Bain, Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey add senior advisors in France

23 April 2018

The trio of US-origin strategy consulting firms – Bain, BCG and McKinsey – have bolstered their senior ranks in France. Bain & Company and Boston Consulting Group appointed one and two new partners respectively, both located in Paris, while McKinsey & Company added five new partners to its French leadership, of which four are based in Paris and one in Lyon. 

Bain promotes Matthieu Vigneron

Bain & Company, which launched its Paris office in 1985, has promoted Matthieu Vigneron to partner in its Telecom, Media and Technology (TMT) practice. “In the digital age, many leaders in the TMT sector are facing major pressures to redesign their organisations and reinvent their business models, explained Domenico Azzarello, CEO of Bain & Company in France since January 2014. “Matthieu helps our clients with designing and developing such major transformations.”

Vigneron, who has been with Bain for thirteen years, has extensive experience serving clients in Europe and North Africa – besides working in France, Vigneron also worked from Bain’s offices in London (UK), Stockholm (Sweden), Milan (Italy) and Algiers (Algeria).

Five senior appointments at McKinsey

Rival McKinsey & Company has meanwhile hired Julien Revellat as an associate partner. Revellat joined from Corporate Value Associates, a management consulting firm with 17 offices globally, where he worked for over seven years in areas such as growth, restructuring, operational efficiency, organisation, marketing & sales and supply chain. Revellat, who was one of the six partners of Corporate Value Associates in Paris, started his career with EY, where he spent four years, part of the Energy & Utilities division.

Also appointed an associate partner, Dominique Trancart joined from The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). He has over two decades of experience in the consulting sector and industry. Prior to his spell at BCG, Trancart worked for Roland Berger in Paris and French insurance group AXA, where he was Deputy Head of Strategy. Earlier in his career he worked for Faurecia (which recently partnered with Accenture to tap into the connected car market), and management consultancies A.T. Kearney and Arthur D. Little. Trancart advises private equity funds and industrial companies on topics such as business planning, operational efficiency, due diligence, joint ventures, sales force effectiveness, post-merger integration, organisation and digital.

Bain, Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey add senior advisors in France

The French arm of McKinsey & Company further added three partners to its team, as it pushes for growth in France’s consulting market. Henri de Combles de Nayves works for the firm’s Financial Services practice, which serves corporate and investment banks, retail banks, asset managers and insurance companies. He assists clients in France, Europe and North Africa with strategy, organisational and operational excellence. Before joining McKinsey, he worked at Société Générale Corporate and Investment Banking as an Equity Derivatives Trader. 

Pierre de la Boulaye has been with McKinsey since 2006, and has been promoted from associate partner to partner. He works mainly with consumer goods and financial services companies, and heads the firm’s Procurement & Supply Chain Management practice in France. During his 12 year tenure at McKinsey, De la Boulaye has been involved with around 150 engagements for 40+ companies across Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. 

The third new partner, Thomas Morel is based in McKinsey’s Lyon office. He joined the consultancy as an Associate in 2011, and has since been promoted to Engagement Manager in 2012 and Associate Partner in 2014, prior to making the latest jump at the start of this year. Morel focuses mainly on the automotive sector – he leads McKinsey's research on R&D and innovation, and has contributed to many initiatives related to autonomous driving and electric vehicles.

BCG adds two partners

The third of the ‘MBB’, The Boston Consulting Group, has appointed Céline Boyer-Chammard as a partner and managing director in its Paris office. The French native – she graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees and obtrained an MBA at INSEAD – relocated from Germany, where she from the firm’s base in Cologne led BCG’s Insurance industry group. In France, Boyer-Chammard is member of the firm’s Financial Institutions, Insurance and Technology Advantage practices. 

Loïc Mesnage joined BCG as a partner and managing director from PwC, where he was a partner and worked for sixteen years. He has 20 years of experience in among others the Aerospace & Defense, Energy Utilities and Consumer Goods industries, specialising in business transformation enabled by technology. Mesnage bolsters BCG’s Technology Advantage wing, which helps clients with digitisation, data analytics, agility, operating model change, IT due diligence and IT implementations. 

Last year fellow strategy consulting rival Roland Berger added two partners to its French team: Thierry Duvette and Cyrille Vincey.

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.”