Oliver Wyman deals blow to Strategy& with team hire in DACH

04 October 2021 Consultancy.eu 4 min. read

Shortly after poaching Strategy&’s global leader Joachim Rotering, Oliver Wyman has dealt another major blow to its strategic consulting rival following the hire of five partners and a number of their team members. 

All five partners cross over in the DACH region: Iris Herrmann, Nils Naujok, Michael Wagner and Andreas Eggert in Germany, and Matthias Witzemann in Austria. Kai Bender, the Managing Partner of Oliver Wyman’s Germany and Austria region, said he was delighted with the addition of “five experienced consultants who all bring an impressive track record to the firm.”

Iris Herrmann spent over a decade at Strategy&, promoted to partner in 2018. She has over 18 years of experience in industry and management consulting, with a focus on strategy development and implementation, operations, large-scale transformation, sustainability and change.

Iris Herrmann, Nils Naujok, Michael Wagner, Matthias Witzemann, Andreas Eggert - Oliver Wyman

“As part of the Energy & Natural Resource team, I’ll continue to focus on the chemical industry. I’m very much looking forward to helping clients to succeed with their strategic and transformative challenges.” 

Nils Naujok brings twenty-three years of strategy consulting experience to Oliver Wyman, having spent fifteen years at Strategy& (and Booz & Company) and seven year at Kearney. He specialises in strategy formulation, operating model design, operations strategy (supply chain, manufacturing) and performance improvement, with a focus on clients in the chemicals sector (at Strategy& Naujok was the firm’s global chemicals leader). 

“I’m very excited to launch the next chapter of my career with Oliver Wyman – a global strategy consulting business with an entrepreneurial culture. And above all: colleagues who welcome me with open arms to learn, to grow and to build something great together! I look very much forward to serving our clients to shape their path in energy and operations.” 

Matthias Witzemann had been with Strategy& as a partner for under three years, having previously spent eighteen at Kearney. He focuses mainly on clients in the energy and utilities sectors, specialised in operational excellence, benchmarking, performance transformation, asset management, supply chain and procurement, as well as topics around hydrogen and sustainability.

“I am very excited to start this new chapter. I am joining the Energy and Natural Resources practice and I am looking forward to be part of that inspiring and growing team and to support our clients in topics such as energy transition, renewables, hydrogen and sustainability.” 

Michael Wagner was a lifelong Strategy& member. He joined the consulting firm in 2004, and stayed with the firm through its two major transitions over the years: from Booz Allen Hamilton to Booz & Company (as part of the firm’s split) and then from Booz & Company to Strategy& (as part of the acquisition by PwC). 

He advises clients in industrial manufacturing and services, advanced technologies, steel, metals and process industries, machinery and equipment, and logistics. Wagner specialises in operating model design, cost restructuring, process excellence, and helping companies align strategy and execution to scale innovative business models. 

“I am excited and grateful to join an amazing, fast growing and truly global team. Thanks to my new colleagues from the Operations, Energy and Natural Resources, and Manufacturing teams for the warm welcome.” 

Andreas Eggert advises companies in the pharmaceutical and life sciences, consumer goods, chemical, and mechanical and plant engineering sectors. His expertise lies in manufacturing strategy and supply chain management including lean operations, network transformation and organisation. Eggert also has supported several clients with transactions and post-merger integrations. 

He served Strategy& for eight years, and before that served Management Engineers (which was acquired by Strategy& predecessor Booz in 2013) and held leadership positions at Rütgers Group in Germany, the US, and the UK. 

Earlier this year, Oliver Wyman appointed 14 new partners across Europe, five of which are based in Germany.