Ebiquity ANZ experience management shake-up

16 October 2018 Consultancy.com.au

Independent global marketing and media consultancy Ebiquity’s Australia/New Zealand executive management team has undergone a transformation. With Richard Basil-Jones being appointed to the position of Managing Director Asia Pacific, the top job for the ANZ was up for grabs, and Peter Cornelius has been elevated to the role after three years with the firm. 

In an exiting management overhaul for the global consultancy Ebiquity Australia’s practice, Peter Cornelius has been named as the firm’s new Managing Director for ANZ. Cornelius has stepped up from his previous role as Director of Client Services and will operate out of the firm’s Northern Sydney office. 

Besides being the Director of his own consulting outfit, Cornelius Media, Cornelius has been at the helm of many media firms including The Nelson Company – where he spent 10 years as Managing Director, Kinesis Media, Zenith Media and George Patterson Bates – where he began his career in 1981. 

The outgoing Managing Director, Basil-Jones – who also spent the majority of his career with The Nelson Company – said, referencing his new cover, “His experience, calm hand and focus on our clients has helped build and shape our media practice to be the respected, independent media consultancy we have today.”

Basil-Jones is another industry veteran who will take on the executive role of Managing Director Asia Pacific based in the UK. “Delighted for Richard to be taking on a new and expanded global role in London which results in yours truly stepping up to take on responsibilities across Australia and New Zealand,” said Cornelius on LinkedIn after the announcement. 

Ebiquity ANZ experience management shake-up

The new APAC Managing Director will go on to oversee the marketing and media consultancy’s operations throughout the region. With offices in Australia, Singapore and China – as well as affiliates throughout both Japan and India, the region represents a key locale for the consultancy’s international growth strategy. 

The region has experienced some of the largest growth within the management consulting sector in the past few years. Driven by China, Southeast Asia and Southern Asia’s quick-paced industrialisation and technological advances, the region’s management consulting industry broke the $50 billion barrier for the first time this year

Mentioning Basil-Jones’ capability to perform in his new role, Ebiquity’s CEO Michael Karg said, “I have worked closely with Richard over the recent years and know that his passion for the business and people leadership qualities will bring the right focus and success to our global business.” 

The role represents serious opportunity for growth for the firm, which advises 80 of the top 100 global advertisers across 20 offices worldwide. The firm deploys core capabilities in media, analytics, and tech to enable its clients to achieve greater accountability, transparency and ROI from their marketing investments, and help independently measure and optimise their customer experiences. 

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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.