has effective January 1, 2018 promoted Vincent Schuller tot Peursum to Managing Director and member of the leadership team. Schuller tot Peursum has over 20 years of experience working on growth strategy and transactions with a focus on technology, media and telecommunications, industrial markets and business services sectors. His work has included growth strategy, go-to-market models, sales effectiveness, commercial due diligence, M&A support and new market entry.

Prior to Blue Ridge Partners, Schuller tot Peursum headed the Commercial Due Diligence practice of Deloitte in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Before that, the Dutch national co-founded a UK based consultancy, supporting clients on growth strategy and transactions and in analysing market opportunities. He also worked at EY’s Commercial Advisory practice in London, where he supported private equity investors, corporate clients and financial institutions on growth strategy, transactions, market entry and restructuring. Earlier in his career he worked for AMR International, a Dutch boutique consultancy and economics research firm Ecorys. 

Vincent Schuller tot Peursum, Moti Shahani en Jim Corey - Blue Ridge PartnersSchuller tot Peursum, who holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Amsterdam, worked in over 20 countries over the course of his career, spanning Europe, North America, the Middle East, Russia and China.

He joins two other Managing Directors in London: Anthony Lucas, a former Partner at Big Four firms as well as Capgemini, Accenture and Wipro; and Moti Shahani, formerly a leader at Wolff Olins and American Express – he began his career with McKinsey & Company, working from the firm’s offices in London, Rome and Bombay during his tenure. 

Three other promtions

Meanwhile, in the US, Blue Ridge Partners promoted a new Managing Director and two Principals. Kevin Mulloy, who focuses on innovation and technology management, has been named a Managing Director in Washington, DC. Prior to Blue Ridge Partners he was EVP Corporate Development at Presidio, President of IGSC (the Intelstat operating company) and a Partner with McKinsey & Company. 

Yan Val and Jennifer Parkes Kozak have both been appointed Principal, based in New York and Chicago. Prior to Blue Ridge Partners, Val was a Senior Manager with EY, where he advised clients on strategic and operational issues, while Parkes Kozak provided consulting services with CRA International and worked with a financial services firm.

Globally Blue Ridge Partners is led by Jim Corey, who prior to founding the consultancy was a Partner at both McKinsey & Company and Accenture. Commenting on the promotions, he said “This expansion of our leadership ranks will help continue the record growth of our firm. We expect continued strong growth in 2018.”

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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.