PwC Poland relocates Krakow office to new High5ive project

08 June 2018

The Polish arm of accounting and consulting giant PwC is moving into a new office in Krakow.

PwC in Poland currently employs over 4,500 accountants, advisors, consultants and support staff across offices in eight cities: in Gdansk, Katowice, Krakow, Lodz, Poznan, Rzeszow, Wroclaw and Warsaw.

In a move that is set to upgrade its presence in Krakow, the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland, the Big Four firm is relocating its office to building E in the High5ive office complex. Leasing a 1,200 square metre space, the new office will provide a more “modern and innovative working environment” to PwC’s employees in the city, said Michał Mastalerz, a partner at the firm and head of the Kraków office. “We are constantly developing the services we offer to our clients spanning the fields of audit, tax, financial advisory and consulting. We value the comfort that we provide to our employees, so we’ve decided to change our offices.”

PwC is currently located in Krakow’s Centrum Biurowe Lubicz. The new High5ive project, which is still under construction, will consist of five buildings with a total floor space of around 70,000 square metres. PwC has tapped local architect NS Moon Studio to design its office.PwC relocates its Krakow office to the High5ive project

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Big Four PwC has been active in Poland for over 27 years. Its Krakow office was established three years after it entered the Polish market. The country organisation is led by Adam Krasoń, who has been with the firm since the start of his professional career. Prior to being appointed Managing Partner Poland, Krasoń was Managing Partner of the Assurance division and previously responsible for non-audit Assurance services in the Central Eastern European (CEE) region.

The firm’s other Polish offices are housed in the International Business Centre (Warsaw), Olivia Gate (Gdansk), Katowice Business Point (Katowice), Green Horizon (Lodz), Andersia Business Centre (Poznan), Aquarius Business House (Wrocław) and Skyres (Rzeszow).

Meanwhile in Poland’s consulting industry, two international players recently set up shop in the country as part of their expansion plans in the CEE region. Danish energy consultancy K2 established an office in Gdynia, while financial services consultancy Capco opened an operation in Warsaw, its 2nd in Eastern Europe.


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BCG launches BrightHouse and Digital Ventures in France

15 April 2019

Global management consulting firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has launched two of its subsidiaries in France.

Launched in 1973, BCG’s Paris office is with 400 consultants one of the firm’s largest in its footprint of 90+ offices globally. The hub, led by company veteran Guillaume Charlin, plays an instrumental role in developing BCG in Western Europe, francophone Northern Africa, and Israel and Lebanon, which have close economic ties with France.

Having focused mainly on strategy consulting services over the past decades, Boston Consulting Group’s French arm is branching out to other services areas. BCG Platinion – BCG’s IT solution wing – and BCG Gamma – BCG’s advanced analytics arm – have been active in Paris for a while, and now two of the firm’s other subsidiaries – BCG Digital Ventures and BrightHouse – have landed in the French capital city. 

BrightHouse is a creative consultancy that support clients with the development of purpose-driven branding strategies. The firm has helped companies like Procter & Gamble, McDonald’s, KPMG and American Express discover and articulate their purpose, and then helped them activate and embed their purposes within their organisations. BCG acquired BrightHouse in June 2015, and since then the consultancy has been operating as an independent business division of the US-consulting giant. BCG launches BrightHouse and Digital Ventures in FranceFollowing the opening of a new office in Berlin last year, Paris becomes the firm’s third hub internationally (the firm is headquartered in Atlanta) and second in Europe. BrightHouse France will be managed by Mathieu Menegaux, a senior partner who has been with the firm since 2001. The HEC graduate focuses mainly on clients in the energy & utilities and industrial goods sectors.

BCG Digital Ventures is BCG’s corporate investment and incubation firm. The division invents, builds, scales and invests in startups, often in collaboration with the world’s most influential companies. Founded in 2014, when a large team of digital experts transitioned from Booz & Company (now Strategy&) to Boston Consulting Group, BCG Digital Ventures currently has offices in the US, (Los Angeles, New York, Seattle), Europe (Berlin, London, Paris) and Asia (Sydney, Shanghai and Tokyo). Since inception, the unit has (co-)founded over 60 ventures.

Among the projects BCG Digital Ventures has delivered include the development of a new blockchain-powered platform for transparency in the food chain for fish (together with the WWF in Australia) and the launch of Hey.Car, a platform for the used car segment (together with German automotive giant Volkswagen).

In France, BCG Digital Ventures will be led by Caroline Vion, who joined BCG in 2014 as part of the founding team that joined from Booz & Company. Earlier in her career, she worked for companies in the media and luxury retail sectors. Vion has relocated from Los Angeles to head the new venture in France. 

Last year, BCG was named one of France’s top strategy consulting firms to work for.