Mike Ballanco joins Hachette Book Group as CIO

15 December 2015 Consultancy.uk

Mike Ballanco, a 22 year Accenture veteran and with more than 10 years’ experience in the music industry, will take on the role of CIO at Hachette Book Group. Leveraging his past experience as CIO of EMI and Warner Music, his new responsibilities include IT planning, management and service delivery.

Mike Ballanco started his career at Accenture in 1981. During his 22 years at the firm he worked as a (senior) Business Integration Consultant, specialised in delivery, management, and enterprise technology programme design. During his ascension to Associate Partner, he worked for clients across industries, including Consumer & Industrial Products, Wireless Telecom, Wholesale Distribution and Transportation. In 2003 Ballanco moved to music company EMI, where he worked as North American Regional CIO and Head of Global Applications. During his five years with the company, he was responsible for the North American IT Operations, as well as EMI’s global portfolio of 200+ business applications. In 2009 he joined Warner Music as the company’s Senior Vice-President and CIO. Ballanco was responsible for the company’s global IT service delivery. At the start of 2015, he briefly joined Pace Harmon as a Senior Technology Management Consultant.

Ballanco holds a BA in Economics and Business from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-Newark.

Mike Ballanco, Hachette Book Group

In his new role as CIO of the Hachette Book Group, Ballanco will leverage his more than 10 years IT line management & global CIO responsibility, strengthened by more than 20 years’ experience in technology delivery to the company. His new responsibilities include IT planning, management and service delivery for the publisher.

In a statement, Hachette says that the firm will leverage his long experience in the “rapidly evolving creative industry, where [he] worked on a wide array of transformative domestic and global IT initiatives.” Ballanco replaces Ralph Munsen, who moves to media investment group GroupM, and will take on the role of Managing Partner and Global Head of Development.

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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.