Bain & Company promotes Kyle Weza to partner in Amsterdam office

18 January 2019 Consultancy.eu

Strategic consulting firm Bain & Company has promoted the 35-year-old Kyle Weza to partner in the firm’s Amsterdam office.

Kyle Weza has been with the consultancy for over a decade. He started his career with Bain & Company in 2006 – joining the firm’s Boston office following graduation with distinction (cum laude) from Princeton University. Having ascended the ranks to Senior Associate in less than four years, he took two years off to complete a MBA at Harvard Business School, after which he returned to the consulting firm. Over the past six-plus years, Weza has specialised in topics such as strategy, mergers & acquisitions, commercial excellence, performance improvement and organisation design, advising mainly clients in the consumer products and retail sectors. 

Effective the 1st of January, 2019, the US-national has been promoted to Partner in Bain’s Dutch office. Located in the Rembrandt Tower, Amsterdam’s tallest building named after the famous Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn, Bain Amsterdam employs a team of over 140 consultants, led by the Canadian Stephen Bertrand, who took the top role back in 2014 when he relocated from the US.

Bain & Company promotes Kyle Weza to partner in Amsterdam officeCommenting on Weza’s fast-track admission into the firm’s partnership, Bertrand said; “Kyle’s experience spans a wide range of expertise areas. He has contributed to Bain’s growth in both the Americas and the Netherlands, and we are delighted to see him serve our clients and Dutch office.” Besides working for Bain’s Boston and Amsterdam offices, Weza also had stints in the firm’s San Francisco and Mexico City locales.

Weza has become Bain & Company’s 15th and youngest partner in Amsterdam. The local leadership team consists of several foreign nationals – Amsterdam’s location at the crossroads of Europe makes the office attractive to prospective Bainies on a global scale, with the hub boasting a long history of welcoming transfers from all over the world – namely Managing Partner Stephen Bertrand, and partners Jenny Davis-Peccoud, Anna Thal Larsen and Steven Tallman. The eleven other partners are Dutch nationals: Bianca Bax, Marc Lino, Jeroen Hegge, Michael Jongeneel, Robert Oushoorn, Lennert Spek, Allard Vegter, Véronique Pauwels, Fleur van Beem, Laurens-Jan Olsthoorn and Otto Verhage.

Founded in 1973, Bain has over 8,000 employees across 57 offices in 36 countries. The global strategy and management consultancy is led by the Filipino-American partner Emmanuel (“Manny”) Maceda, a businessman who in March last year became the first Asian leader in Bain & Company's history.

Related: Bain & Company named best employer of the Netherlands.

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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.”