Experienced consultant Martin Howard CIO of Amedisys

20 April 2015 Consultancy.uk

Martin Howard, alumnus of Alvarez & Marsal, EY, KPMG and Deloitte, has taken on the role of CIO at Amedisys. After the company came into controversy last year, the new CEO has started appointing new leadership, including Howard. He will bring his years of experience and expertise in consulting and healthcare to improve the information landscape of Amedisys.

Howard started his professional life at Alvarez & Marsal in 1986 working on Operational and IT improvement, moving quickly to the Maryland Hospital Association where he rose to become its Vice President with nearly 13 years of service under his belt. In 1999 Howard joined Erickson to become its Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO), working to overhaul its IT department which underwent a complete and successful transformation under his leadership. After two years, Howard joined Ingenix as its CIO, working to create a global back office function while reducing staff and costs by 25%.

His first major consulting role came in 2005 at EY, becoming its Executive Director in Transaction Services, working at the accounting and consulting giant for six years. In 2012 he became a Managing Director of KPMG in New York, where he kept busy in IT and healthcare related projects. At the start of 2014 Howard moved to Big Four rival Deloitte, serving as a Director at Deloitte Consulting in New York, where he worked for a year on mergers and acquisitions and post-merger integrations for projects related to IT.

Martin Howard - Amedisys

After a year at Deloitte, it was recently announced that Howard will be moving to Amedisys, where he has been appointed the company’s CIO. Following recent controversy*, newly elected CEO Paul Kusserow has been installing a fresh leadership in the organisation, with Howards’ long experience in healthcare and his long standing independence as a consultant to improve Amedisys’ battered reputation as well as proving a rich seam of experience and expertise for the company moving forward.

“We have assembled a group of experienced health care operators of the highest order who can take Amedisys to the next level with their experience and expertise,” Kusserow says in a statement.

* Amedisys is one of the largest US based healthcare providers and the fourth largest provider of hospice services. The provider delivers home health and hospice care to approximately 380,000 patients each year, and operate in 37 states. It was embroiled in controversy last year, with the US Justice Department fining the company $150 million to settle complaints that it inflated billings and had improper financial relationships with referring physicians.

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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.