Lloyd Howell Chief Financial Officer of Booz Allen Hamilton

09 March 2016 Consultancy.uk

Booz Allen Hamilton's Executive Vice President, Lloyd Howell, will follow up retiring CFO Kevin Cook per July this year. In his new role as CFO, Howell will leverage his more than 24 year career, with much of it at the firm, to help Booz Allen continue its growth trajectory.

Lloyd Howell currently serves as the Executive Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton, and leads the firm’s Civil and Commercial Group (CCG). In the role he is responsible for delivering strategic, technology and analytics capabilities to the firm’s federal and commercial sector clients. Prior to which, between 2009 and 2013, he was the Client Service Officer (CSO) for the firm’s Financial Services account in the Civil Market. Previously, he was the Strategy & Organization Capability Leader between 2005 and 2009. In 2000 he was appointed a Partner at the firm, having started five years previously as a member of the firm’s Strategy and Organization unit, with a focus on Defense clients. Formerly, he worked for Goldman Sachs in the bank’s Investment Banking Division, although he started his career at Booz Allen Hamilton in 1988 as a Consultant. Additional roles at Booz Allen Hamilton have included member of the Board (Personnel Committee), from which he presided over substantial company (internal) transformation efforts.

Howell holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University. In addition, Howell is a board member for Integra Life Sciences, the Committee for Economic Development, Partnership for Public Service and Capital Partners, among others.

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Booz Allen Hamilton’s announcement sees the current CFO, Kevin Cook, retire from his position after an eight year stint. At the start of July 2016, Howell will succeed him in the position of Principal Financial Officer, while Laura Adams, currently the firm’s Controller, will assume the position of Principal Accounting officer. In his new role, Howell will leverage his more than 24 years of leadership in business operations and strategic planning to, as CFO, continue to drive forward the firm’s growth strategy.

“Lloyd Howell’s deep experience leading business operations will allow us to add another dimension to the CFO role as we scale across our client base the new capabilities and service offerings we have built in recent years,” says President and CEO Horacio Rozanski. “Lloyd’s proven leadership and unique insight will be valuable drivers as we execute against our long-term plan to achieve sustainable, quality growth.”

Reflecting on Cook’s contributions to the firm, Rozanski adds: “During his 23 years at Booz Allen, Kevin has made countless contributions to the firm’s success. His tremendous skill helped guide us through critical transitions, including the separation of our government and commercial businesses into two distinct firms in 2008* and our initial public offering in 2010.”

* In 2008 Booz Allen Hamilton split into Booz Allen and Booz & Company. The latter consultancy, which focuses on private sector clients internationally, was acquired by PwC in 2014, and upon integration was rebranded as Strategy&.

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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.