Szabolcs Mezei and Balint Gombkoto join PwC in Hungary

12 June 2018

Months after adding Farkas Bársony and Zsolt Wermeser to its team, PwC Hungary has brought two new senior professionals on board. Szabolcs Mezei has joined the firm’s Hungarian Advisory division, while Bálint Gombkötő has been added to the Corporate Tax service line. 

Before joining PwC in Hungary, which launched in 1989, Szabolcs Mezei worked for nearly twelve years at IFUA Horváth & Partners as a management consultant, and later as a principal responsible for the public sector. Prior to that, he served at Hungary’s Ministry of Interior as an accounting manager, where he was in charge of accounting support and supervision of institutions under the ministry’s authority.

During his career, Mezei, a Certified Management Consultant (CMC), led successful consulting projects at several public institutions, including the central government, healthcare, higher and public education, and local governments.

Besides his role at PwC, where he has been appointed a director, Mezei serves as vice chairman of the Association of Management Consultants in Hungary (VTMSZ) and regularly gives lectures on management consulting work in Hungary’s public sector. 

Szabolcs Mezei and Bálint Gombkötő - PwC

Meanwhile, Bálint Gombkötő has joined the Corporate Tax group of PwC Hungary as a director – he made the move from KPMG. At the Big Four rival, he gained more than 18 years of experience in international corporate tax issues, acquisition planning including consideration of withholding tax issues, obtaining tax deductions for debt and goodwill, and thin capitalisation. Bálint, who spent part of his career at KPMG in London within the international tax group, has an extensive understanding of EU law topics such as tax litigations, especially in relation to the direct taxation systems and their connections to EU legislation.

He has worked with clients in many sectors, including energy, commerce, real estate and financial services. In his new role at PwC, Gombkötő will advise the firm’s clients in Hungary and the region on domestic and international tax planning.

According to a recent study by PwC Hungary, CEOs in the country are markedly more optimistic about the future compared to twelve months ago, despite major challenges such as labour shortage and over-regulation. 

Meanwhile in Hungary’s consulting industry, Accenture last month named Tomáš Volek as Country Managing Director for Hungary and Slovakia, succeeding Peter Škodný, who has joined telecom giant T-Mobile as Chief Commercial Officer for the company’s B2B business in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.


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Rik de Weerd joins Product League as Chief Digital Transformation

19 April 2019

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.”