Hicham Abdessamad takes lead at Hitachi Consulting

16 October 2015 Consultancy.uk

Hicham Abdessamad has succeeded Hitachi Consulting’s retiring President and CEO Philip Parr. In his new role, Abdessamad will be responsible for the company’s strategic direction and operations as he seeks to reproduce the success at his prior role as head of Hitachi Data Systems Global Services.

In his latest role, Hicham Abdessamad served as an Executive Vice President of Global Services at Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, before which he was a Senior Vice President of Global Services. He continues to hold a position on Hitachi’s Consulting board. Prior to joining Hitachi Data Systems, Abdessamad worked for EMC running the company’s Global Practice for the Open Software division, before taking on the role of Global Practice Manager for EMC's Information Management Software Division. Before starting at EMC, Abdessamad worked for StorageNetworks.

Hicham Abdessamad, Hitachi Consulting

Abdessamad holds Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering from Suffolk University. In addition, he completed the executive development programme at the Wharton School of Business at Dartmouth University, and the executive leadership programme at the International Institute of Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Per 1 October Abdessamad assumed the President and CEO position at Hitachi Consulting, a subsidiary of the Japanese Hitachi Corporation, following the retirement of Philip Parr. Abdessamad ascended to the role following his strong performance at the firm's Data Systems Global Services division, where he doubled annual revenues to $1.3 billion. As President and CEO, Abdessamad will be responsible for Hitachi Consulting’s worldwide operation, strategic direction and customer services experience. His new role will see him ensure that the consulting firm delivers proven best practice, consistency and service efficiency across its various service lines.

Outgoing President and CEO Parr’s legacy at Hitachi spans 13 years, over which time the company grew from a largely US-based company with 1,200 staff to a global IT and business consultancy with 6,500 staff operating in 50 countries.

Hitachi Consulting

“Seeing the company grow, our base of talent expand around the world, and positioning Hitachi Consulting as Hitachi’s global consulting and IT services company was an exciting and highly satisfying period for me as president and CEO,” reflects Parr. “But what is the most fun in this business is working with our customers and talented people. During the last few years I have worked with Hicham and come to respect his capabilities as a leader, and I know we share the same passion for excellence and drive to deliver the highest levels of customer value. I am very pleased that Hicham will be leading Hitachi Consulting into its next round of growth and services innovation.”

Commenting on Parr’s retirement, Abdessamad says: “Phil has developed Hitachi Consulting into a global leader in consulting services and has been a close collaborator with my team at HDS for many years. I want to thank him for all of his contributions, not only to Hitachi Consulting but to the entire Hitachi ecosystem. I’m thrilled with this new role, and look forward to helping drive continued growth for Hitachi Consulting and, most importantly, greater strategic value for our global clients.”

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Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

23 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Sergio Cardoso, Matt Maltz, Jessica Patel, Marc Roberts and Nick Warner have been appointed as partners at Grant Thornton. With the company undergoing a year of transition under new leadership, the new members will help consolidate the firm’s offering as it looks to reach new levels of growth in 2019.

2019 sees Grant Thornton’s UK wing undergoing a process of transformation. As the group looks to ensure its teams “provide the right level of support for profitable growth” and create an environment that “makes it easier for our people to do great work”, the firm has announced a succession of senior appointments across its regional divisions.

In February, this saw Chris Petts and James Bulloss named Partner and Director in the North East and Yorkshire respectively. Now, the UK’s sixth-largest auditing and consulting firm has confirmed the installation of a further five Partners across its UK team.

Sergio Cardoso is a long-standing Grant Thornton employee, having joined from Daniel Auerbach & Company – where he was an Accountant – in 2005. Cardoso rose steadily through the ranks since then, taking up his most recent role as Audit and Assurance Director in 2015. In that role, he focused on dynamic, fast-growing and entrepreneurial private companies, as well as multinational and AIM-listed groups. He now takes up the position of Partner in Grant Thornton’s audit practice.

Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

Nick Warner has been appointed as a partner in Grant Thornton’s VAT team based in London. Bringing more than 20 years of experience in tax to the role, Warner joins the firm from Moore Stephens, where he most recently was VAT Partner, during a five-year stay with the firm. Prior to that, Warner was a Partner in VAT at BDO and PKF UK. He also spent five years at HMRC as a Higher Executive Officer.

Matt Maltz is the first of three Partner appointments in Grant Thornton’s real estate tax division. A former EY Partner in real estate tax, Maltz spent 17 years with the Big Four firm. In his new position with Grant Thornton, he will tackle similar client areas, as a Partner in real estate tax.

Jessica Patel has also been promoted as a Partner in the firm’s real estate tax practice, having been with the firm for more than 15 years. Patel joined Grant Thornton as a trainee in 2003. She is a licensed member of both the Association of Tax Technicians and the Chartered Institute of Taxation. As a Partner, Patel will advise a wide variety of clients ranging from UK property investors and developers to overseas investors and property funds.

Marc Roberts is another Big Four alumnus to join Grant Thornton as a Partner. Roberts exited EY to take up his new position, having been an Associate Partner and real estate advisory lead at the company. With more than 25 years of experience in the financial services sector, Roberts also formerly held a Directorship and headed the corporate finance real estate advisory team at fellow Big Four firm PwC.