KPMG and L.E.K. alumnus to lead Google in Australia & New Zealand

26 May 2016

Jason Pellegrino has been named as Google Australia and New Zealand’s new Managing Director. Pellegrino served at management consultancies KPMG and L.E.K. Consulting before joining Google in 2007.

Jason Pellegrino started his career in 1994 with KPMG where he first worked in the firm’s Audit practice and later on moved to the firm’s Transaction Services unit. After having spent six years with the Big Four firm in Australia, Pellegrino moved to London where he worked with PepsiCo’s Corporate Finance team.

Between 2002 and 2004 completed an MBA programme at London Business School, upon graduation, he joined international management consulting firm L.E.K. Consulting. At L.E.K., Pellegrino advised an array of clients in the retail, consumer products, technology and media industries on areas of acquisitions, commercial due diligence and corporate strategy.

KPMG and L.E.K. alumnus to lead Google in Australia & New Zealand

Following a two year stint with Dakota Corporation, Pellegrino joined Google in January 2007, and has since remained with the digital powerhouse. Over the past eight years he held a range of leadership positions with a main focus on sales, including Sales Director Australia and Head of Sales Operations & Strategy for Google’s Australia & New Zealand operations. Since early 2014, Pellegrino has been responsible for Google’s business strategy and commercial capabilities across the Asia Pacific region.

In his new role Pellegrino, who lives in Sydney with his four children, is tasked with further growing the company’s already impressive digital footprint. He will succeed Maile Carnegie, who left the company earlier this year to join ANZ as the Head of Digital.

Pellegrino holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Wollongong and a Master in Business Administration which he graduated with distinction from The London Business School. Pellegrino served as President of the Student Association and as a member of the The London Business School’s Board of Governors.

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Ian Watt leads Energy & Environment arm of L.E.K Consulting Australia

15 April 2019

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.