Synergy names Simon Benjamin as Melbourne managing partner

04 June 2024 Consultancy.com.au 2 min. read
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Synergy Group has appointed former EY leader Simon Benjamin as its new Melbourne managing partner, continuing the management consultancy’s push into Victoria.

A consulting industry veteran, Benjamin has been a partner with Ernst & Young for the past sixteen and a half years, including based out of China, before which he was a partner at IBM Consulting and associate partner at PwC.

His appointment as Synergy’s Melbourne managing partner follows a string of recent partnership recruits to the burgeoning new office, while Paulette Robinson was tapped to lead the firm's Canberra base at the end of last year.

Synergy names Simon Benjamin as Melbourne managing partner

“Simon specialises in translating strategy into executable programs of work in complex environments by determining creative and practical ways of addressing financial and organisational challenges,” the firm said in a note to LinkedIn, adding that Benjamin had led capital infrastructure and enterprise transformation programs for some of the world’s largest multinational companies.

An MBA-holder from UNSW Business School with an additional masters in applied psychology from Monash, Benjamin brings altogether more than 35 years of management consulting experience to his new role, including almost a decade in Shanghai as a partner with both IBM and Ernst & Young. His earlier stint at IBM Consulting and its PwC predecessor were spent in Sydney.

Since returning with EY to Melbourne in 2013, Benjamin has led the Big Four firm’s portfolio & program management practice for the Asia Pacific and most recently its Oceania performance improvement practice, with a focus on the government and public sector and telecommunications clients. He also brings high-level experience advising the pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries.

Since recently declaring its ambition to become the nation’s leading consultancy within a decade, Synergy Group has been busy stacking its ranks with senior talent in Melbourne, including the addition of Benjamin’s former EY colleagues Mark Bainbridge and Dianne Sinclair as partners.

Synergy Group also brought in former Scyne Advisory director Dallas McGuire Hindle as a partner, along with Vijay Tampi from KPMG.