Jane Harley joins FTI as Director of Talent Acquisition EMEA

04 March 2016 Consultancy.uk

FTI Consulting has appointed Jane Harley to the role of Director of Talent Acquisition for the EMEA region. She joins from Norman Broadbent where she held the position of Managing Director. London-based FTI Consulting has enjoyed strong growth in recent years, and newly appointed Harley will be responsible for identifying and attracting appropriate senior leaders to the firm.

Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Jane Harley worked at Norman Broadbent as a Managing Director. The role saw Harely responsible for the recruitment of top Management consulting talent across Europe in a wide range of functional areas, as well as provide clients with: talent growth strategy, market intelligence and salary benchmarking, assessment centre design & talent due diligence and talent retention. Previously, between 2007 and 2014, Harley worked at Alvarez & Marsal for 12 years. Her role was to run and develop the firm’s Talent Acquisition practice; an in-house search function to source and attract talent to support clients’ ambitious growth plans, outside of the US – Harley assisted the firm in the opening of a range of offices as well as the growth of the practice from 40 to 440. Additional employers, where Harley held positions between 1993 and 2003, include Korn Ferry (which recently merged with Hay Group), TMP, SAPMarkets, Advent Television and Morgan & Banks, among others.

Jane Harley - FTI

FTI Consulting recently picked up Harley, who joins the firm as Director of Talent Acquisition for the EMEA regions: Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Harley brings more than 20 years of professional experience to her new role, and will be responsible for identifying and attracting the appropriate senior leaders to the firm as it continues to grow. Harley will be based in London.

Commenting on today's announcement, Julia Sherlock, Chief Operating Officer of FTI Consulting’s EMEA region remarks, "Our continued growth and success is due to the outstanding expertise and experience of our people, and we are committed to attracting and retaining the very best in their fields.”

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Accenture's Rothco installs new Executive Creative Director

24 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

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.