Former PwC advisor Graeme Pitkethly CFO of Unilever

26 May 2015

With the departure of Unilever's Chief Financial Officer Jean-Marc Huët, Graeme Pitkethly, PwC alumnus and currently Unilever’s UK Executive Vice President, will take on the role. The new position will see Pitkethly responsible for the firm’s complete financial operations as well as become member of the Leadership Executive.

Pitkethly started his career at PwC in 1987, where over a period of nine years, he developed from Managing Consultant to Senior Manager, before leaving the firm in 1996 as a Director. Following his consulting career Pitkethly moved to FLAG Telecom where he worked as Vice President in Corporate Development for a number of years before moving to become Vice President of Finance – he worked for six years at the company, based in among others Bermuda, New York and London. In 2002 Pitkethly moved to Unilever to become its Group Chief Accountant in London, UK. In 2006 he moved to Indonesia to become the company’s CFO for the region, before returning to London in 2009 to take on the role of Head of Mergers & Acquisition. In 2011 he took on the Group Treasurer function for the organisation, before promoting to SVP Finance in the company’s Global Markets. Since 2014 he has been the Executive Vice President of Unilever's UK and Ireland business.

Pitkethly holds a BSc (Hons), in Applied Chemistry from the University of Strathclyde, and is a Chartered Accountant (ACA).

Graeme Pitkethly and Jean-Marc Huet - Unilever

It was recently announced that Pitkethly, from October 1st, will take on the role of Chief Financial Officer at Unilever. He will be taking over from Jean-Marc Huët, who last week decided to step down from his position. Pitkethly will through the promotion ascend to become member of the Leadership Executive.

"We welcome Graeme as Unilever's Chief Financial Officer and a member or the Unilever Leadership Executive as of 1 October 2015" says Paul Polman, Chief Executive of Unilever. "His broad financial experience, deep operating knowledge and track-record in both business and people development make him an ideal addition to help Unilever through the next stages of its transformation to a sustainable competitive and profitable company in its industry.”

Huët comments on his move: “I am now looking forward to ensuring a seamless transition to my successor, Graeme Pitkethly, and then spending some time deciding what new opportunities to pursue.”


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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.