Hungarian Nick Kós succeeds Olga Grygier-Siddons as CEO of PwC CEE

07 August 2018 Consultancy.eu

PwC’s Central and Eastern Europe division has a new CEO at its helm. Per the 1st of July, Nick Kós, the CEO of PwC Hungary, has succeeded Olga Grygier-Siddons, the former CEO of PwC Poland who has taken a one-year sabbatical.

The Central and Eastern Europe business of PwC employs more than 10,000 people across offices in twelve countries. For the past four years the division was led by Olga Grygier-Siddons, a partner in the firm’s Polish member firm. Grygier-Siddons joined PwC in 1991, working for the Corporate Finance team in London. In 2004 she moved to Poland, where she ascended the ranks, appointed CEO of PwC Poland in 2009, after which she landed the top CEE role in 2014.

Commenting on her departure, she said, “It has been an honour. I’m particularly proud of all the work we are doing with our clients and stakeholders to make our countries and the region of Central and Eastern Europe more competitive and prominent in the global economy. My warm thanks to our clients for engaging with us, and to all of our people across the region for their hard work in helping to build trust, solve important problems and make a real difference in the societies in which we operate.” 

Following 25+ years working uninterrupted at PwC, one of the world's largest accounting and consulting firms, Grygier-Siddons has decided to take a year-off. “During the months ahead I look forward to recharging, reflecting, and examining a number of exciting options for my next chapter.” 

Her successor, Nick Kós, is a 49 year-old Hungarian national who has been with PwC for 27 years, 24 of them based in the CEE region and 18 as an Assurance partner. He is currently Country Managing Partner of the Hungarian firm, and previously he held the leadership positions of Assurance Leader for the Western Region, Consumer and Industrial Products Assurance Leader in Poland, and Assurance Leader for Russia and the Eastern Region. Kós worked for major clients in the region, including Nokia, MOL and Diageo.Hungarian Nick Kós succeeds Olga Grygier-Siddons as CEO of PwC CEE

Grygier-Siddons: “My congratulations to Nick Kós. I am and will remain a confident supporter of the development of our region leadership – and a firm believer in the power of responsible leadership to foster innovation and sustainable business success.” The departing CEO has worked closely with Kós in recent months to “ensure a smooth and successful transition”. 

Commenting on his new role, Kós said, “This is an exciting time for PwC in Central and Eastern Europe and it is a privilege to lead our team as we work together to take our firm from strength to strength. I will remain focused on delivering the best of PwC to our clients while continuing to invest in our people, skills and technology – all of which are key to our future success. Helping our clients respond to the challenges and opportunities of the current market climate by giving them access to high quality teams and services is vital. I look forward to working with our Partners across the region to maximize our relationships with clients and continue to bring value to our clients and wider stakeholders.” 

PwC Central and Eastern Europe

PwC’s footprint in Central and Eastern Europe has seen growth under Grygier-Siddons’s tenure. PwC Hungary, which was established in 1989, added several senior professionals this year, including Szabolcs Mezei and Balint Gombkoto, and Farkas Bársony and Zsolt Wermeser. Meanwhile, the firm’s research arm found that, despite the economic challenges ahead, Hungarian CEOs are optimistic about the future.

In neighbouring Ukraine, PwC Ukraine is in the process of hiring 350 new professionals to staff its new Shared Delivery Centre in Lviv, its first in Ukraine and third in CEE. PwC Poland, with around 4,500 professionals the firm’s largest organisation in the CEE region, has announced that it will relocate its Krakow operation to a larger office to accommodate for growth. In Poland, PwC has locales in eight cities: in Gdansk, Katowice, Krakow, Lodz, Poznan, Rzeszow, Wroclaw and Warsaw.

* The CEE region comprises of Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and the three Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Rik de Weerd joins Product League as Chief Digital Transformation

19 April 2019 Consultancy.eu

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.”