Manon Janssen Chief Executive Officer of Ecorys

14 October 2015

Global research and consulting firm Ecorys has appointed Manon Janssen as Chief Executive Officer and Chair of its Board of Management. Janssen joins from sustainability consultancy Ecofys, where she spent the past five years as Managing Director.

Manon Janssen has significant knowledge and experience in consulting and the industry. From 2010 to 2015 she acted as CEO and Managing Director of Ecofys, an international consultancy specialised in (sustainable) energy and climate change. Prior to that she worked for Philips – in her most recent role as Chief Marketing Officer of the Lighting Division she was responsible for the unit’s global marketing and innovation activities. She played a major role in the launch of ‘a simple switch’ and ‘EcoVision’ – two well-known sustainability programmes of Philips Lighting – and was responsible for several green innovations, including LED solutions. Earlier in her career Janssen served Electrolux, where she restructured the portfolio of brand to better meet customer needs, and Procter & Gamble, where she led brands such as Pampers, Always and Dreft, working in different countries and cultures.

Manon Janssen Ecorys

Per 1 September 2015 Janssen decided to accept a new challenge, and has been named CEO and Chair of Ecorys, an international research and advisory firm focused on economic, social and spatial development topics. Ecorys, established in 2000 following the merger between UK-based ECOTEC and Netherlands-based NEI Kolpron, has a team of roughly 550 experts, conducting projects in more than 100 countries.

“We welcome Manon Janssen to Ecorys as CEO and Chair of the Board of Management, working together with Peter van der Meij*” says Hein Schreuder, Chairman of the Supervisory Board. “Her management expertise, leadership qualities and customer focus will be invaluable in leading Ecorys to the next phase of profitable growth and expansion, serving clients in the public sector as well as the private sector.”

Last year, Janssen was, in the Netherlands, named one of the 100 most influential professionals in the area of sustainability, a recognition she also received in 2012.

* Peter van der Meij, an alumnus of among others Ernst & Young Consulting and Capgemini Consulting, serves as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Ecorys.


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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."

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