KPMG sets up regional alumni network in Bahrain

15 August 2014

KPMG’s global alumni network has been expanded with the newly set up alumni network in Bahrain. This regional network aims at bringing together 300 alumni and keeping them connected with the developments of the global accounting- and consulting giant.

For consulting firms, alumni networks are important assets. Not only do they enable firms to keep in touch with potential clients – majority of alumni end up in management positions across all industries – its importance as a channel for recruitment is also growing. Many alumni eventually choose to return to the consulting industry, and with a network in place, search and recruitment costs can be minimised. From an alumnus perspective, alumni networks are highly valued because they enable former employees to stay in touch with the organisation. Alumni can stay connected with key developments of the firm, former colleagues, exchange professional views and, if required, reconnect with other alumni.

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Against this background, KPMG in Bahrain has also decided to launch an alumni network. The community aims at bringing together over 300 professionals in Bahrain (and the region) that have worked for KPMG, either locally or overseas. “Any good business person knows that nurturing relationships is key to keeping on top of your profession,” says Jamal Fakhro, Managing Partner of KPMG in Bahrain.

Former Manager at KPMG, Nawaf Al Maskati, who currently is Director of Sales and Marketing at Maskati Bros and Company, says: “KPMG's alumni programme is an exciting initiative to rekindle relationships. From a business perspective, it allows you to stay abreast of your contacts’ new ventures and the latest industry insights; and on a personal front, you get a chance to know what’s new with your old friends and co-workers. I look forward to taking part in the upcoming activities.”


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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.