EY Advisory Australia hires five new partners externally

08 August 2019 Consultancy.com.au

The Advisory division of EY Australia has in recent months hired five new partners externally. Three of them have been poached from a rival in the consulting industry.

Alex Campbell joined EY from rival Deloitte at the start of this year. She is a partner in the firm’s Financial Services Advisory practice, based in Melbourne. Campbell is a lean process and operations improvement specialist, and specialises in process optimisation and redesign, customer centric cost reduction, operational excellence, process automation and agile delivery. Earlier in her career, Campbell – not to be confused with UK-based partner Alex Campbell (who funnily enough also joined EY from Deloitte) – spent three years with KPMG, and seven years in the financial services industry with JBWere and Goldman Sachs. 

Sydney-based Bruce McKinnon brings some three decades of experience in technology and digital transformation to the firm. He joined in the summer, having previously worked over a decade for German ERP giant SAP. Most recently, he was Head of Services for SAP Asia Pacific, a role he before that held for the Australia and New Zealand region. He also served as head of SAP’s Consulting and Education business in Australia and New Zealand. Earlier in his career, McKinnon worked for Accenture, where he started his career, PwC Consulting and IBM – which he joined in 2002 after IBM acquired PwC’s consulting business.

Alex Campbell, Bruce McKinnon, Jacqui Kernot, Patrick Hatton, Sebastian Moore - EY

Formerly the Head of Cybersecurity Services at Telstra, Jacqui Kernot joined EY in February this year with the remit of building out the firm’s cyber capabilities in Australia. Kernot previously worked for IBM, Hewlett Packard and Dimension Data, where she held roles in the security landscape. She is part of EY’s Cybersecurity practice, which has over 250 professionals across Australia and New Zealand. Alongside her role at EY, Kernot chairs Females in IT and Telecommunications, the largest organisation for women in tech in Australia. 

Patrick Hatton joined the Public Sector practice of EY Advisory in May. Based in Canberra, he helps the firm’s Federal Government and other public sector clients with system integration, application development and application support engagements. He also advises clients on designing and implementing (hybrid) cloud, security, analytics and mobility solutions. Previously, Hatton worked twelve years for IBM, latterly leading the company’s business consulting offerings across the Home Affairs Portfolio and the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, and around a decade for players in the IT and telecom industries. 

Sebastian Moore joined EY Advisory’s partnership at the start of the year, as part of EY’s acquisition of Plaut IT, which added around 130 professionals across Asia Pacific to the firm’s technology footprint. Moore was chief executive of Plaut IT, and now is a partner in EY’s IT Advisory wing, working with clients on agile business transformation enabled by SAP. Prior to joining Plaut IT, Moore worked fifteen years in the IT services and consulting industry. 

Last month, during EY’s annual promotion round, the professional services firm internally promoted ten of its senior advisors to partner level.


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