PwC poaches analytics advisors from Accenture and EY

22 September 2015

PwC has strengthened its Advanced Risk and Compliance Analytics (ARCA) practice with the appointment of Scott Samme and Tayyaba Arif as Data Analytics Directors to the firm’s Financial Services Risk and Regulation team in the UK. The addition of the two will help the firm better service its clients with their data management, financial crime and compliance challenges.

Tayyaba Arif joins PwC from Accenture, where she has worked since 2002, joining the firm out of University. During her more than 12 years at the consulting firm, Arif climbed the ranks up to Senior Manager, a capacity in which she led Data Management and Governance at Accenture Digital, and helped organisations develop their data vision and strategy. Arif holds a Bachelor in Computer Science from Agder University College and a Master's in Software Engineering from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

In her new role at PwC, Arif will lead the Data Management and Governance practice at ARCA.

PwC poaches analytics advisors from Accenture and EY

Scott Samme moves to PwC from EY, where he was a Director in the IT Risk and Compliance Advisory practice for three and a half years. Prior to this, he acted as Executive Manager and Head of Delivery for Detica NetReveal, BAE System’s risk, fraud and compliance solution, between 2006 and 2012. Other roles held by Samme include that of Project Manager for Warner Bros and for Getronics, and of Technical team lead for HBOS and for Lloyds Banking Group. Samme holds a degree in Geography from the University of London.

At PwC, Samme will lead the Analytics Financial Crime and Compliance team within ARCA.

Commenting on his boosted team, Nick Bouch, Leader of the Financial Services ARCA practice at PwC, says: “I am delighted that both Scott and Tayyaba have chosen to join the leadership of the rapidly growing PwC FS ARCA practice. Scott and Tayyaba bring a wealth of knowledge about the data management, financial crime and compliance challenges that our financial services clients are increasingly experiencing, with a detailed understanding of how data analytics can be used to address these challenges.”


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Accenture's Rothco installs new Executive Creative Director

24 April 2019

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.