Oliver Wyman partner becomes CRO of BNY Mellon

04 November 2014 Consultancy.uk

Global investments company BNY Mellon has appointed James Wiener as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer. Wiener joins BNY Mellon from Oliver Wyman, where he was Partner and Head of the North American Public Policy Practice, and starts his new job on 24 November 2014.

BNY Mellon is a global investment management and investment services provider that helps clients manage and service their financial assets throughout the investment lifecycle. The firm serves institutions, corporations and individual investors in 35 countries and more than 100 markets.

Recently, BNY Mellon appointed James Wiener as Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer, as of 24 November 2014. At BNY Mellon, Wiener will lead the global Risk and Compliance Group. Wiener will oversee the compliance and credit, operational and market risk functions, and will continue to build the firm’s risk management capabilities, such as including integrating enterprise risk data, reporting, analytics, modelling and strategy efforts. In addition to his new role as Senior Executive VP and CRO, Wiener will serve on the Executive Committee.

James Wiener - BNY Mellon

Wiener will succeed retiring Brian Rogan and report to BNY Mellon’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gerald Hassell and the Risk Committee of the Board of Directors. “Jim's deep and wide-ranging experience provides him with a unique understanding of the risk management requirements and expectations of the public and private sectors. He will provide our company with strong leadership, counsel and vision in the on-going management of our compliance and credit, operational and market risk areas,” says Hassell.

Wiener will join NBY Mellon from consulting firm Oliver Wyman, where he leaves as Partner and Head of the North American Public Policy Practice and member of the firm's management committee. In his role he has focussed on providing strategic advice on organic and inorganic growth strategies and financial and risk management issues. Prior to this he held several other senior roles including Senior Partner and Leader of the North American Finance and Risk Management Practice. Wiener joined Oliver Wyman in 1994 after graduating with a PhD in Physics from Princeton University. Wiener also has a BA in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania.

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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.