Andreas Form and Robert Kromoser partners at A.T. Kearney in DACH

25 July 2018

A.T. Kearney has added two new partners in Germany and Austria. Both Andreas Form and Robert Kromoser have been promoted into the role internally and are part of the firm’s Automotive practice.

“With Andreas and Robert on board, we continue to build our leadership ranks from the inside out. Both of them have proven their skills through a variety of projects during their time at A.T. Kearney, and have extensive automotive experience,” said Martin Eisenhut, who leads A.T. Kearney in Central Europe.

The appointment comes just months after A.T. Kearney bolstered its Automotive practice in the DACH region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) with two other partners: Christian Malorny and Thomas Luk – both joined externally and brought with them significant experience gained at rival McKinsey & Company.

“The automotive industry is currently experiencing one of the biggest transformations in its history, and so I could hardly imagine a more exciting task,” commented Andreas Form. He has been with A.T. Kearney since 2015, when he joined from BMW where he had served for over twelve years, latterly in the role of Head of Sales Strategy. Prior to that, Form worked for Roland Berger and the management consulting arm of PwC. At A.T. Kearney, he focuses on strategy, the development of new business models, sales & marketing and procurement transformations. Form is based in the firm’s Munich office. 

Andreas Form and Robert Kromoser partners at A.T. Kearney

Robert Kromoser is an expert in A.T. Kearney’s Procurement & Analytic Solutions practice, and has in recent years overseen many procurement transformation projects in Europe and the US, with a focus on the automotive sector. He sees digitisation as the major driving force for change in the sector, commenting; “digitalisation offers completely new possibilities for cost-cutting and flexible sourcing, as more and more companies seize the opportunities." However, a large amount of potential is in untapped, he added, highlighting that A.T. Kearney is well positioned to help car manufacturers and OEM suppliers with their strategic challenges. 

Kromoser has been with the US-origin strategy & operations consultancy since 1998, when he gained his diploma at Vienna University of Economics and Business. Kromoser, who is based in Vienna, has led many global projects, focusing on purchasing transformation and cost reduction in the automotive as well as construction, chemical, retail and wholesale industries.

Earlier this month A.T. Kearney appointed the Dutchman Martijn van Hal as Regional co-lead for its PCE Labs (‘Proposition & Customer Experience’) unit in Europe, while in May Bernard Sfeir joined the partnership of the firm’s French organisation.

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.”