EY Port Jackson picks up young talent from PwC Strategy&

13 June 2021 Consultancy.com.au 3 min. read
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EY Port Jackson Partners has recruited a number of young strategy consultants from rival Strategy&.

The strategy consulting wing of Ernst & Young has recruited a crew of young talent from rival PwC, with the nation’s largest professional services firm also losing two of its partners.

As reported by the Australian Financial Review, Andrew Lee, Florence Santana, Stephanie Lewis and Youna Shin, aged between 26 and 30, have all crossed to EY Port Jackson Partners from Strategy&, while former Strategy& senior manager Andrea del Castillo joins after a period of independent consulting.

Andrea del Castillo
An MBA-holder from UNSW’s Australian Graduate School of Management, del Castillo first started out with Strategy& in Sydney in 2011, serving as a senior manager prior to her departure in the middle of last year. Her nine years at the firm included a six-month stint as a Deals Strategy manager with PwC in the UK in 2014. She joined EY as an Associate Principal in April.

Andrea del Castillo, Florance Santana, Stephanie Lewis, Youna Shin and Andrew Lee

Florence Santana
Santana meanwhile joins EY Port Jackson Partners in Sydney after more than four years at Strategy&, where she rose to the level of manager. A degree holder in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University, Santana first kicked of her consulting career at KPMG in 2016 following an earlier stint at Chevron, serving in the area of Customer & Operations and Financial Management.

Stephanie Lewis
Also crossing to EY as an associate, Lewis has been with Strategy& for over the past three years, first joining the strategy consulting firm in 2018 following the completion of a Bachelor’s in Engineering in Industrial Chemistry with UNSW. Earlier, Lewis served as a brewing analyst with Tooheys, as well as undertaking student stints with Evoqua Water Technologies and Era Polymers.

Youna Shin
Now a business analyst at EY Port Jackson Partners, Shin has been a Senior Associate at Strategy& since March of last year, before which she spent just over two years at PwC working within the Big Four firm’s Mergers & Acquisitions practice. Another Engineering graduate (Civil Engineering with the University of Queensland), Shin kicked off her career with Osborn Consulting Engineers.

Andrew Lee
The last of the new cohort in Sydney, Lee joins EY Port Jackson Partners as an associate, with the firm having been rolled into EY’s strategy arm EY Parthenon toward the middle of last year, itself purchased in 2014. Lee joins after more than three years at PwC Strategy&, most recently as a senior associate, having also previously worked as an analyst at KPMG.

The recruitment of talent from Strategy& follows EY’s recent poaching of Miles Tam and Chris Paxton as partners, with the pair having spent over 20 years at PwC between them.

Meanwhile, PwC has also seen two former senior leaders take up posts elsewhere; executive Dorothy Hisgrove, now at KPMG, and two-decade veteran Marcus van Vugt, who joins boutique CapFeather Global.