Former Deloitte and EY partner Philipp Keller joins Quantica Capital

14 June 2018

Swiss asset management company Quantica Capital has appointed Philipp Keller as its new Chief Operations Officer. He joins from Deloitte, where he was a partner.

Founded in 2003, privately owned Quantica Capital is a company that specialises in quantitative investment strategies across asset classes, with a focus on liquid global futures markets and FX forward markets. 

The company, which is regulated and licensed as an asset manager of collective investment schemes by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA), recently reshuffled its Board of Directors. New to the team is Philipp Keller, appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO), who brings with him over 15 years of experience, of which eleven were gained in the professional services industry.

Most recently, Keller was responsible for Financial Risk Management at Deloitte in Switzerland. Before that, he was a Partner at EY, and a Member of the Board and Head of Research and Development at the Federal Office of Private Insurance (the arm today is the insurance department of FINMA). Keller, who holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) in dynamical systems and numerical analysis, started his career in the actuarial department at Swiss Re Life & Health.

Philipp Keller, Chief Operations OfficerKeller has succeeded Thomas Looser, who stepped down last month after holding the position for nine years. Looser previously worked for Bank Vontobel as Co-Head of Product Development and worked for years for Swiss Re in its investments and alternative asset departments. “We are thrilled to have Philipp on board,” said Quantica Capital CEO Patrick Aregger. 

Alongside CEO Patrick Aregger and COO Philipp Keller in Quantica Capital’s Board of Directors sits Bruno Gmür, the firm’s founder and Chief Investment Officer.

Meanwhile in Switzerland’s consulting industry, AlixPartners recently added senior expert Cornelia Brühwiler to its office in Zurich, while Simon-Kucher & Partners promoted Thomas Hofmann – head of the firm’s Geneva office – to partner level. Hofmann joined Simon-Kucher & Partners in 2011 from German-origin counterpart Homburg & Partner.


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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.”