Oliver Wyman Germany adds three partners in Frankfurt and Munich

09 February 2018 Consultancy.eu

Management consulting firm Oliver Wyman has bolstered its German partner team with three additions: Jürgen von der Lehr, Simon Schnurrer and Jürgen Stetter.

Jürgen von der Lehr (46) was most recently Head of Digital Innovation & Think Tank at Deutsche Bank. In addition to his extensive digital skills, he has gained strategic and operational expertise in retail and corporate banking in his current line activities as well as in management consulting. Based in Oliver Wyman’s Frankfurt office, Von der Lehr will advise clients on the development and implementation of strategic initiatives, focused on digitisation, innovation and the implementation of new business models.

Simon Schnurrer (41) began his career as a consultant at Mercer Management Consulting, which is the legal predecessor of Oliver Wyman. He then moved to automotive company Porsche in a line function and subsequently worked for Arthur D. Little, as a Principal, and at Ricardo, latterly in the role of Managing Director for Central Europe. Having returned to Oliver Wyman as a partner in the firm’s Automotive wing, also based in Frankfurt, Schnurrer is responsible for leading the offerings aimed at supplier strategies, organisation and technology deployment. 

Jürgen von der Lehr, Simon Schnurrer and Jürgen Stetter - Oliver Wyman

Jürgen Stetter (48) previously worked as an Executive Leader for Digital Transformation & Innovation at innogy before joining Oliver Wyman. Prior to that, Stetter worked for German energy giant E.ON and for over a decade in the consulting industry. At Oliver Wyman in Munich, Stetter has been appointed a partner in the Energy and Digital, Technology & Analytics (DTA) practices, focused on advising clients on their transition to new digital business models. 

Finja Carolin Kütz, the CEO of Oliver Wyman in Germany (five offices*), said that all three new partners bring much welcome digital transformation and innovation capabilities to the firm. “Digitisation is forcing companies to change their strategies and business models. Across all sectors our customers are dealing with digital transformation and are looking for solutions. We are pleased to welcome Jürgen, Simon and Jürgen to our partner team – it will benefit our services to customers.”

The additions in the digital realm come one month after Oliver Wyman significantly bolstered its European digital arm, which operates as Oliver Wyman Labs, with the acquisition of UK agency Draw, in a move that added 50 experts to its London team.

Earlier this year in Germany’s consulting industry, Accuracy poached Guido Althaus from rival Alvarez & Marsal, where he served the past three years as a Senior Director. Meanwhile, in December OC&C Strategy Consultants saw its entire German office join Parthenon-EY – the strategy consultancy arm of EY – while Bain & Company was named Germany’s best employer by review site Glassdoor. 

* Oliver Wyman’s office in Germany are based in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich.


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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.”