Former BNP Paribas CEO Baudouin Prot joins BCG France

03 December 2015

Baudouin Prot, former Chairman and CEO of BNP Paribas, has joined consulting firm The Boston Consulting Group in France as Senior Advisor.

After completing his studies at the HEC (L'Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales) and ENA (l'Ecole Nationale d'Administration), Baudouin Prot began his career in 1976 with the French Treasury and Industry ministry. Seven years later, in 1983, he joined Banque Nationale de Paris Continentale – a subsidiary of BNP, then known as Banque Nationale de Paris – where he was appointed deputy manager. Prot climbed up the ranks, named head of retail banking in 1987, Chief Operating Officer in 1996, and ultimately Chief Executive Officer in 2003, a role which he fulfilled for eight years. Between 2011 and 2014 Prot served as Chairman of the bank – he formally stepped down, after offering his resignation, on 1 December 2014.

Under Prot’s leadership BNP Paribas has, despite the colossal impact of the financial crisis, booked impressive growth. Between 2003 and 2014 the French bank tripled its shareholders’ equity (from €25.7 billion to €77.1 billion), doubled revenues (from €18 billion to €39 billion) and doubled headcount (from 89,000 to 185,000 employees). Testimony to his leadership, Prot is one of the few bank bosses that have managed to remain in their seats during the economic crisis and its aftermath. “Beyond the remarkable growth of BNP Paribas at the service of its clients, and the reinforcement of its financial strength, we are grateful to Baudouin Prot for his total commitment during the financial crisis of 2007-2011 when he faced on a daily basis, with his teams, situations which were unprecedented in the financial sector. His performance at the helm of the bank has been excellent,” BNP Paribas stated on the day he said farewell to the bank.

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Nearly a year down the line Prot has decided to affiliate himself with the Boston Consulting Group, one of the globe’s most renowned management consulting firms. Prot has been appointed as a Senior Advisor, and will focus mainly on clients in the financial services sector, one of BCG’s key markets in France and globally. "His experience with leading a large international group, complemented with his banking expertise, will prove a great addition to BCG’s service portfolio,” writes BCG France in a press release.

Commenting on his new role, Prot says: “I am delighted to take up this new challenge in a team which is widely recognised for its consulting excellence.”

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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019

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.