R/GA makes moves on Australian consulting market with Drew Klonsky appointment

09 October 2018 Consultancy.com.au

Global design, technology, communications and consulting firm R/GA have appointed Drew Klonsky as the Executive Director of the newly formed Business Transformation unit.

The multidisciplinary agency’s new unit – which was formed back in 2015 – will offer clients a comprehensive collection of services which the firm believes are intrinsically linked. In stark contrast to traditional consulting firms, R/GA’s contends what sets them apart is their ability to both advise and deliver.

R/GA’s promise is 'transformation at speed', which we're able to make by combining a consultative approach with the ability to execute,” says Drew Klonsky. “I'm excited to work with clients on developing the strategies, products and services to help derail disruption and drive the kind of large-scale, deeply-rooted change that makes transformation transformation, not evolution.”

With offices spread throughout 20 countries across North & South America, Europe and Asia/Pacific – including both Melbourne and Sydney – R/GA has built a global network which challenges traditional rulers of the consulting roost. The appointment solidifies the firm’s presence in the top tier strategy and management consulting market, which in Australia grew to over $5 billion in the past year.

R/GA makes moves on lucrative Australian consulting market with Drew Klonsky appointment

“Unlike traditional consultants, we believe that no single magic bullet can address every company's challenges," he says. “You won't find us trickling out in-actionable strategy decks full of acronyms that simply don't apply to our clients’ unique situations.”

“We’ve shown that adding consulting to solve both sophisticated consumer and corporate challenges through making things, is a radical departure from the current ‘acqui-hire’ management consulting approach that presupposes creatives will deliver the right strategy layered on age-old, risk-averse methods delivered by billing-by-the-hour consultants,” he says.

Drew Klonsky is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and led multiple companies including Citizen – an award winning design and product innovation firm with over 80 professionals – incubator +CitizenLab and ViVi. He has also worked with Nike as the brand’s Entrepreneur in Residence and most recently as Fahrenheit 212’s Managing Director.

As Executive Director Klonsky will bring 20 years of his unique blend of entrepreneurial expertise in which spans strategy, branding and innovation to the Business Transformation unit. According to Rebecca Bezzina, R/GA’s Managing Director of Sydney and Melbourne the appointment is key to expanded R/GA’s presence in the consulting world across the country.

“Drew adds even greater firepower to our goal of enabling client's businesses to grow. He'll be instrumental in helping equip clients with the tools to become more customer-centric, data-driven, purpose-led and creatively fuelled. We could not be more excited to have him spearheading our core mission,” said Bezzina.

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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.