Karina van den Oever joins Elixirr from A.T. Kearney

26 March 2015 Consultancy.uk

Management consulting firm Elixirr has boosted its principal team with Karina van den Oever. She joins from counterpart A.T. Kearney, where she worked for more than 10 years between 2000 and 2015. At Elixirr, Van den Oever will focus on clients in the retail sector.

Karina van den Oever joins Elixirr from A.T. Kearney where she acted as Management Consultant for the past two and a half years. In this capacity she was, among others, responsible for Business Development and Intellectual Capital Development for the Retail and Consumer Goods Practice. This was the second time she was employed by the consulting firm – she also served the firm between 2000 and 2008.

Karina van den Oever - Elixirr

In between the two spells, Van den Oever studied at the Gemological Institute of America, receiving an accreditation as a jewellery professional, after which she co-founded and managed Leila Michaela Fine Jewelry. Prior to joining A.T. Kearney, Van den Oever fulfilled different roles at Calvin Klein, including Licensing Manager, Marketing Associate, and Retail Analyst, between 1994 and 1998 and worked as Assistant Buyer for Saks Fifth Ave between 1992 and 1994.

In addition to her accreditation from the Gemological Institute of America, Van den Oever holds an MBA in Marketing, Strategy and International Business from the Kellogg Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor degree in Marketing and International Business from New York University.

As a Principal at Elixirr, Van den Oever is charged with delivering commercial results in retail, focusing on strategy, route-to-market, category management/merchandising, digital innovation, and sourcing. She brings over 16 years of experience in consulting, industry and start-up environments, during which she mainly focused on retail, luxury and consumer goods, to her new role.

Three new Principals

Elixirr states that it is “delighted to welcome Karina to the team.” For the consultancy it is the fourth addition to its Principal team in a few months, earlier this year Katie Gillett and Emily Farrimond were onboarded from Accenture, while Herbert van der Raad joined from Infosys Consulting.

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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.