Iris Grewe new head of BearingPoint Germany, Czech Republic & Romania

25 September 2018 Consultancy.eu

A change at the top of BearingPoint has seen a woman, Iris Grewe, take the reigns of the consulting firm’s largest regional unit. Grewe has been appointed Managing Director for Germany, the Czech Republic and Romania, succeeding Kiumars Hamidian, who in turn has taken up the position of global Managing Partner.

Iris Grewe has been with the international consulting and technology firm since 1998, when she joined BearingPoint after starting her career at a German Landesbank. In 2010 she was appointed Partner, and Grewe has since held several leadership roles, including being a member of the firm’s Swiss Executive Board and a member of the Global Management Committee (since 2017). Grewe currently serves as the regional leader for Switzerland, Italy and Austria. 

The promotion sees her assume the helm for BearingPoint’s operations in Germany, the firm’s largest country organisation with offices in eight cities*; the Czech Republic, where the consultancy has an office in capital city Prague, and; Romania, which with offices in Bucharest, Sibiu, Timisoara and Iasi (launched in August) is one of the firm’s chief regions for its technology and offshoring services.Iris Grewe new head of BearingPoint Germany, Czech Republic & RomaniaGrewe retains her role as head of Switzerland, Italy and Austria – the merging of both responsibilities into her portfolio is part of BearingPoint’s aim to foster cooperation between the two regional units. "By placing the leadership of both regions in the hands of an exceptional leader such as Iris, we are strengthening the close cooperation between the two regions and our cross-border focus. Iris has a significant track record of building lasting customer relationships, leadership, and innovation, I wish her much success in her new role,” said Kiumars Hamidian, who recently took over from Peter Mockler as global Managing Partner of BearingPoint. 

Aside from her leadership role, Grewe focuses on clients in the Financial Services sector. The economist specialises in helping banks and capital market businesses with strategic and operational transformations, a field which is increasingly being impacted by the rise of digitisation. She has delivered projects across Europe, Asia-Pacific and the United States.

Commenting on her appointment, Grewe said, “Our team in Germany, the Czech Republic and Romania has an excellent balance of consulting and digital competences, which enables us to carry out transformation projects both locally and in nearshore constellations. The key to the future lies in focused services and solutions that enable our customers to successfully implement change. We will therefore continue to invest actively in the region.”

Related: Kiumars Hamidian unveils his first focus areas as BearingPoint's new CEO.

* Frankfurt, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich, Stuttgart and Walldorf.

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.”