Gregor Schmidt new European leader of professional services firm RSM

08 August 2018

Global accounting and consulting firm RSM has named Gregor Schmidt as its new European regional leader, leading teams in a jurisdiction of 41 countries.

Gregor Schmidt has been with RSM since 2012, when he joined the company’s German member firm as Chief Operating Officer. In the following years, he was appointed as Chief Officer of Strategy, Markets and Communications, and played a key role in the merger of RSM’s German firms into what is now the country’s 12th largest network of audit, tax and consulting firms (globally the firm holds the 6th spot).

RSM Germany was established as a single entity in August 2017 and has since rapidly ramped up following a trio of mergers. In April this year, the firm merged with Zitzelsberger, an advisory firm based in Munich with over 60 staff, while in February mergers were concluded with AWT and DPI. Today, RSM Germany employs more than 600 people across 14 locations.

Commenting on Schmidt’s involvement in the German expansion, Jean Stephens, CEO of RSM International said; “Gregor has been with RSM for many years now and has demonstrated his strong leadership and professional experience. He played an integral role in leading the integration of RSM GmbH.”

Gregor Schmidt new European leader of professional services firm RSM

Stephens added, “Gregor also brings his considerable experience of working with Germany’s Mittelstand to the whole of Europe, as we continue to serve the global middle market. We welcome Gregor to the RSM International team and I look forward to seeing our European region grow even stronger in the years to come.”

In his new role, Schmidt will work alongside RSM’s European leadership team and European Regional Council, and will report directly to Stephens. “Europe is in an exciting period of change. Brexit will of course disrupt business, but on top of this, there are new complex European regulations on data, a renewed scrutiny of international taxation and the international trade landscape is being transformed. More than ever, European businesses are looking to their advisers to both understand their needs and aspirations and to anticipate and respond to these challenges. I look forward to driving growth for our clients and for RSM during this era.”

In its latest financial year, RSM grew its revenues in Europe by 6%. Growth was realised through organic growth, as well as merger & acquisition activity in among other countries Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, the Republic of Ireland and the UK. Globally, RSM has 43,000 employees in 41 countries. The company was founded in 1964 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

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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.”