PwC Norway's new leadership: Leif Arne Jensen and Petter Vold

02 October 2018 Consultancy.eu

PwC has in the summer installed a new leadership team in Norway. Leif Arne Jensen is the firm’s new Managing Director, succeeding Håvard Abrahamsen, while Petter Vold has been appointed Deputy Managing Director.

With a team of nearly 1,800 employees spanning four business areas – audit, advisory, accounting, tax and legal services – PwC’s Norwegian arm holds a leading position in Norway’s professional services industry. In comparison, KPMG and Deloitte both employ around 1,000 professionals in the Nordic country, and EY’s headcount is also markedly below that of PwC.

PwC’s ascendance to the top position was led in the past eight years by Håvard Abrahamsen, who has been serving the accounting and consulting firm since 2002, after previously also working for PwC in his first four year tenure at the firm between 1990 and 1994. However, having held two terms in office, which is the maximum period subscribed by PwC’s governance model in Norway, it was known well in advance that Abrahamsen would hand over the baton to a new leader.

PwC Norway's new leadership: Leif Arne Jensen and Petter Vold

Now, three months into their new roles, PwC’s Board of Directors is formed by Leif Arne Jensen and Petter Vold. Together they lead PwC’s 27 offices across Norway and all operations, from client work and engagement management through to internal operations and corporate culture. “Our goal is to create a company that maintains its leading position in the market and that customers and our employees love,” said Jensen regarding his top priorities. 

The pair were selected out of a group of PwC Partners that were contending for the top roles. Jensen had several years of leading PwC Norway’s Audit business under his belt. In the role, he advised major Norwegian and international companies, leading some of PwC's largest audit assignments and internal control projects in the country. Vold is the leader of PwC's Advisory unit, a role which the 20+ year PwC veteran will continue to fulfil. The Advisory division includes PwC’s corporate finance activities, strategy consulting arm Strategy&, and management and technology consultancy activities bundled in PwC Consulting. 

According to PwC’s Supervisory board in Norway, Jensen and Vold were the preferred candidates for the job. “They have both achieved impressive results as leaders of PwC Audit and PwC Advisory, they enjoy high trust within the partner team and they complement each other in many dimensions.”

Last month, PwC Norway acquired the Olso office of Livework, integrating the unit into its consulting division. 

Related: Norway is globe's best country for turning prosperity into citizen wellbeing.

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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.”