Lars-Peter Häfele joins leadership of BCG's German subsidiary Inverto

03 August 2018

German consulting firm Inverto, a subsidiary of The Boston Consulting Group, has promoted Lars-Peter Häfele to the role of Managing Director. He becomes the firm’s ninth Managing Director, alongside among others co-founders Markus Bergauer, Kiran Mazumdar and Frank Wierlemann. 

Founded in 2000, in Cologne, Inverto is a consultancy that specialises in supply chain management, operations and procurement, serving both multinational corporations and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), as well as large private-equity firms. The consulting firm helps its customers with crafting operational strategies, including the identification of cost savings and business cases for new operating models, and with the implementation of performance improvement programmes. 

As part of Inverto’s growth ambition, the consultancy has expanded its executive team to nine members following the appointment of Lars-Peter Häfele to Managing Director. The 35-year-old started as a consultant at the firm in Cologne in 2009 and most recently served as Principal and Head of the Industrial Goods practice. Häfele supports industrial and automotive companies with procurement, with a focus on value analysis, product design and procurement transformations. He also supports companies with organisational engagements following large changes such as post-merger integration, restructuring or carve-outs. Häfele further plays a key role in Inverto’s thought leadership endeavours – he is responsible for the firm’s annual ‘Raw Materials Study’ produced in cooperation with German newspaper Handelsblatt. 

Lars-Peter Häfele joins leadership of BCG's German subsidiary Inverto

Häfele, who is based in Munich, one of Inverto’s two offices in Germany*, graduated from the University of Ingolstadt. “With his extensive experience in the industrial sector and his expertise in raw materials, he will play a large role in the growth of Inverto and the Munich office,” commented Frank Wierlemann, co-founder and Managing Director of Inverto. Other Managing Directors of the operational consulting firm are Stefan Benett, Jan-Christoph Kischkewitz, Thibault Pucken, Rudolf Trettenbrein and Frank Welge.

Meanwhile, parent firm The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), which acquired Inverto in September 2016, has unveiled several senior promotions in Germany this year, on the back of a bumper 2017 and first half of 2018. Last year BCG added roughly €100 million to its revenue base in Germany (now €830 million), and to maintain its growth trajectory in the country, the firm is seeking to hire 500 new employees this year, including about 370 consultants. 

Meanwhile in Germany’s €30 billion consulting industry, according to BDU, rivals A.T. Kearney (Andreas Form and Robert Kromoser), Bain & Company (Hendrik Lamché, Steffen Gänzle and Marco Gerrits), Oliver Wyman (Armin Scharlach) and Strategy& (Robert Bischof) have all made partner appointments in recent months.

* Inverto also has offices in Denmark (Copenhagen), the UK (London), Austria (Vienna) and China (Shanghai).

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.”