eBay executive Jeff Wong joins EY as Innovation Officer

31 July 2015 Consultancy.uk

EY has boosted its newly formed Global Innovation Team with the appointment of Silicon Valley executive Jeff Won as Global Chief Innovation Officer. Wong, who joins from eBay, will lead the team responsible for ensuring that EY can better service its global clients through the development and implementation of innovative technologies, strategies and solutions.

Jeff Wong joins EY from eBay, where he led the Business Incubation Group, which he founded in 2010, which is responsible for building start-ups for eBay Marketplaces. Between 2005 and 2010, he led the global strategy for eBay’s Marketplaces business unit. Prior to joining eBay, Wong held several roles, including that of Associate at J.P. Morgan Partners and Senior Associate at Globespan Capital. Wong started his career at The Boston Consulting Group in 1997, where he worked for almost two years.

Wong holds a Bachelor degree in Economics from Stanford University, a Master degree in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Stanford School of Engineering and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

EY - Innovation

As the new Global Chief Innovation Officer, Wong will head the newly formed Global Innovation Team, which includes among others the team working at the newly formed Global Innovation Centre in Madrid. The appointment will, according to EY, help it to better serve its clients “at this critical time when innovation has become a necessity for businesses to adapt and spur new ways of thinking in the face of this disruptive change.” Wong will lead the team charged with providing the visibility needed to forecast the technologies and trends of the future. In addition, the team will develop new technologies, strategies and solutions to firmly firmly position EY in the market with its clients.

“To be successful, organisations must integrate innovation into their everyday strategies. The forces of change must be embraced and be seen as opportunities. EY knows and understands this and the role that innovation plays across all phases of a business. This is an exciting opportunity and time to be able to drive innovation, and EY has one of the most globally integrated platforms of any organisation to accomplish this,” comments Wong.

Mark Weinberger and Carmine Di Sibio - EY

Commenting on the appointment, Mark Weinberger, Global CEO and Chairman of EY, says: “I am excited to have Jeff Wong on board to start-up and lead EY’s innovation team. Jeff will take his experience and insights to challenge everything from the way we do business internally to the way we innovate with our clients. Jeff will ensure EY brings an innovative mind-set to our work every day and help enhance the lasting legacies of our clients.”

Carmine Di Sibio, Global Managing Partner Client Service at EY, adds: “EY is making a bold statement with Jeff's appointment. He brings greater connectivity and new ways of thinking to the organisation, and will help drive greater results to EY and our clients. We have a long history of investing in innovation and won’t stand still. Jeff's vision for innovation will be even more front and centre as we continue to identify the latest strategies and solutions.”

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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.