Zahi Zeini new Managing Partner of Deloitte Bahrain

14 August 2014 Consultancy.uk

Accounting and consulting firm Deloitte has appointed Zahi Zeini as the new Managing Partner of its Bahrain practice. Zeini succeeds Roger Nasr, who has taken on the regional role of Risk & Reputation leadership and a position on Deloitte’s Middle East Management Team.

Deloitte has been active in Bahrain since 1955, and nearly 20 years later the local country organization offers a large array of professional services in Audit, Consulting, Financial Advisory and Enterprise Risk services. In addition, the Bahrain practice houses Deloitte’s regional ‘Islamic Finance Knowledge Center’, which publishes Islamic Finance thought leadership for the MENA region.

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Following the internal promotion of Nasr, the partner team has elected the Lebanese Zeini as his successor, an audit and advisory partner with more than 20 years of experience in the Middle East. He has led a large portfolio of audit engagements across various industries consisting of the most part of large banks and financial institutions as well as construction, consumer products, retail, wholesale and distribution, public sector, and agriculture.

"It gives me great pleasure to welcome Zahi Zeini to this new chapter in his long career with Deloitte which will benefit our clients and people in Bahrain. The move reflects the strength of the business climate in Bahrain and Deloitte's commitment to this dynamic market,” says Omar Fahoum, Chief Executive of Deloitte’s Middle East region. “We continue to expand our size and offerings in Bahrain, with the country being at the forefront of Islamic Finance and one of the strategic markets in the Middle East region.”

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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.