Qvartz promotes partners in Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm

28 September 2018 Consultancy.eu

Qvartz has promoted three of its senior advisors to Partner level: Carl Christian Hammar in Copenhagen, Gaute Andreassen in Oslo, and Anna Månsson in Stockholm. 

Carl Christian Hammar has been with Qvartz, a Nordic-origin management consultancy, since the summer of 2010. He currently is in his second spell at the firm, having worked for Qvartz for nearly four years between 2005 and 2009. Prior to that, Hammar worked for Denmark’s Ministry of Finance and McKinsey & Company, where he completed an internship as part of his Master programme at the University of Copenhagen.

Following previous promotions to Project Manager and Engagement Manager, Hammar now has been admitted into the firm’s partnership. He specialises in commercial transformation, cost reduction, performance improvement and digitisation, and leads Qvartz’s Transportation and Aviation practices in Scandinavia.

Gaute Andreassen has been with Qvartz since the summer of 2016. “I have become truly impressed by Qvartz' approach to consultancy and how the firm cares about both its customers as well as every single individual working at the clients as well as in the firm,” reflected Andreassen on how he believes his employer stands out. Before that, he worked as an executive for retail group Enklere Liv Gruppen (formerly known as Nordic Innovation Group), as Head of Portfolio & Strategy at Norske Skog, a producer of newsprint and magazine paper, and as a consultant for The Boston Consulting Group, latterly in the role of Principal.

At Qvartz, which in the summer saw ifs headcount break through the barrier of 500 employees, Andreassen focuses on clients in the private equity and industrial sectors.

Qvartz promotes partners in Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm

Anna Månsson has over 17 years international experience in operational improvement, gained both in management consulting and industry roles. She joined Qvartz in early 2017, and has since worked for clients in the automotive, aerospace and consumer goods sectors, serving major companies across Europe, Asia and in the US. The newly promoted Partner specialises in strategic sourcing, cross functional cost reduction programs, and operational strategies.

Before joining Qvartz, Månsson worked for around a decade for Strategy&, the strategy consulting arm of PwC, formerly known as Booz & Company. In her role as Principal, based our of Munich, she was part of the Operations leadership team in Europe and a leader of the firm’s strategic sourcing, supply chain, and operational improvements offerings. Between 2011 to 2014 she was based out of Strategy&’s Shanghai office, co-leading the firm’s Operations and Innovation practices for Greater China. Earlier in her career, Månsson worked five years for Robert Bosch in Germany and China.

The trio of appointments comes one month after Qvartz bolstered its Nordic headcount through the acquisition of BusinessMinds, an analytics consultancy which had an office in Copenhagen, as well as in Manila and Sydney.

Meanwhile, Qvartz has in recent months continued its international expansion drive, aiming to become the first consulting firm with Nordic roots that boasts a global reach. An alliance with Brazil’s Mirrow & Co provided the firm with a foothold in Latin America, while earlier in 2018 Qvartz introduced its brand on both the Dutch and Indian consulting markets.

The market size of Scandinavia’s management consulting industry is estimated to be worth €2.8 billion.

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.”