Akihiko Matsunaga joins Oliver Wyman in Tokyo, Japan

03 September 2015 Consultancy.uk

Oliver Wyman has bolstered its Japanese practice with Akihiko Matsunaga. The newly added partner, who joins from PwC, where he spent 15 years, will be based in Oliver Wyman’s Tokyo office.

Akihiko Matsunaga has more than 20 years of experience in financial consultancy and corporate finance. Over the past 15 years, he served PwC Japan, where he contributed to dozens of high profile M&A, corporate finance and restructuring projects. In his most recent role, Matsunaga led PwC’s Japanese Corporate Finance team, which spans deals, investment banking and corporate finance. Matsunaga holds an engineering degree from Yokohama National University.

Akihiko Matsunaga joins Oliver Wyman in Tokyo, Japan

Earlier this month, Matsunaga decided to embark on a new challenge, and joined Oliver Wyman, with offices in 50+ cities across 26 countries one of the largest management consulting firms of the globe. In his novel role, he will focus on developing Oliver Wyman’s expertise in Corporate Finance and Financial Services, as well as further build the firm’s footprint in both Japan and across Asia Pacific. “We are very delighted to welcome Matsunaga-san to strengthen our Corporate Finance and Advisory business in Asia Pacific”, says Bernhard Kotanko, Head of Oliver Wyman for the Asia Pacific Region.

Naoki Togashi, Partner and Head of Japan, adds: “This is an important step for our endeavour in Japan. His expertise and hands on experience strengthens our offering of Corporate Finance Services to clients and reiterates our strong commitment to build our business in Japan to become the leading financial services consultancy.”

Earlier this year, Oliver Wyman added Scott Houghton and Aaron Weatherman to its North American team, while in the UK, three advisors (Duncan Mills, Dimitrios Psarris and Kai Upadek) have recently been promoted to partner.

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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.