Former head of Accenture Strategy in Australia joins PwC in Romania

01 August 2018 Consultancy.com.au

Luca Martini, the ex-Managing Director of Accenture Strategy in Australia, has made a dramatic career switch and moved to Romaina to join PwC as a Partner. He will become the next advisory leader of PwC in Romania and South East Europe, working out of the capital city Bucharest. 

As of the first of July 2018, Luca Martini took up his new position at PwC Romania and South East Europe. With over 25 years worth of consulting experience spread across some of the biggest and most notorious firms, Martini is a veteran of strategic consulting. 

 Italian by birth, he has worked across Italy, Germany, North Africa and Spain, and in 2010 he moved to Australia. He has also worked across the Asia Pacific and in Latin America and is fluent in English, Italian, French and Spanish. 

Martini began his career at Andersen Consulting – today known as Accenture – in 1991 and left in 1996 when he was a manager. He moved directly into a Partner role at McKinsey & Company where he remained, albeit in different locations, for the better part of twenty years. 

By October 2015 he left the prestigious consulting firm to return to Accenture as Managing Director of Accenture Strategy. According to a clip released upon his arrival at Accenture, Martini ‘picked Accenture Strategy for one very specific reason’ –  Innovation. “New ideas, new businesses, new value propositions and I really loved that. Entering into unchartered territories,” he said. 

Former head of Accenture Strategy in Australia joins PwC in Romania

Speaking of his new position, Martini commented, “I believe that PwC already has a strong advisory practice in Romania and I look forward to working, together with the team, to capitalise on the tremendous market opportunities at an exciting time for the global economy, when technology, digital platforms, artificial intelligence and robotics are transforming entire industries and sectors. There are many areas in which we can help our clients deal with these challenges.”

Martini will replace Edward Macnamara, who will now focus on global business recovery services project on a global level within PwC. Macnamara has been leading the PwC Romania and South East Europe team for the past two years.  

Ionut Simion, Country Manager Partner, PwC Romania said: “Luca Martini will be instrumental in achieving our strategic objective of becoming distinctive leaders of the Romanian professional services market. His extensive experience in leading teams in complex advisory projects and various markets will strengthen our management consulting capabilities and will help us bring new perspectives and innovative solutions to our clients.”

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

15 April 2019 Consultancy.com.au

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.