Capco poaches partners from Accenture and PwC

28 May 2015 Consultancy.uk

Financial services specialist Capco has poached two high-profile partners from direct competitors: Bao-Viet Lê joins from Accenture, while Charles Bokman joins from PwC. Both new recruits will relocate to Singapore, where they will co-lead Capco’s newly launched operations in the country.

Last week Consultancy.uk highlighted Capco’s move to enter the Singapore market, complementing existing Asia-based locations in Bangalore and Hong Kong. With the move, Capco aims at growing its local footprint in one of Asia’s largest financial hubs, as well as better serve its global customers with an on-the-ground presence in Singapore.

Bao-Viet Le and Charles Bokman

Bao-Viet Lê brings to Capco two decades of consulting experience focused on the banking industry, as well as eight years of experience in payments. He previously worked for Accenture for 18 years, having held the role of Sales Lead across Emerging Markets (Russia, Saudi Arabia) and acting as Client Account Lead for several pan-European banks. During his spell with Accenture Lê worked in several countries, including France, Switzerland, Russia and Saudi Arabia. “Given our commitment to continue growing our Asia-Pacific footprint there could not be a better time to be a part of Capco’s ongoing success,” comments Lê. “I’m excited professionally to join a global team with more than 3,000 Capco colleagues worldwide and the power to deliver our combined expertise from complex delivery through to offering utilities with an entrepreneurial and innovative spirit.”

Charles Bokman has more than 20 years of consulting experience, focused on wealth management transformation projects ranging from core banking replacement to digital strategy. He has worked with many of the major financial industry organisations across Switzerland, Europe, and Asia. Bokman joins Capco from PwC, where he was a Partner based in Geneva. He started his career with PwC in the early 90’s, and following the acquisition of PwC Consulting by IBM in 2002 Bokman moved to IBM BCS. Six years after the $3.5 billion deal he returned to PwC, where he served as Director and latterly Partner.

Capco Singapore

“The financial industry worldwide needs a trusted partner with deep knowledge to help them deal effectively with a range of issues, from tackling regulatory complexity to effective client onboarding and anti-money laundering,” suggests Bokman. “Capco is uniquely placed to combine international expertise with an understanding of specific regional demands and conditions.”

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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.