Kea & Partners appoints three Senior Partners in home market France

26 September 2018

French consulting firm Kea & Partners has this year promoted three of its partners to Senior Partner level: François Maisonneuve le Brec, David-Emmanuel Vivot and Olivier Mouton.

François Maisonneuve le Brec (51) has been with Kea & Partners for over six years, joining the firm in 2012 from Oliver Wyman’s Paris office, where he latterly held the role of Associate Principal. Prior to that, Maisonneuve le Brec was a partner at Hemeria, a Paris-based management consultancy specialised in operations in the industrial sector that was acquired by Oliver Wyman in 2008. Maisonneuve le Brec was one of the roughly 80 partners and employees that transferred to the US-origin management consultancy, one of the subsidiaries of Marsh & McLennan Companies and the parent of among others Lippincott (a creative agency) and Cavok (an aviation consultancy).

Maisonneuve le Brec, who graduated from Ensea (1990) and Essec (1992), started his career with Big Four firm PwC. At Kea & Partners, he focuses on helping clients in the production sectors, including automotive, aviation, pharmaceutical and food industry players, with topics such as organisation transformation, operational performance improvement, research & development, supply chain, logistics and lean.

Kea & Partners appoints three Senior Partners in home market France

David-Emmanuel Vivot has been at the strategy and management consulting firm since 2001, the year Kea & Partners was founded. During his tenure, he has played a leading role in supporting the firm’s growth to its current footprint of around 200 consultants in Europe, Americas and Africa, of which 150 are based in home country France. Prior to joining the French consultancy, Paris Tech alumni Vivot had a one year spell at Gemini Consulting, the legal predecessor of Capgemini Consulting, which last week rebranded as Capgemini Invent following an internal regrouping by parent company Capgemini.

Since joining Kea & Partners in 2005, the now 39-year-old Olivier Mouton has rapidly moved up the ranks from Senior Consultant to Manager, Director and now Senior Partner. The Ecole Polytechnique (2003) and Mines ParisTech (2004) graduate focuses on large scale transformations and innovation – Mouton is in charge of Kea & Partners’ partnership with the Innovation Factory, a Paris-based innovation hub which works with dozens of large enterprises and institutions, including Accor Hotels, BNP Paribas, Engie and Sodexho, on future-proofing their business models.

With the trio of appointments, Kea & Partners has broken through the barrier of 20 Senior Partners in France. The firm is led by CEO Arnaud Gangloff, who founded the firm after leaving his Vice President role at Gemini Consulting to pursue his entrepreneurial ambition to build a leading consulting firm in France and beyond.

Kea & Partners is part of The Transformation Alliance, an international consulting network which enables the French consultancy to (for select engagements) join forces with h&z Business Consulting (Germany), MBS Consulting (Italy) and Q5 (UK). Together, the four consultancies have offices in Australia, Austria, Brazil, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Morocco, Switzerland, the UK and US.


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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.”