Philippe Salle new Chief Executive Officer of Altran Group

14 June 2011

Philippe Salle has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Altran. His appointment was approved on June 10, 2011 during the general assembly, and was recently ratified by the Board of Directors. Philippe Salle worked for Accenture en McKinsey & Company before working for the oil company Geoservices Group, where he was the global CEO.

Philippe Salle says: "I am honored to be Chairman and Chief Executive of Altran. This group, a leader in innovation and high technology consulting, has a lot of potential. I will focus on growth acceleration and boosting the performance. All this through cooperation with the teams that have made Altran what it is today."

Philippe Salle - Altran

About Philippe Salle

Salle began his career with Total in Indonesia, and then worked at Accenture. In the period 1995-1999 he was project director at McKinsey & Company. He then went to work at Vedior (now Randstad, listed on the Amsterdam stock exchange). In 2002, he became chairman and managing director of Vedior France and four years later president of the Southern European division of ​​the company (France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland). He held this position until 2007, when he joined Geoservices Group, a technology company in the oil sector with 7,000 employees operating in 52 countries. First as Managing Director then as Chairman and Chief Executive up to March 2011.

Philippe Salle is a graduate of the Ecole des Mines de Paris, and has an MBA degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, North-western University (Chicago, USA).


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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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