Robert O'Donnell joins Australian Strategy Partners in Melbourne

27 February 2022 2 min. read
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Australian Strategy Partners has strengthened its team with former Strategy& advisor Robert O'Donnell, who joins as an associate partner.

Robert O'Donnell brings over 15 years of experience in strategy consulting and industry to the boutique firm. Based in Melbourne, he joins Adam Qaiser and Oliver Jones in the firm’s Melbourne leadership team.

“Having been working with Robert for six months, we are delighted that has he has formally joined our team,” said Jeremy Barker, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Australian Strategy Partners.

Robert O'Donnell, Associate Partner, Australian Strategy Partners

Launched early last year by a group of former EY-Parthenon seniors (led by Barker), Australian Strategy Partners focuses on three offerings: strategy development, commercial due diligence and top-line growth, backed by a data-driven approach. The firm works for corporate clients and private equity firms.

Shortly after its launch, Australian Strategy Partners entered a strategic alliance with international player OC&C Strategy Consultants, which more recently poached EY-Parthenon’s team in the Benelux as part of its strategy to expand its presence in mainland Europe.

O'Donnell leads case teams and delivers projects for corporate clients in growth strategy, market and competitors reviews, and operations (cost reduction, transformation, operating models, procurement). For private equity clients, he specialises in commercial due diligence reviews and portfolio value creation.

In addition, he has significant experience with product strategy, go-to-market, pricing, data commercialisation, assessment of merger & acquisition opportunities and business sale/divestment processes.

Over the past two years, O'Donnell worked as an independent consultant, leveraging his more than four years of experience at Strategy& (and Booz & Company prior to its purchase by PwC). During his consulting career, he has have worked across B2B and B2C industries including technology, media, transportation, insurance, financial services, construction, industry and private equity.

In between, he was Senior Manager of Commercial & New Ventures at career platform SEEK, and Strategy Director at digital marketing businesses Sensis. He began his career in the ports, shipping and rail industry with Patrick.