Protiviti appoints globally 14 new Managing Directors

26 February 2014

Protiviti, a global consulting firm that specializes in Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) advisory, has promoted fourteen employees to a Managing Director Position. Two of the newly appointed Managing Directors are based outside the U.S, Protiviti’s home base. Announcements have been made across a variety of its client solution groups, including Business Process Improvement, IT Consulting, Internal Audit and Financial Advisory, Restructuring and Litigation Services and Risk and Compliance.

An overview of the New Managing Directors per client solution group:

Business Process Improvement

  • Christopher Monk, based in Houston, Texas, has more than 14 years of experience in supply chain management and is a leader in the supply chain practice.

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IT Consulting

  • Samir Datt, based in Houston, has more than 17 years of IT experience in governance, process and strategy, as well as system implementation and integration.
  • Aric Quinones, based in Atlanta, has more than 15 years of experience in SAP, GRC and IT security.
  • Siamak Razmazma,based in San Francisco, has more than 25 years of experience in enterprise systems and business process optimization and automation.
  • David Taylor, based in Orlando, has more than 20 years of experience in IT audit, information security and computer forensics.

Internal Audit and Financial Advisory

  • Gordon Braun,based in Overland Park, has more than 14 years of experience in both internal audit and IT consulting, and leads Protiviti’s Kansas City office.
  • Steve La France, based in Los Angeles, has more than 16 years of experience in risk consulting and audit services for the financial services industry.
  • Jason Roberts, based in Salt Lake City, has more than 17 years of experience in public accounting, business consulting and internal audit.
  • Ari Sagett, based in Chicago, has more than 12 years of experience helping clients understand and evaluate the risks associated with their use of technology.
  • Scott Springman, based in St. Louis, has more than 14 years of experience in IT audit and technology risk consulting.
  • Mark Peters, based in London, has more than 20 years of experience in IT consulting, IT audit assurance, and IT risk management and advisory.

Restructuring and Litigation Services

  • Robert Smith, based in Richmond, has more than 18 years of experience in corporate restructuring, complex commercial litigation, financial and forensic investigations, and business valuations.

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Risk and Compliance

  • Bill Byrnes, based in Chicago, advises clients on the assessment and implementation of strong risk management practices across the major risk types faced within the financial services industry.
  • Masato Maki, based in Tokyo, has extensive experience and leads the ERM, GRC and IT audit practices for several industries, including finance and manufacturing.

“The fact that we’ve named fourteen new managing directors representing five solution groups is telling of the deep expertise and excellent value Protiviti is delivering to clients across business functions,” said Joseph Tarantino, global CEO of Protiviti. “These individuals have played an important role in advancing our firm and will continue to share in the responsibility of solving clients’ critical business problems.”


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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."

Related: Accenture's push into the creative sector is an identity crisis.