EY strengthens Strategy service line with Silvia Rindone

06 February 2019 Consultancy.uk

EY has bolstered its UK Strategy team with the appointment of a new Advisory Partner. Consulting industry stalwart Silvia Rindone arrives with the Big Four giant from Capgemini Consulting, where she was most recently the leader of its Business Model Transformation Practice.

As the UK braces for the implications of Brexit after March 2019, strategy consultants are expecting a boom in demand. As companies look to negate the climate of uncertainty which has descended on the UK economy, they will most likely turn to these consultants to help come up with plans to improve their outcomes. In anticipation of this spike in work, Big Four firm EY has appointed Silvia Rindone as an Advisory Partner in its Strategy team in the UK.

Rindone is a consulting industry veteran, having accrued more than 20 years of experience in helping the world’s foremost retail and consumer products companies to develop and execute commercial strategy. She also specialised in business performance initiatives, having worked on them for clients across Europe and globally. These have involved revitalising channel and category strategies, transforming product portfolios, and developing and implementing winning operating models in a digital world.

EY strengthens Strategy service line with Silvia Rindone

She joins EY from Capgemini Invent, where she was most recently Vice President Head of Business Transformation, and was part of the Consulting Leadership team. Rindone joined in 2015, when the firm was still known as Capgemini Consulting, from Alvarez & Marsal. She spent just over a year as a Senior Director there, following a five-year engagement with Deloitte UK. This was her second stint with the Big Four firm, where she held the role of Director, Strategy before moving on to A&M. Prior to this, she also worked for Kurt Salmon, which is now part of Accenture Strategy.

In 2012, Silvia Rindone was awarded the prize for “Strategy Consultant of the year” by the Management Consultancy Association. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Universita’ Luigi Bocconi in Milan, Italy. She now takes up the position of Partner for Consumer Product & Retail at EY.

Commenting on her appointment, Rindone said, “I joined EY because of the culture, the entrepreneurial spirit at the firm and the talented and dynamic team of people I would get to work with. I am also very excited about helping to drive growth in the firm’s Advisory practice. My focus will be working on business transformation with FTSE 100 and 250 consumer goods and retail clients in the UK and across the globe. I am looking forward to advising my clients to help shape their future and capitalise on the numerous transformational growth opportunities in a rapidly evolving digital environment.”

Stephen Lambert, Managing Partner of EY’s Advisory practice in the UK and Ireland added, "We're delighted to have Silvia join us as a Partner at EY. Silvia has a track record of working with some of the leading Consumer Products and Retail organisations and will be a real asset to the Advisory team and wider firm.”

EY UK’s strategy arm helps clients with strategic challenges, including business model innovation, growth strategy, strategic planning, execution and transformation, merger integration strategy and programme design innovation, and digital strategy services.

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Accenture's Rothco installs new Executive Creative Director

24 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

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.