Brian Kalms joins AlixPartners as Managing Director

21 July 2020 2 min. read
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Global consulting firm AlixPartners has announced that Brian Kalms has joined as a Managing Director. He joins having spent three decades in the consulting industry, spending extended spells with Accenture and Elixirr in that time.

“Brian’s extensive digital transformation expertise, combined with deep knowledge of the retail and consumer sectors, will help our clients realize strategic advantages in a significantly disrupted sector,” said Simon Freakley, CEO of AlixPartners. “Brian’s hands-on leadership style and experience helping businesses transform to meet their most complex challenges will enhance our overall business transformation capabilities.”

Kalms, who will be based in London, brings to AlixPartners more than 30 years of experience in management consulting and technology strategy to the firm. He will focus on helping retail clients achieve business transformation through strategic technology innovation.Brian Kalms, Managing Director, AlixPartnersStarting his consulting career with Accenture in 1987, Kalms became a Managing Partner at the firm and led its UK retail practice, as well as the European supermarket team. During his time with Accenture, he had a particular focus on project and programme leadership on large change projects. In 2012, however, he opted to join Elixirr – a challenger consultancy founded by former Accenture employees three years earlier. As Partner there, Kalms continued his particular focus on retail and related industries as the Lead Partner for retail and consumer, helping build the firm’s retail practice.

AlixPartners is a consulting firm specialising in helping businesses with restructuring and corporate recovery work. The firm serves clients from offices in more than 20 cities around the world, working with private companies, corporate boards, law firms, investment banks, private equity firms, and others.

Along with most other leading restructuring consultancies, AlixPartners has weathered the current storm better than most other professional services firms. The needs of firms looking to preserve their future, or retain value for shareholders via administration work has seen AlixPartners regularly tapped to oversee the process. Recently, this saw the firm advising Bella Italia and Café Rouge owner Casual Dining Group on its restructuring.