Synpulse appoints two CEOs: Konrad Niggli and Yves Roesti

05 February 2021 2 min. read
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Synpulse Management Consulting has appointed a duo of long-standing company members to lead the company following the retirement of CEO Christoph Nützenadel.

Twenty-year company veteran Christoph Nützenadel has served as the CEO of Synpulse Management Consulting since July 2015, and under his leadership the financial services consulting firm grew its business strongly to a team of over 500 consultants and staff across offices 10+ offices in Europe, Asia and the Americas. 

The consultancy also managed to up its reputation in the marketplace, having bagged several client-focused awards for its offerings and track record, including being named Asia’s top wealth management consulting firm and a leading business technology consultancy in the private banking segment

Konrad Niggli, Yves Roesti, Christoph Nutzenadel - Synpulse

Filling his shoes are a duo – effective February 1, 2021, Yves Roesti and Konrad Niggli have been appointed co-CEOs of Synpulse Group. According to a statement from the firm, appointing a pair of CEOs better serves the firm’s East and West divide, enabling more top executive-level proximity to local clients and stakeholders.

Synpulse’s team is about evenly split, with circa 250 consultants based across the offices in Zurich, Geneva, Dusseldorf, Vienna, London and New York, and a roughly equal number operating from the Eastern offices in Hong Kong, Singapore, Manila, Hyderabad, Jakarta and Sydney.

Covering the Western hemisphere is Zurich-based Konrad Niggli. He has been with Synpulse since 2000, joining as a consultant, and a partner since 2011. He is an expert in the reinsurance sector, and heads the firm’s global Reinsurance practice, which focuses on digital reinsurance operations, client centricity and optimisation of underwriting processes.

Yves Roesti, who is currently responsible for Synpulse’s business in Asia, leads the Eastern hemisphere. He has been with Synpulse since 2006, and a partner since 2015. Roesti has played a key role in driving Synpulse’s growth in Asia, including spearheading the launch of new offices in the region. Roesti is a leader in the Banking practice, focused on banking operating model transformations and digital roadmaps.

Commenting on their dual CEO responsibility, Niggli and Roesti said: “Co is on trend – for example in our co-creation with clients and partners – and it makes us better together, standing together in the interests of our clients and employees.” 

Dual CEO roles are not common in the consulting industry, although there are a number of notably exceptions, such as Simon-Kucher & Partners, which in 2019 appointed a German (Andreas von der Gathen) and a Brit (Mark Billige) as global co-CEOs of its now 1,500-strong workforce.