Regina Mayor leads Energy practice of KPMG in US

14 September 2015

KPMG US has named Regina Mayor the new sector leader for its energy and natural resources practice. Mayor, who has been with the Big Four for nine years now, previously serving Capgemini and EY, succeeds John Kunasek, who has been named managing partner of market development.

Mayor joined KPMG in 2006, after a spell of more than ten years with counterparts Capgemini and EY. She currently is a Principal in KPMG’s Advisory Services practice, specialising in Business Performance Improvement, as well as serving as the Houston Advisory Office Leader and head of the National Advisory Energy & Natural Resources (ENR) unit. In both these capacities, Mayor determines the strategy and investment for the firm to better serve the Energy industry as well as optimises the delivery of KPMG’s services in the South.

Effective today, Mayor has been promoted to the role of sector leader of the US energy and natural resources practice, leading all three arms — advisory, audit and tax — for the sector. “Significant changes, including breakthrough technologies, regulatory constraints and market volatility, have challenged the energy industry across all sectors, forcing companies to re-evaluate their business models,” Mayor says in a statement. She succeeds John Kunasek, who in turn has been given the role of managing partner of market development. Kunasek is responsible for driving cross-functional growth in KPMG's largest markets, with an emphasis on Fortune 1000, strategic mid-market and private equity firms.

Regina Mayor, John Kunasek and Tandra Jackson - KPMG

Mayor earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and government from Cornell University and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Rice University teaching a class on energy strategy for executive MBA students.

KPMG has approximately 1,050 employees based in its Houston office. Last month the professional services firm unveiled the appointment of Tandra Jackson as managing partner of its Houston office, making KPMG the fourth of the Big Four to be led by women in Houston.


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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.