Marakon hires Yann Duchesne and Devendra Kumar

10 June 2015

Marakon, the boutique management consulting practice of Charles River Associates, has added two senior advisors to its London office: Yann Duchesne and Devendra Kumar. Duchesne joins the firm as an Executive Director, while Kumar, who re-joins the firm, will take on the role of Director.

Yann Duchesne joins Marakon with extensive experience as consultant and business leader in the financial services, consumer, retail, and industrials sectors, most recently gained at Doughty Hanson. At the private equity firm he fulfilled the role of Senior Partner for the past 12.5 years. During this time, he led transactions in the industrials and consumer sectors. Prior to joining Doughty Hanson, Duchesne worked for McKinsey & Company for more than 20 years between 1982 and 2002. At McKinsey, he held several positions in the US, Europe, and Japan, including acting as Managing Partner for McKinsey in France, leading, among others, the firm’s pharmaceutical division and co-leading the financial institutions group.

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Devendra Kumar brings 20 years of experience in the global financial services sector to his new role as Director at Marakon. Kumar joins the firm after a short period of working as Independent Payments and Strategy Professional and as Managing Partner of Greenings Advisors. Prior to this, he worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland for more than 11 years. Between 2003 and 2007, he acted as Head of Strategy - Cards Business, after which he became the bank’s Director of Strategic Development. Between 2000 and 2003, Kumar fulfilled his first term at Marakon, working for the firm as Senior Consultant. He started his career at HCL Infosystems in 1998 as its European Business Development Manager.

Commenting on the appointments, Neal Kissel, Marakon European Practice Leader, says: “Yann and Devendra are great additions to our team. They are both highly experienced and well-regarded professionals, and we expect them to contribute materially to the build-out of our business in the UK across our core sectors of financial services, consumer, and industrials. Yann will focus on a broad and material business building mandate across our sectors, while Devendra brings a long industry track record in financial services and payments to our growing financial services practice.”

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Paul Maleh, President and Chief Executive Officer of Charles River Associates, adds:  “It is a pleasure to welcome Yann Duchesne and Devendra Kumar to CRA and Marakon. They are trusted advisors to senior executives on business and corporate strategy matters in the core sectors we are focused on growing within Marakon’s management consulting offerings.”

Last year Marakon bolstered its team with Maria Teresa Blanco (who joined from Oliver Wyman) and John Rolander and Srini Venkateswaran (both former Strategy& partners). recently highlighted Marakon's recognition as a top-10 employer in the UK.


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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.