Marc Carrel-Billiard leads Accenture Technology R&D

26 October 2015 Consultancy.uk

Accenture has promoted Marc Carrel-Billiard to Global Managing Director of Technology Research & Development. In his new role, Carrel-Billiard will oversee Accenture Technology’s R&D organisation, a unit which consists of among others Technology Labs (5 locations globally) and the firm’s Open Innovation programme.

Carrel-Billiard joined Accenture in 1998. Over the past 17 years he fulfilled a range of roles at the consulting and technology firm, including Head of Technology Consulting for the BeneLux (2005 – 2007), Global Practice Lead of the Application Portfolio Management unit (2008 – 2010), and most recently he served as Accenture’s Global Lead for Emerging Technology. Before joining Accenture in 1998, Carrel-Billiard worked for IBM Global Services. He holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Sciences from École Nationale des Telecommunications de Paris as well as a Master of Science degree in Computer Sciences from École Nationale Supérieure d’Informatique pour l’Industrie et l’Entreprise (ENSIEE) in France.

Marc Carrel-Billiard

Per 1 October Carrel-Billiard has been promoted to the role of Global Managing Director of Research & Development within the Technology business unit. He takes responsibility for Accenture Technology Labs, the firm’s arm which explores new and emerging technologies, with locations in Silicon Valley, California; Sophia Antipolis, France; Arlington, Virginia; Beijing, China; and Bangalore, India. He will in addition direct Accenture Open Innovation, the group that works with start-ups, venture capitalists, leading academic organisations and corporate R&D groups, and lead Accenture’s annual Technology Vision research, which looks at the future of enterprise IT and makes recommendations for how organisations can take advantage of technology to improve their business results.

“I’m thrilled to take on this incredible opportunity to lead Accenture’s Technology R&D group which continues to stretch the boundaries of traditional enterprise technology and help clients reimagine the future. I look forward to working with an incredible global team of top minds, researchers and scientists, to take the latest technology innovations from vision to value for our clients,” says Carrel-Billiard.

Sanjay Podder, Accenture Mmanaging Director of the Bangalore Technology Labs, comments: “Marc is a visionary technologist who is highly respected in our industry and exceptionally qualified to lead this area of our company. He has extensive experience in developing and delivering emerging technologies, including key areas of IT such as cognitive computing and robotics. Throughout his career, Marc has distinguished himself as a thought leader and evangelist for new and innovative technologies, and has also had great success as an Accenture leader delivering business results to clients.”

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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

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.