Gate One adds experienced consultant Ben Tye to London team

10 April 2018

Management consultancy Gate One has appointed former Cognizant consultant Ben Tye as its Client Director. As the business continues to work to strengthen and grow with senior hires, Tye will work to drive growth in Gate One’s consumer business, retail and manufacturing wings.

Gate One is an international consultancy providing transformational advisory services to clients looking to solve multi-sector strategic challenges. The business counts many large, ambitious organisations among its client base, both in the UK and abroad. In recent months, the firm has been looking to bolster its operations in response to growing demand, adding Umbar Shakir as its digital lead, shortly after the hiring of former EY staffer James Brewin bolstered the firm’s consulting team.

Now, the transformation consultancy has appointed Ben Tye as Client Director, with a view to further growing Gate One’s uptake in the consumer business, retail and manufacturing sectors. Tye brings 20 years of experience to the role, having spent two decades in the consulting and technology industries, and holding senior leadership roles at a number of other firms.

Ben Tye, Client Director, Gate One

Most recently, this saw Tye work as Associate Principal for Able and How, spending a year with the specialist management consultancy, after arriving from Cognizant Business Consulting in 2016. In a tenure spanning almost six years with Cognizant, Tye became a Vice President at the firm, as well as Head of Cognizant's UK Programme Management Consultancy Practice. His key responsibility in that role was to oversee strategy and leadership of the entire practice of more than 150 consultants.

During his time in the consulting industry, which also included roles with SAIC and the Sema Group, Tye has built up a track record creating value for several of the UK’s largest companies. These include Arcadia, GE, Rolls Royce and BP, helping each to transform their business operations, products and services.

Tim Phillips, Managing Partner, Gate One, said of the hire, “We’re delighted to be able to attract Ben’s level of talent. His experience in the consumer business, retail and manufacturing sectors is extensive. I’m looking forward to working with him to support our clients and grow our business.”

Tye meanwhile outlined the challenges he will face with clients, in his new role. He stated, “The retail, consumer business and manufacturing sectors are undergoing a period of significant change and volatility, driven by increased consumer expectations, technology, sustainability and intense competition for customer proximity and wallet share.”


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Accenture's Rothco installs new Executive Creative Director

24 April 2019

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.