Boston Consulting Group launches New Zealand office in Auckland

06 February 2022 2 min. read
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Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter innovation precinct has welcomed one of the world’s leading strategy and management consultancies, following the launch of a permanent BCG office in New Zealand.

Boston Consulting Group has officially launched a new office in Auckland, with several senior leadership appointments already in place. The office will be led by BCG managing director and partner Phillip Benedetti, with support from Marco Ciobo, Richard Hobbs, Esmé O’Neill-Dean, and BCG stalwart and current New Zealand chair Andrew Clark.

The new location in Auckland joins regional BCG offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth. Boston Consulting Group hasn’t had a fixed office in New Zealand since 2010, and expects to grow its local headcount to 20 by year’s end.

Boston Consulting Group launches New Zealand office in Auckland

BCG Australia and New Zealand managing partner Anthony Roediger said: “We have had a presence in New Zealand for several decades and have supported some of the country’s leading companies as well as public sector and not-for-profit clients. [The new office] will us to provide greater support to New Zealand organisations.”

The Auckland office is headed by Phillip Benedetti, who has been with BCG for the past ten years, and also serves as the consulting firm’s regional Head of Innovation and Corporate Strategy. Benedetti primarily works with financial institutions, insurance, and health care sector clients on growth and value creation, including during two secondment stints as a group strategy executive with ANZ. He is considered one of the firm’s global leaders in agile planning.

Industry veteran Marco Ciobo BCG as a partner in November following a one-and-a-half year stint as a senior advisor with Bain & Company in Sydney. Prior to that, he served as a senior consulting partner and banking sector lead for digital and IT strategy at Deloitte in New Zealand, before which he held senior leadership positions at Accenture, Monitor Deloitte, Kearney, and Oliver Wyman. He returns to BCG after almost twenty years.

Also returning to the firm is Richard Hobbs, an energy and sustainability expert appointed principal, while performance coach Esmé O’Neill-Dean transfers back to New Zealand following stints with BCG in Sydney and New York. After first joining in 2015, Hobbs has spent the past two and half years as general manager for strategy and customer at Transpower New Zealand. O’Neill-Dean joined in 2011, with a two-year break to attend Harvard Business School.

“With Andrew, Marco, Richard, Esmé and the rest of our talented team, we’re bringing together individuals with expertise and knowledge relevant to New Zealand organisations,” commented Benedetti. “Supported by our world-leading global network, I’m excited to orchestrate the best of BCG to deliver value for New Zealand clients. And given BCG’s breadth of capabilities, I’m confident we’ll create comprehensive, enduring impact.”

Across Australia and New Zealand, Boston Consulting Group has around 700 staff, including 50+ managing directors and partners.