Christian Malorny and Thomas Luk join Automotive practice of A.T. Kearney

25 April 2018

A.T. Kearney has bolstered its automotive practice with two partners. Christian Malorny has been appointed a senior partner and global head of the firm’s automotive division, while Thomas Luk has been named a partner with a focus on helping clients on their strategic challenges in China. Both Malorny and Luk are based in Germany and have an extensive background at rival McKinsey & Company.

“I am delighted to welcome two proven automotive experts to our partnership, both of whom are highly networked industry leaders and esteemed thought-leaders in the rapidly changing global automotive sector,” said Martin Eisenhut, partner and managing director of A.T. Kearney Central Europe. 

Christian Malorny spent 20 years as a consultant at McKinsey & Company, focusing on the automotive and engineering industries. His spell at the US-headquartered management consultancy ended in 2015 after facing his former employer in a court case. The year previous, McKinsey had terminated Malorny’s contract on the grounds that he had breached internal procedures, including writing false expense statements. The German court however saw no wrongdoings in Malorny’s behaviour – with his new challenge at A.T. Kearney, he starts a new chapter in his esteemed consulting career. 

Malorny, who graduated in Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Berlin, has been named the global head of A.T. Kearney's automotive unit, which reportedly generates a revenue of around $300 million across the firm’s footprint of 40+ international offices. 

Thomas Luk, Christian Malorny and Martin Eisenhut

He is joined by another former McKinsey consultant, Thomas Luk, who spent more than 10 years with the US firm in the automotive and high-tech practices. Tuk, who studied Technical Business Administration at the University of Stuttgart, specialises in performance transformations and strategic collaborations in Europe and China. Luk has been tasked with accelerating A.T. Kearney’s automotive work in the Chinese market. 

Commenting on his new role, Malorny said that the automotive industry is facing major change across strategy, organisation, technology and ecosystems. “The disruptive market changes with new market players and business models requires new strategies, value chains, production processes and procedures.” The winners of the new era, he foresees, will be automotive companies that not only develop suitable answers for digitisation and new mobility forms, but those that manage to work in the wider ecosystem to build a differentiated position in the automotive value-added.” 

One of the changes touted as a major disruptor is self-driving cars – according to a study by Strategy&, by 2030 autonomous vehicles will drive half of all kilometres travelled in the European Union. Meanwhile, Europe risks losing out on being a major force in electric vehicles warned BearingPoint in a recent report, which is another major trend to hit the automotive sector in the coming years. 

For consulting firms such as A.T. Kearney, which was founded in 1926 in the United States, the changing dynamics means that consultancy offerings need to change along with the environment. Malorny: “As the automotive industry accelerates toward digital solutions, consulting firms must reinvent themselves, with courage, foresight, and innovative consulting approaches that effectively and sustainably empower their clients. I look forward to doing so at A.T. Kearney.”

Germany is outside of the US one of A.T. Kearney’s stronghold markets. The Dusseldorf office was the firm’s first international office back in 1964 – the same year McKinsey expanded into Germany.


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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.”