McKinsey partner Don Painter joins Marakon in US

28 August 2015

Don Painter has been hired by Marakon, a management consulting practice at Charles River Associates, as Director. After more than 20 years in consulting and more than 30 years in the energy sector, Painter is set to strengthen and lead Marakon’s offering in oil and gas in North America.

Don Painter has led a long career in the consulting industry, with his most recent position at McKinsey & Company. Between 2011 and 2015, he worked in the firm’s Global Energy and Materials Practice, its Global Operations Practice and its Business Technology Practice. Prior to this, Painter was a Partner at PwC (2007 – 2011), working as the firm’s Sector Advisory Leader to its Middle East Oil and Gas Advisory Practice. Before joining PwC, Painter also worked for McKinsey & Company and held the role of Senior Practice Expert in its Global Energy and Materials (GEM) Practice. Antecedent to joining McKinsey for the first time, Painter was a Founding Director at North and South America Operations for the then newly founded business consulting arm of Schlumberger. Painter started his consulting career at Accenture in 1994 as an Associate Partner to its Global Energy practice and his corporate career at ExxonMobil, where between 1980 and 1994 he held various leadership positions for the firm. Between 1975 and 1997, Painter was a member of the US Navy, working in a wide range of positions.

Painter’s academic background includes a Bachelor of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology and MBA studies from the University of Houston.

Don Painter and Mason KisselPainter brings his more than 30 years’ experience in oil and gas to Marakon, where he will leverage his wide range of skills in business, market entry, and operating strategy development and execution, restructuring, and performance transformation programmes in leadership, business architecture, and program implementation to Marakon’s clients. “Don Painter brings deep knowledge of the oil and gas sector, extensive international experience, and a track record of advising businesses on both strategic and operational priorities. We are excited to welcome him to the team,” comments Mason Kissell, Global Managing Director at Marakon.

Painter adds: “Marakon has a strong heritage and reputation for quality and integrity in management consulting, and I’m excited about the opportunity to contribute in building this practice and accelerating our growth in the oil and gas sector.”


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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.