Bain opens office in Washington DC for government

07 September 2012

Global consulting firm Bain & Company is going to open its first office in Washington D.C. this summer. Bain partner Phillip Kleweno will be appointed managing director of the office. In a press statement the strategy consulting firm confirmed that the fact that ex-Bain CEO Mitt Romney currently runs for President did not play a role in the decision to open the office in the political capital of the United States.

Entry in public sector

According to Tom Rodenhauser, vice president of consulting research firm Kennedy Information, the move by Bain is surprising. "Bain & Company is active in many industries, but it is best known for consumer products and financial services. Bain is only opening an office in Washington because it aims at doing projects in the public sector. Trying to gain ground in this sector would mean competing with Booz Allen Hamilton and the local office of McKinsey & Company. Bain is probably recognizing that doing high-profile government work is good for business these days". Kleweno expects that a few dozen employees will relocate to the city. In the long-run the ambition is to build an office of 100 consultants.

Bain partner Kleweno said the firm has been looking at the District for several years, well before Romney's 2008 presidential campaign. As its roster of clients in the area grew, the company figured it would be a good time to make a definitive move. "D.C. is a growing market with a vibrant business community, so we need to have an office here," he said.

Over Phillip Kleweno

Phillip Kleweno is an experienced Bainee. He began his career at the firm in 1985 and helped to establish the company's Los Angeles office 15 years ago. In 2001 he left the advisory firm for a C-suite position at Princess Cruises and following that he became CEO at Teleflora, a flower-delivery business. He rejoined Bain in 2008.

Over Mitt Romney

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney worked at the company for eight years, before founding spinoff private equity firm Bain Capital in 1985. When the consulting firm fell on hard times in the early 1990s, Romney returned as chief executive and revived the firm. All of the media attention surrounding Romney's time at Bain has put so much pressure on the consulting firm that it decided to publish answers to frequently asked questions about the relationship between the two firms.


Newcastle consulting firm opens Baghdad office

05 April 2019

A Newcastle-based consultancy has announced it will open its first office in Iraq. The news comes despite warnings that the area remains “high risk” for businesses.

16 years after the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the nation remains a shadow of its former self. The continued chaos wrought by the Iraq War – which eventually played a role in the rise to prominence of Daesh, further destabilising the region – means that even now, the nation’s capital is deemed to have the lowest quality of living in the world. According to a recent survey from Mercer, Baghdad ranked last overall – immediately below Bangui of the Central African Republic and Damascus in Syria – despite the other two being determined as the worst cities on the planet for personal safety.

However, as with the wider Middle East, the oil-rich state presents a lucrative destination to businesses willing to take the risk. To that end, a Newcastle recruitment consultancy has announced the opening of its first presence in Iraq’s capital city. Samuel Knight has taken the decision to open its Baghdad locale in order to grow its business in the Middle East.

Newcastle consulting firm opens Baghdad office

While businesses remain wary of the region, Samuel Knight specialises in recruiting talent in the energy and rail sectors, and in a release it said the new office would continue to focus on these areas. It will also allow the firm to make sure it abides by local compliance laws. The new location will be headed up by Haider Kadhim, Samuel Knight’s Iraq country manager, who will work as the first point of contact for clients and candidates. Representatives from the Department of Trade Industry are expected to attend a launch event for the office, which will be held this month.

Commenting on the new office,  a spokesperson for Samuel Knight said, “We probably don’t see it as a risk, but more of an opportunity, as we operate in the Middle East extensively already. We have contacts in place in the country location and with the consultants we have. We felt it was a great opportunity to expand into a country we are already doing work in. It means we have an on-the-ground team to help our clients. From our perspective, it is that we are looking to expand into new territories, but we are also supporting countries that are starting to redevelop after years of warfare.”

Steve Rawlingson, CEO at Samuel Knight, said, “Our aggressive five-year growth plan is manifesting at  an impressive rate, taking the company to exciting new territories. The team is working diligently to surpass expectations set out in the plan, and to ensure Samuel Knight is cemented as the leading global energy and rail recruitment specialist. Our Baghdad office will give us a distinctive edge over our competition and allow for more exciting business opportunities. Once the office becomes more established and client acquisition develops, we will certainly be adding more consultants and manpower in the city.”