Alain Bollack and Mike Wilks join Capgemini Consulting in UK

21 March 2016

Capgemini Consulting has added two Vice Presidents to its Utilities practice in the UK. The new addition, Alain Bollack and Mike Wilks, further deepen the practices’ technical expertise with more than 50 years of combined experience.

Prior to joining Capgemini Consulting, Alain Bollack was since 2010 a Director EY – he started at the firm in 2006 as a Senior Manager. Previously Bollack was a Management Consultant at IBM, where he began in 2003, and a Consultant at PwC, from 1997. Prior to this, between 1991 and 1997, Bollack worked as a Management Consultant for CSC; Bollack, who holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business from ISG, started his career at PAA as a Consultant in 1989.

In the new role with Capgemini Consulting, Bollack will leverage his more than 25 years of technical and consulting experience to lead the firm’s Smart Energy Services Centre of Excellence team.

Prior to joining Capgemini Consulting, Mike Wilks was a Director at EY for around a year. Previously, he worked at Poyry Management Consulting as a Director from 2013, having started at the firm in 2010 as a Senior Principal. Before this, between 2004 and 2010, he worked at KEMA Consulting as Principal Consultant in Markets & Regulation, following a short stint at MW Power Consulting as the firm’s Managing Director. Earlier roles include a brief stint (10 months) at Williams Energy Marketing & Trading Europe as its UK Power Operations Manager; a one year role at Enron Europe as the UK Power Analytics & 24hr Trading Manager, for a year starting in 2000; and various other commercial roles from 1991, which culminated in the role of Analysis Manager at GB Market.

Alain Bollack and Mike Wilks

Wilks holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Imperial College London, a Master of Science in Quality Engineering & Statistics from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of Warwick - Warwick Business School.

Capgemini Consulting has named Wilks Vice President in the UK Utilities team. In his new role, he leverages his more than 25 years of experience to provide expertise in energy networks to further build Capgemini’s energy networks business; Wilks joins the firm’s Assets and Operational Centre of Excellence team.

Martin Wells Senior Vice President and Head of Utilities at Capgemini Consulting, comments that the firm is “delighted” with the addition of Bollack and Wilks. He adds: “Both bring tremendous experience working with national and international organisations, and have a proven delivery track record helping clients successfully transform to take advantage of the opportunities in the smart energy market. At a time when our utilities clients need partners with the expertise to nudge them ahead of the competition, they will help us build our already impressive smart energy services capabilities.”

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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.