Marvin Rust, Louise Jenkins and Andrew Ponting join A&M Taxand

02 May 2018 Consultancy.eu

International consulting firm Alvarez & Marsal has added three senior advisors to its European tax consultancy arm, which operates under the Alvarez & Marsal Taxand brand. All three new hires – Marvin Rust, Louise Jenkins and Andrew Ponting – will serve the European market from the firm’s base in London.

Marvin Rust joined the firm as Managing Director and Head of Taxand Europe. Globally, A&M Taxand has around 2,000 tax advisers, including 400 partners, in more than 40 countries. The outfit competes with the tax consulting wings of the Big Four, as well as FTI Consulting, AlixPartners and other regional/local tax advisory players. 

Prior to joining Alvarez & Marsal Taxand, Rust was Head of the European Tax Services group of FTI Consulting and a Partner at Deloitte. He brings over two decades of experience in corporate tax advisory spanning over 90 separate transactions at FTI Consulting, Deloitte and PwC. He specialises in tax authority audits, transfer pricing studies supporting complex transactions and Advance Pricing Agreements. His track record has earned him several accolades throughout his career, including being named as one of the world’s leading transfer pricing advisers in a survey conducted by the Legal Media Group.Marvin Rust, Louise Jenkins and Andrew Ponting join A&M TaxandCommenting on the addition of Rust, Antonio "Tony" Alvarez III, Managing Director and A&M’s European Practice lead, said, “Marvin brings the right experience at the right time to A&M as we rapidly bolster our service lines to help clients meet new audit regulation and rotation change challenges. His track record advising corporates, private equity firms, and individuals on complex matters will enable us to provide clients with more rounded solutions, often at key moments in their business and investment plans.”

“Marvin is one of the most experienced and well-regarded tax advisors in the European marketplace; he is an ideal leader for our growing tax practice in the region,” added Ernesto Perez, Global Practice Leader of A&M Taxand.

Rust is joined by two other senior advisors – Louise Jenkins and Andrew Ponting. They both also transferred from FTI Consulting, and have been appointed Senior Directors at Alvarez & Marsal Taxand. Jenkins has nearly 20 years’ experience advising clients on compensation matters, previously serving FTI Consulting, KPMG and EY. Jenkins will lead A&M’s compensation and benefits offering, including advising clients on the design and implementation of equity and cash-based incentive plans for senior employees.

Ponting specialises in global mergers and acquisitions, as well as private equity tax matters. He previously served Deloitte, NatWest Bank, PwC and FTI Consulting.

The trio of appointments demonstrate, according to Alvarez III and Perez, the firm’s commitment to growing its European presence and expanding its range of services in a period of growing regulatory and tax burden. Globally, Alvarez & Marsal has over 3,500 employees across four continents, also supporting clients in the area of strategy, restructuring, performance improvement, mergers & acquisitions and digital.

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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.”