BDO France appoints Philippe Arraou as Chairman of the Executive Board

09 January 2018

The French arm of BDO France – which is celebrating its 10th anniversary – has recently appointed Philippe Arraou, a veteran of the professional services industry, to the role of Chairman of the Executive Board.

Philippe Arraou is the founder of EUROSUD, a professional services firm with a specialty for cross-border challenges between France and Space. The company has operated in the space since 1986. Throughout his career, he has held various roles founding and working on the boards of professional services specific organisations, such as the Auditors Consultants and European Experts (ACEE), which he founded  in 1989, and the European Federation of SME Accountants, which he co-founded in 1996. He is currently the honorary president of the Senior Council of the Order of Chartered Accountants; Member of the Board of the International Federation of Accountants; and has been nominated for a major advisory panel for the French Government’s Digital Transition taskforce.

Arraou takes the role of Chairman of the Executive Board, tasked with leading the accounting and consulting firm into a new stage of development in the country. BDO has since its founding ten years ago experienced solid growth – today the firm is the fifth largest in the audit and accounting segment in France, and also one of the larger consultancy providers. BDO employs 1,200 professionals in France, of whom 60% are women, operating from 45 offices across the country.

Phillippe Arraou, Chairman, BDO

Commenting on his appointment, Arraou, said, “Joining a network like BDO is very stimulating, it is the ideal ground for putting into practice the ideas I have developed over the past years.” He added that the firm aims to continue its growth trajectory in France, with services including auditing, digital, consulting and innovation to remain high on the agenda, serving both large corporates as well as small and medium-sized enterprises.

Arraou succeeds Michel Léger, who remains active in the company and becomes Chairman of the Supervisory Board. Léger stresses that "the changes in the profession - including the impact of digital and regulatory developments - create a community of interest among all its stakeholders to anticipate the needs of customers. The 10-year-old BDO project illustrates the validity of this model, which combines the power and resources of a global network with the proximity and responsiveness of local offices.”

Last month BDO France opened its new French headquarters in Paris, in a move that consolidated a number of its offices in the capital city.


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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.”