Rene Schob Country Partner of Mazars in Romania

12 September 2014 Consultancy.uk

Accounting and consulting firm Mazars has appointed René Schöb as the new Country Managing Partner of its Romanian practice. Schöb succeeds Jean-Pierre Vigroux, who has decided to retire from the professional life in the audit industry and focus on his own business activities. 

René Schöb is a Tax Partner at Mazars and has been leading the Tax Advisory Department since September 2013, following the merger between Mazars and Adevaris, the firm that he represented as Managing Partner and co-founder. As a result of the merger, Mazars has grown to one of the top five players in the Romanian market specialising in audit, tax, accounting, payroll and advisory.

René Schöb: “It is an honour, a responsibility and a challenge for me to follow Jean-Pierre’s leadership at Mazars. He is a landmark of the professional services’ development in the last 20 years in Romania. I thank Jean-Pierre and my partner colleagues for the trust they have in me. Expectations raised with regards to Mazars’ current stage of development in Romania are high as we continue to strengthen our market position following the recent merger. I am convinced that today’s changing economic environment creates many opportunities for us that we aim to take.” 

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The departing Country Managing Partner, Jean-Pierre Vigroux, will pursue his career outside Mazars, although he has agreed to maintain an advisory role at the advisory firm.

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Recently Mazars launched a new service line in Romania – the integrated Dutch Desk, a new service aimed at assisting the Dutch business community in the country.

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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.