Outsourcing veteran Elesh Khakar joins Alsbridge in UK

16 November 2015 Consultancy.uk

Outsourcing advisor Alsbridge has boosted its UK team with Elesh Khakar, adding over 30 years of experience in sourcing and business IT management to its leadership. Khakar joins as a Managing Director in the UK office, based in Oxford.

With over 300 consultants on four continents, Alsbridge is one of the larger specialised consultancies in the sourcing domain. The firm supports clients with a range of management and IT consulting services, including benchmarking, outsourcing, IT asset management, vendor management and since recently, also robotics process automation (RAP).

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Earlier this year Alsbridge – which is headquartered in Texas, US – unveiled ambitious growth plans in Europe, and in particular the UK, where it aims at growing its employee base to 50 by the end of this year, up from 15 at the start of 2015. As part of the expansion drive, Alsbridge UK in April acquired Source, an Oxford-based sourcing consultancy, and added several senior advisors to its local team, among others Paul Donaldson, who joined in September and has been tasked with developing the firm’s footprint in the growing robotics market segment. 

The latest high profile professional to join the ranks is Elesh Khakhar, an outsourcing and IT veteran with over 30 years’ experience in various leadership roles including strategic sourcing, IT Strategy, business transformation and IT consulting. Before joining Alsbridge, Khakhar was Director of Strategic Business Accounts for Hewlett-Packard, focusing on the energy sector and major accounts. Previously, he was at ISG (formerly TPI*) as a Partner, EMEA CIO Services and Strategic Deals. Khakhar also has significant experience in the financial services sector; his past roles include Head of Infrastructure for Halifax Group Treasury and Wholesale Banking and VP of Technology for J.P. Morgan. He spent the first twenty or so years of his career with IT firms Comshare and Sun Microsystems, and later on with J.P. Morgan and CSC. 

At Alsbridge, Khakhar joins the firm’s global Leadership team, reporting to the six-member Executive Team, which besides the latest joiner also consists of UK-based Eleanor Winn (who co-founded Source and joined following the acquisition), Barry Matthews and Steve Jeffree, as well as Jeff Frazer (Canada) and Olaf Baunack (Germany).

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Chip Wagner, CEO of Alsbridge, says he is delighted with the appointment of Khakhar, stating “Elesh Khakhar brings a new level of depth and breadth of experience and expertise to our UK and European operations.” Wagner adds: “His demonstrated success in planning, negotiating and implementing large-scale, multi-billion dollar IT sourcing and business transformation programs in the EMEA market significantly enhances our ability to help clients address their business challenges and achieve positive outcomes.”

Commenting on his new role, Khakhar says: “This is an exciting time for our industry, and the need for effective collaboration, creativity and leadership to achieve success and deliver business results has never been greater. I look forward to working with our clients and my new colleagues to apply my experience and to continue to learn and be effective in today’s dynamic marketplace.”

Earlier this year Alsbridge was named of the World’s Best Outsourcing Advisors by the IAOP. 

* TPI was purchased by IT services giant ISG in April 2007 for $280 million.

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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.