BCG names Matthias Tauber as CEO for Germany and Austria

16 January 2019 Consultancy.eu

Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has named Matthias Tauber as its next CEO of Germany and Austria, as of April 1. Tauber, 40, succeeds Carsten Kratz, who will transition into the newly created post of chairman of BCG’s German board of directors.

Kratz has led BCG’s management team for Germany and Austria since 2013. He will step down following the completion of two terms as managing director of Boston Consulting Group Germany and Austria, with six years the maximum period as outlined in BCG’s statutes. During this period, he oversaw tremendous success. When he joined, BCG had annual revenue of around €500 million in the two countries. Upon his exit, the firm forecasts its turnover will hover around the €930 million mark*. 

Internally, Kratz is known as 'Mister DACH,' a nickname earned through his faithfulness to the region and his strong relationships with some of the most important CEOs of German industry, including Siemens boss Joe Kaeser. Kratz also works with leaders in the airline, automotive, energy, industrial goods, healthcare, private equity, and government sectors.

Tauber was named CEO after a rigorous selection process in which eight partners were shortlisted, including tech expert Michael Rüßmann, senior partner Christian Krammer – who are both members of the national management team – and automotive expert Andreas Dinger, who heads the Munich office. Judith Wallenstein, a partner in BCG’s pharmaceuticals practice, was also touted for the role.

BCG’s European leader Christoph Schweizer held one-on-one talks with nearly all of the firm’s approximately 170 partners in Germany and Austria, in the end finding that the decision for Tauber was clear.

BCG names Matthias Tauber as CEO for Germany and Austria

According to reports leaked to German newspaper Handelsblatt, Tauber is valued internally because he is committed to promoting and advancing the members of his teams – Schweizer speaking of 'broad support' in the partner group. The final decision was naturally supported by Hubertus Meinecke, BCG's Western Europe head, and global boss Rich Lesser.

Tauber's appointment comes to an extent as a surprise, because of his age – he was one of the youngest candidates – and the fact that he is not currently a member of German management. Tauber, however, heads BCG’s materials and process industries sector globally, as well as in central Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In that role, he is a member of the global leadership team of BCG’s Industrial Goods practice. This experience has given Tauber broad insight, working with clients across the globe.

One factor that greatly aided Tauber’s case was his track record of growth. In the past two years, he has almost doubled the turnover of his industry’s segment. Tauber also knows international business while remaining anchored in Germany, as he is stationed in BCG’s Munich office.

According to a BCG partner who wishes to remain anonymous, Kratz was quite popular internally. “Many colleagues find it a pity that he is stepping down,” the source said. “But it is just as important that we renew ourselves.” In the coming months and the period shortly following April 1, Kratz will shadow his successor. In his new role as chairman, he will oversee BCG’s strategy in Germany and Austria, and oversee the care of large customers, recruiting, and future external communication. 

BCG is aiming at high single-digit growth in 2019, which Kratz describes as “healthy growth”. The crossing of the billion-euro mark is deemed to be Tauber's task.

* BCG Germany and Austria does not reveal exact figures. Data is based on estimates from Consultancy.eu, Handelsblatt, and Manager Magazin.

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.”