Deloitte New Zealand promotes four new consulting directors

18 July 2018

Deloitte in New Zealand has boosted its team with the addition of two new partners and three new directors in the country. The move comes amid a larger leadership boost seeing the tax, advisory and consulting firm promote 14 new leaders across its New Zealand practice. 

In a bid to enhance the firm’s consulting practice, Deloitte have promoted Glenn Bittle, Jayesh Rama, Aravind Subramanian and Leissa Wheatley to its leadership team. The appointments also reflect Deloitte New Zealand’s focus on continuous growth for its consulting practices in the country.

According to Deloitte New Zealand’s Chief Executive Thomas Pippos, the latest appointments show the firm’s ongoing commitment to its people as well as its strive for diversity and inclusion.

Deloitte New Zealand promotes four new consulting directors

Glenn Bittle is the only on of the four appointees who is not appointed directly from within the firm itself. He has however worked previously with Deloitte in both Australia and New Zealand as a senior manager and Partner from 1994 until 2003.

Bittle has held multiple senior leadership and project management roles across a number of public and private enterprises including Auckland Council and SAP NZ. He has recently concluded a brief stint with Mercury – a New Zealand based electricity firm – leading the Soltius team for SAP cloud migration.

Jayesh Rama has been with Deloitte in NZ for the past four years after over 10 years based in the United Kingdom. Rama moved back to Auckland in 2014 for a management position with Deloitte’s consulting practices and is focused on commercial and financial business advisory. He has previously worked in leadership roles with BP, as a planning and performance manager, and Network Rail, as a commercial manager.

Aravind Subramanian has spent the past three years as an associate director with Deloitte in Auckland and joined the firm in 2014 as a manager. He has over 13 years of experience in the information management and customer experience domain and is an expert in communications, public sector, manufacturing, consumer goods and banking, financial services, and insurance.

Having graduated from Bharathiar University in India with an engineering degree, Subramanian went straight into a planning engineer role with Sanmar Engineering Corporation. He then moved to a systems engineer role with Tata Consulting Services and has since held two positions as a senior consultant with both Oracle and AGC Networks. 

Leissa Wheatley began her time with Deloitte in Melbourne in 2010 where she was a manager and experience design lead and then a director of experience and service design. She graduated from Griffith University in 2002 and began her career in Brisbane at Intrapower as a web designer. Wheatley then went on to a range of design positions in London before moving to join Deloitte.

Deloitte New Zealand Chief Executive Thomas Pippos said of the appointments; “Our investment in these fourteen new leaders reflects both the current demand for our services and our optimism for the future, and underscores our commitment to providing professional growth opportunities for our people.”

“They bring a range of diverse experience to their roles and underscore our absolute commitment to delivering the highest level of service to clients across the entire country,” Pippos concluded.


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Ian Watt leads Energy & Environment arm of L.E.K Consulting Australia

15 April 2019

Ian Watt has joined L.E.K Consulting’s as a partner and leader of the firm’s Australian Energy & Environment practice. Watt is based in Sydney.

“We are delighted to welcome Ian Watt to L.E.K Consulting,” said Nick Holder, who leads the firm’s operations in the Asia Pacific region and is country leader of the Australia business. “His experience working with utilities to successfully address waves of market disruption and regulatory complexity bolsters our ability to drive value creation for clients.” 

Watt joins from Strategy&, where he worked since 2010, initially with Booz & Company before transitioning to Strategy& through PwC's $1 billion acquisition of Booz in 2014. He brings over a decade of experience advising clients in the energy, utilities, mining and industrials sectors across Asia Pacific, Europe, and North America. His experiences span the utility value chain, and comprise a mix of growth strategy (strategic planning, go-to-market models), operational transformation (cost, business model, and performance optimisation) and innovation (design of new products and services). 

During his career at Strategy&, Watt worked from the firm’s offices in London, Sydney, and most recently Calgary – he relocated to Canada in 2016 to help launch and build the Strategy& firm in the country. Prior to his consulting spell, he held several technical an economic consulting roles in the engineering industry, having started his career in Mott MacDonald’s consultancy team in the UK.

Ian Watt leads Energy & Environment arm of L.E.K ConsultingAt L.E.K Consulting, which has over 1,400 professionals globally, Watt will lead the Australian Energy & Environment practice. His appointment comes at a time when the energy & utilities sector is facing major change, with market disruption and regulatory complexity taking hold. According to L.E.K. Consulting, “Primary energy suppliers, OEMs and utilities, among others, turn to L.E.K. to benefit from its experience gathered over decades of tackling major strategic and operational issues in the sector.”

The presence of large energy conglomerates and mining giants means Australia's energy & resources consulting industry is the 2nd largest globally, trailing just the massive market of the United States. Government data shows that the resources sector comprise 15% to 20% of the national economy and up to 60% of Australia’s exports. BHP Billiton (the fourth largest company by revenue in Australia) and Rio Tinto (revenue of $40 billion) are major players in the space, meanwhile beyond mining & resources, companies such as energy retailers (e.g. Alinta Energy, BlueNRG, Click Energy, etc) and energy generators (e.g. AGL, Origin and EnergyAustralia) are ramping up their spending on external consultants in a bid to successfully position themselves for future sustainable growth. 

Watt’s move brings the total of new partners at L.E.K. in Australia to three this year. Previously, Joe Sponholtz joined the Sydney office from rival consultancy Partners In Performance, while Melbourne-based Philip Wheeler was promoted internally to partner.

Last week, Bain & Company named a new leader for its Australia and New Zealand division: company veteran Peter Stumbles.