Bain appoints partners in Amsterdam, Munich, Frankfurt and Zurich

20 July 2018

Bain & Company has bolstered its leadership teams in Germany and the Netherlands with six new partners: Enver Adakan, Hendrik Lamché, Steffen Gänzle, Marco Gerrits, Laurens-Jan Olsthoorn and Otto Verhage.

Bain’s German team welcomes two new partners from within the firm’s own ranks – Enver Adakan and Hendrik Lamché. Zurich-based Adakan joined Bain in 2008 from Accenture and has since focused mainly on M&A strategies, due diligence, and value creation for portfolio companies, gaining extensive experience in industry, consumer goods and commerce. He has been appointed a partner in Bain’s private equity practice.

Hendrik Lamché has been with Bain & Company since 2007. He too is a partner in the private equity practice group – the 34-year-old supports clients with due diligence and post-acquisition integration. Lamché, who is based in Frankfurt, has extensive expertise in both the retail and consumer goods industries as well as the industrial and services sectors. 

Steffen Gänzle and Marco Gerrits, both based in Munich, have joined Bain’s Automotive practice. The 50-year-old Gänzle specialises in large technology projects and operational strategies with the aim of increasing the efficiency of automotive players. He previously held various management positions in the industry, including at Daimler, Toyota or Opel / General Motors. The 47-year-old Dutchman Marco Gerrits is an expert on product and development strategies, digital platforms, agile working models and corporate strategies. He joins Bain from rival BCG, where he worked for 16 years, latterly serving as a partner in the firm’s Chinese organisation. Prior to that, Gerrits worked for German car brand Daimler.

“With Steffen and Marco, we have gained two experts in the field of technology and digital transformation. Their capacities will allow us to better serve our automotive customers,” said Walter Sinn, Bain & Company’s boss for Germany

Bain appoints partners in Amsterdam, Munich, Frankfurt and Zurich

Meanwhile in the Netherlands, where Bain has been present since 1998, the firm has strengthened its partner team with Laurens-Jan Olsthoorn and Otto Verhage. “We look forward to their future contributions to our customers, in the Netherlands and beyond,” said Steve Bertrand, the Canadian who serves as Managing Partner of Bain Amsterdam.

Laurens-Jan Olsthoorn started at Bain in Amsterdam in 2006 and worked in the firm’s San Francisco office for the past three years. He has gained extensive experience in large-scale projects in the technology and telecom sectors, as well as private equity. His services focus lies on topics such as growth strategy, operational excellence and customer experience – Olsthoorn for instance was involved with one of the larger Net Promoter System (NPS) implementations in Europe. 

Fellow newly promoted partner Otto Verhage joined Bain’s Amsterdam office in 2007 and has since also worked from the firm's Bangkok and Melbourne hubs. He specialises in customer strategy & marketing, growth strategies and change management, supporting among others retail banks and telecom companies.

Best employer in the country

Bain’s office in Amsterdam has a team of around 115 professionals, and similar to its larger German counterpart was named the country’s best employer by rating site Glassdoor. Globally the US-headquartered strategy consultancy firm, founded in 1973, employs more than 7,000 professionals across 55 offices in 36 countries. 

Earlier this month, Bain bolstered its Swiss practice by adding former Roland Berger CEO Martin Wittig. 

Related: Bain & Company Germany boss Walter Sinn on why he is not afraid of AI.

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.”