Deloitte and BearingPoint alumnus new CEO of Sparc

09 October 2014 Consultancy.uk

U.S. software developer Sparc has appointed former Deloitte Consulting and BearingPoint consultant Marc Murphy as its new CEO. Murphy, who joined Sparc last year, successes Eric Bowman, the company’s founder.

After graduating from Bucknell University with a master’s degree in systems analysis, Murphy joined the U.S. Army, where he spent 5 years, in his last role serving as a Captain. In 1998 he joined KPMG, where he worked in the consulting practice, and focused on among others large-scale ERP projects. After KPMG Consulting was renamed BearingPoint in 2002, Murphy continued at BearingPoint, eventually growing to Managing Director of the firm’s Government Sector practice. In 2009 Murphy again found himself part of a sales process. Following BearingPoint’s financial problems in the U.S. – the European continent was performing well – the Government Sector unit was sold to rival Deloitte.

Marc Murphy - Sparc

Murphy subsequently worked nearly 4 years for the Big 4 firm, as Account Director in the Federal group, with a focus on the Defence sector. In March 2013 he decided to exit the consulting industry, and joined Sparc as COO, a software developer with three offices in the U.S. (Charleston, South Carolina and Washington, D.C). After a spell of 1,5 years he now has been elected CEO, succeeding founder Eric Bowman, who has decided to step down as CEO, but will continue as the company’s president and board chairman. “Marc has done an amazing job accelerating Sparc’s growth since joining the company, and his commitment to our team members, customers and partners will position Sparc to achieve the high levels of growth we expect in the next five years,” says Bowman.

“I have such respect for Sparc and its customers, as well as the technology it has consistently produced, and I’m honoured to be chosen to help guide the company,” comments Murphy.

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Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of partners

18 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

Three senior level consultants have been boosted to the rank of Partner at Quantum Advisory, as the firm works to meet heightened levels of client demand. Aled Edwards, Amanda Burdge and Chris Heirene become Partners as long-time Quantum member Rob Davies retires in May after 15 years as a Partner at the firm.

Founded in 2000, Quantum Advisory provides pension and employee benefits services to employers, scheme trustees and members, with five offices across the UK. The firm has enjoyed exponential growth in recent years, following a number of major client wins and booming demand for its services. It opened a new office in Bristol in 2016 to service the South West and in 2017 relocated its Cardiff office to a larger site within the Welsh capital to house the increased workforce. More recently, Quantum relocated its Amersham, Birmingham and London offices to more spacious premises in the centre of both cities to cope with demand.

The financial services consultancy, which employs 115 people across the UK, has promoted three senior team members to Partner, as part of its wider growth plans. The firm has moved Aled Edwards from Principal Consultant & Actuary, while Amanda Burdge has ascended from Principal Investment Consultant. Chris Heirene, former IT Manager, has also joined the ten current Partners at Quantum.

Aled Edwards most recently managed the actuarial team within Quantum’s Cardiff office as well as providing technical training for all staff. He boasts more than 17 years of pensions experience. He started his career as an Actuary at Jardine Lloyd Thompson’s Bristol wing, before joining Quantum in 2011. Edwards is also the President of the Welsh Actuarial Society (WAS), which supports actuaries and actuarial students living or working in Wales.

Rapid growth sees Quantum Advisory promote trio of Partners

Amanda Burdge joined Quantum’s team in 2001, as one of the fledgling firm’s first employees. Most recently she was a Principal Investment Consultant with the firm, and with more than a quarter of a century’s experience in the sector, she is responsible for providing investment advice to many of Quantum’s key clients with both defined benefit and defined contribution schemes. Prior to her time with Quantum, Burdge spent two years as a consultant with SBJ Benefit Consultants (now Capita), and three years with Tesco Pension Trustees. She currently sits on the Regulation Committee for the Pensions Management Institute.

Chris Heirene initially worked with Quantum as an IT Consultant with Teamwork Technology Services and then UES for over five years, before finally joining the firm itself in 2011. He is now responsible for Quantum’s IT systems across all of its offices, including the network and core server infrastructure which supports the business. Heirene is heavily involved in utilising IT to improve and build upon the processes in place throughout Quantum.

David Deidun, Partner at Quantum Advisory, said of the promotions, “This is a very exciting time for Quantum. The recent round of promotions fully recognise the hard work and dedication shown by the three, all of whom go above and beyond for the company. I’ve no doubt that Aled, Amanda and Chris will settle into their new roles with ease and look forward to working together to grow Quantum even further.”

The news comes as Rob Davies retires in May, after spending fifteen years as a Partner at Quantum. A qualified actuary, Davies was instrumental in setting up Quantum’s Investment Division, specialising in aiding clients with their investment strategies. He will remain with the company on a part-time consultancy basis, while working with several clients in the Fiduciary Manager area.