Accenture Interactive boss set to join marketing giant Dentsu Aegis

24 July 2018

In the latest development in the on-going competition between the advertising and consulting world, global marketing firm Dentsu Aegis has headhunted one of Accenture Interactive’s founders. Christine Removille will take on the Presidency of Carat Global.

Altogether, Carat Global consists of 35,000 people spread across five continents, and works to deliver brand, media and digital communications solutions for its clients. Carat is a member of the Dentsu Aegis Network, a multinational media and digital marketing communications company headquartered in London, United Kingdom, and a wholly owned subsidiary of the Japanese advertising and public relations firm Dentsu.

Christine Removille, who is currently the Managing Director for Europe, Latin, America & Africa for Accenture Interactive, will be installed as the new Carat Global President at the beginning of September 2018, following the departure of incumbent Will Swayne to a new global leadership role “focused on delivering integrated, digital economy solutions”, though Carat has not specified the exact title Swayne will hold. Removille, who has led Accenture Interactive from an office in Paris for eight years, is one of the founders of the consultancy's design wing. At Carat, Removille will play a pivotal role in supporting clients as the Dentsu subsidiary looks to put “customers at the heart of their businesses for the digital economy,” according to a statement from the firm.

Accenture Interactive boss set to join marketing giant Dentsu Aegis

The move will see Removille call time on a 20-year association with Accenture, having arrived at the firm in 1998, working her way up from Strategy Consultant to Partner over the course of the following 11 years. In 2012, Removille moved to Accenture Analytics, becoming Managing Director for France, Belgium, and the Netherlands for the next three years, before helping to launch the Interactive brand. While the change in scenery sees the end of one long-term business relationship, however, it sees the renewal of another, as Removille returns to Carat, where she spent the time between 1996 and 1997 as a Senior International Account Director, in charge of international media strategy for large Consumer Package Good Manufacturers such as Danone and the European Commission. Before this, Removille worked at Publicis creative shop Leo Burnett.

Removille said of her new role, “I am thrilled to become part of Dentsu Aegis Network to lead the next wave of transformation with Carat. My decision to join Dentsu Aegis Network was driven by their unique people-based data platform, the integrated operating model and completeness of marketing services. It is an exciting time and consulting talents combining business acumen, analytics and technology will add value in the agency landscape.”

Dentsu’s Peter Huijboom, CEO of media brands and global clients, said, “Christine is an energetic, transformative leader and brings a wealth of experience in building media and digital services and a deep passion for innovation and product development."

Removille’s appointment comes at a pivotal moment for the advertising industry, as the line between consulting duties and those of media agencies increasingly blurs. Speaking at a recent event hosted by the Worshipful Company of Management Consultants, IBM iX executive Matt Candy, said that a standalone strategy is no longer sufficient as consultancies look to compete for clients in a crowded market. He elaborated, “[Strategy] now needs to be accompanied by creating and making, such that clients can touch and feel solutions, not just hear about what they could have. In consulting, we didn’t possess the storytellers, the artists, the creators and the makers.”

This is a process moving in both directions, however, and in terms of the agency world, Candy added that due to this trend, the sector had been forced to start to build consulting skills. This has already been exemplified by the beefing up of advertising giant WPP’s recently unified advisory organ, Kantar Consulting. Speaking at the time of its consolidation, Phil Smiley, Kantar Consulting’s CEO, had commented, “We live in a new era of consumption. Growth can no longer be assumed, yet there are more, not fewer, opportunities to build breakout brands and new lines of business. Future growth exists, but beyond the comfort zone of most organisations; it is more granular, less siloed and more opportunistic.”

Related: Lisa De Bonis joins Accenture Interactive from Havas London.


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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019

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.