Alvarez & Marsal hires further senior leaders for Australian drive

25 September 2023 3 min. read
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Global consultancy Alvarez & Marsal is on a mission to claim a slice of the Australian professional services market, backing its bold ambitions via the recruitment of senior leaders from its rivals.

Alvarez & Marsal continues to make a concerted push on Australian soil through a slew of recent hires, including George Collins to head up its global transactions analytics team out of Melbourne. Collins follows a quartet of KPMG deals leadership colleagues recently crossing to the firm, which has now hosted its official launch ceremony in Sydney attended by co-founder Bryan Marsal.

“What an amazing launch of our Sydney office hosted by our co-CEO Bryan Marsal,” stated former Kearney ASEAN managing partner Utsav Garg, who joined the firm last year to lead a combined Southeast Asia and Australia unit.

Alvarez & Marsal hires further senior leaders for Australian drive

“Heartfelt thanks to the 200 odd clients, colleagues and friends who made it to the event. The Australian professional services market is getting disrupted as we speak, and Alvarez & Marsal offers a compelling alternative.” Garg added.

In addition to Collins and the KPMG crew, the AFR has reported that Ernst & Young energy market leader Igor Sadimenko will soon join the firm alongside fellow EY partners Adam Woodward, Andrew Sharp, Sean Keegan and Edward Consett, while other recent recruits include Grant Whiteley and Tim Praill as managing and senior directors.

George Collins crosses to Alvarez & Marsal after spending the best part of the past decade with KPMG in the UK and Australia, the latter where he transferred as a deal analytics director in Melbourne toward the end of last year. Previously he was a senior systems operator with Hawk-Eye Innovations – the technology most notably used to support umpiring decisions in tennis and cricket – and a coach with the South Australian Cricket Association in Adelaide.

According to the AFR, Igor Sadimenko has departed EY after more than a decade and will soon join Alvarez & Marsal, in what would be a significant coup for the firm’s growing local operations. Sadimenko was only this year appointed as co-leader of EY’s recently launched Net Zero Centre, and also heads up the firm’s Oceania Energy practice, having joined in Brisbane as an energy transition partner in 2010 after almost a decade with Accenture in South Africa.

Grant Whiteley has joined Alvarez & Marsal as a forensic technology managing director in Perth. He joins after more than a decade at KordaMentha, where he was a partner, with earlier stints at EY and the WA Police.

Tim Praill has been appointed a senior director in Sydney. Crossing from online educator Upskilled where he was CEO, Praill previously also spent time at Boston Consulting Group in Perth and the London office of Deloitte.