Olaf Remmler and Reinhard Geigenfeind join BearingPoint in Germany

08 May 2018 Consultancy.eu

International business and technology consultancy BearingPoint has added two senior experts to its German outfit. Olaf Remmler and Reinhard Geigenfeind, both recruited externally, join the firm’s partnership. 

Reinhard Geigenfeind

The 41-year old Reinhard Geigenfeind strengthens the firm’s Government & Defence practice – he will focus on technology consulting topics such as IT consolidation, IT security, analytics, application development, eGovernment and digital-led modernisation of public services. He brings with him nearly 20 years of experience in the public sector consulting environment, having previously served IBM, T-Systems and Hewlett-Packard. Most recently, Geigenfeind was a Director in the German Public Sector industry practice of DXC Technology. 

Commenting on why he joined BearingPoint, Geigenfeind said he is impressed by the firm’s track record in the public domain, stating “BearingPoint has accompanied the civil service for many years. I am delighted to be part of this shared success story and look forward to support clients with their technological challenges.” 

Olaf Remmler and Reinhard Geigenfeind join BearingPoint in Germany

Olaf Remmler

BearingPoint’s Utilities service line welcomed Olaf Remmler (48) as a new partner. Leveraging his over two decades of expertise in energy and sustainability, he has been tasked with helping the firm – BearingPoint has over 3,900 employees in 20+ countries – extend its presence in the German Utilities market. He will also take an active role in the development of new offerings, in the areas of renewable energy, power generation, energy trading and risk management. 

Remmler transferred from rival PA Consulting Group, where he worked for nearly fifteen years, latterly as a member of the firm’s global Energy & Utilities practice. Prior to that, BearingPoint’s new partner worked for PwC Consulting, and moved over to IBM in 2002 as part of the acquisition of PwC Consulting by the American IT services giant. “Change is a constant in the energy industry. BearingPoint is well positioned to help customer thrive.” 

Kiumars Hamidian, BearingPoint’s boss for Germany, said, “I am delighted that we have been able to recruit two highly experienced industry experts. They will support us with the continuation of our growth path.” 

Globally, BearingPoint generates €710 million in fee income, up from €441 million in 2009 when the European arm of the firm completed a management buyout from its global parent. By 2020, the Amsterdam-headquartered consultancy aims to reach the income mark of €1,000 million. 

Earlier this year, BearingPoint added Judith Sasse to its Group Compliance function. Sasse is based in the firm’s Berlin office.


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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.”