Gwenaël Gavray joins Sia Partners in Luxembourg as a partner

31 July 2018

Sia Partners has strengthened its team in Luxembourg with the addition of Gwenaël Gavray who has been appointed a partner. Gavray joins from Deloitte, having worked previously for consulting industry player Accenture and BNP Paribas.

Globally, Sia Partners has around 1,100 consultants in twenty countries. Established almost 20 years ago by three young consultants who teamed up in Paris, today Sia Partners generates more than 60% of its €170 million revenue base outside of its home soil of France. 

The firm’s Luxembourg office launched in 2016, and has since grown its presence with a focus on the financial services sector. “Having laid the foundations of the Luxembourg structure, we are now entering a phase of strong growth,” explained Gwenaël Gavray, who has been brought on board to shape and execute Sia Partners’ growth trajectory in the country.

Gavray most recently worked for Deloitte as a Director in the firm’s Banking industry group. During his six year tenure at the Big Four firm, he supported and led several large transformation projects in the banking and funding industries, providing services such as target operating model redesign, digital, robotics, process optimisation and outsourcing. “The opportunity to join Sia Partners came a few months ago, and gives me the opportunity to be part of an ambitiously growing firm. The idea seduced me and so I took the step.” 

Prior to Deloitte, Gavray served BNP Paribas Securities Services for a year in the Transfer Agent department, and worked for Accenture in Luxembourg, where he started his career in consulting. “At Accenture, I worked on projects covering private banking, investment banking and the fund industry,” he reflected. 

Gwenaël Gavray joins Sia Partners in Luxembourg as a partner

Commenting on his new role, he said; “The expertise of Sia Partners is widely recognised in France [in a leading recent survey among French managers, Sia Partners ranked as one of the country’s top ten management consulting firms], the challenge is to duplicate the same success in other geographical areas. We are convinced of the great potential of the Luxembourg market.”

Services the Luxembourg office offers to clients include digital transformation, from strategy through to execution, regulatory (e.g. MIFID 2, GDPR, Basel III, EMIR), operational excellence, and technology-led innovation. “In Luxembourg, we focus on the financial sector but, being very close to Belgium and France, we can also serve other industries by relying on the experts in our French and Belgian offices.”

Meanwhile, one of Sia Partners’ other offices in Northern Europe, its Dutch practice, was in June this year lauded by the French Chamber of Commerce for its fast growth in the Netherlands. Launched in Amsterdam in 2009, Sia Partners’ Dutch team has seen double digit growth expand its team to a size of over 35 consultants.


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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.”