Sir Philip Lowe joins economics consultancy Oxera in Brussels

07 June 2018 Consultancy.eu

Sir Philip Lowe, a highly respected expert in European policy and regulation, has joined Oxera in Brussels. Appointed a Senior Adviser, Lowe will cover Oxera’s work across Europe.

The senior expert brings with him a distinguished career in government and business. Most recently, he was a Senior Adviser in the Public Affairs practice of FTI Consulting, which is a service line within the firm's Strategic Communications segment. Based out of FTI’s offices in London and Brussels, Lowe advised the firm’s clients on strategic issues such as cross-border M&A, complex investigations and global policy.

Prior to that, he held range of senior positions at the European Commission, which he joined in 1973, following a period in the manufacturing industry in the UK. At the Commission, Lowe was Chef de Cabinet and Director in the fields of regional development, agriculture, transport and administration, before becoming Director-General of Development in 1997. From September 2002 to February 2010, he was Director-General for Competition and after that, until the end of 2013, Director-General for Energy.Sir Philip Lowe, Senior Advisor, OxeraLowe also brings non-executive board experience with him to Oxera. Since 2010 he has been Chair of the Florence University Institute Competition Law Workshop and since 2016 Executive Chair of the World Energy Council’s Energy Trilemma Flagship Study Programme. One major role he recently stepped down from is that of non-executive Board Member of the UK's Competition and Markets Authority, which he held from 2013 until the beginning of this year.

Commenting on his latest adventure, Lowe said, “‘I am very much looking forward to joining a consultancy with a leading reputation for making a substantial contribution to European policy debates.”

Founded over 35 years ago, Oxera is one of Europe’s economics consultancies. From its offices in London (headquarters), Oxford, Brussels, Berlin and Rome, the consulting firm advises companies, policymakers, regulators and lawyers on economic issues connected with competition, finance or regulation.

Helen Jenkins, Oxera’s Managing Partner said: “I am delighted to announce Sir Philip Lowe has chosen to join Oxera. His extensive insight and experience complements Oxera’s expertise and will provide our clients in core sectors across Europe with strategy and policy advice. We are all looking forward to working closely with Sir Philip as he embarks on this next step in his career.” 

Philip Lowe was born in Leeds in 1947. He holds a Master in Science from London Business School.

Rik de Weerd joins Product League as Chief Digital Transformation

19 April 2019 Consultancy.eu

Product League, a digital transformation agency dedicated to the OutSystems platform, has brought Rik de Weerd on board as Chief Digital Transformation.

Based in the Netherlands, Product League is a rapidly growing digital product specialist. The firm helps clients – including the likes of beer brewer Heineken and grocery players Albert Heijn and Coop – build systems, applications and products by combining a rapid application development approach with an agile way of working. To this end, Product League is dedicated to the low-code platform of OutSystems. 

Against a backdrop of a growing need to transform core legacy systems, as organisations embrace emerging technologies to bolster competitiveness and (digitally) navigate change, low-code is seeing a booming uptake by organisations of all sizes. According to one estimate, by a US analyst firm, the market for low code development is set to double in size from its current value of $1.6 billion roughly every two years during the period until 2025. Alongside peers such as Appian and Mendix, OutSystems is at the forefront of the low-code industry.

According to Rik de Weerd, Product League is uniquely positioned to tap into the growing market for OutSystems services, leveraging its specialist and multidisciplinary approach to help clients “deliver winning products”. He elaborated, “there are many good players in the OutSystems market which deliver excellent technical work. Product League goes beyond this, and additionally brings a focus on the strategic level. The firm is not only a strategic partner with the right toolset, but also brings the determination to take clients wherever they need to go.”

Rik de Weerd joins Product League as Chief Digital Transformation

The Dutchman brings a wealth of experience to Product League, as well as a reputation as one of the Benelux’s OutSystems thought leaders in the low-code industry. Before joining the digital consultancy, he worked for OutSystems from their Benelux office as Lead Solution Architect for Northern Europe. During his tenure, he has led a large number of digital transformation projects and has been responsible for resolving complex business and IT issues. Earlier in his career he held several IT consulting and project management roles. 

Asked about his move from OutSystems to Product League, De Weerd commented: “After five years of evangelising low-code, drawing up countless solutions across Northern Europe and battling 'old habits and short-term thinking’, now it’s time to put my money where my mouth is. I had the privilege to be presented with several new business cases every week in different branches and help blueprint the road to value in all of them. Now I’m eager to take that to the next level and drive the programmes that actually transform corporations into the digital age.”

“Low-code has crossed the chasm, the technology is now here to stay. Searching for new, more effective ways of catalysing their digital transformation, leading companies are realising this. Driving digital transformation as a core competency of Product League is now my mission and I believe it will be an excellent fit.” 

He further pointed at Product League’s ability to provide an end-to-end service, “With a team of product owners, business analysts, UX/UI designers and OutSystems developers, Product League can offer clients the full digital experience. But technology can only take you so far – without the right people, the right mindset and the power to execute, IT stays hypothetical. I believe I’ve found all three in Product League.”