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Arthur D. Little names new top management

Arthur D. Little has announced the appointment of Michael Träm as Chief Executive Officer, as well as the appointment of François Valraud as Chief Operating Officer, both effective immediately.

The firm also said its new headquarters will be located in Paris, providing no further details on that development.

In his new capacity, Michael Träm will have overall responsibility for developing Arthur D. Little’s international strategy, growth and profitability at global level. He will also supervise Human Resources, public and legal representation, global marketing and communications as well as the management of Arthur D. Little’s partners’ community. He will be a member of the executive committee of Altran the European leader for Technology and Innovation consulting, and ADL’s parent company.

Michael Träm will take over from the current incumbent Richard Clarke, who has successfully led the firm through a period of global rebuilding, repositioning and streamlining since its acquisition by Altran in 2002. Richard Clarke will continue contributing to the firm in the U.K.

In his new role, François Valraud will oversee all of Arthur D. Little’s consultancy activities. He will be in charge of strengthening its global business, and also expanding into new markets. François Valraud will have global responsibility for the organization of support functions.

Michael Träm, 44, a German citizen, is the former Executive Vice President of Celerant Management Consulting. He joins Arthur D. Little with an in-depth experience of international strategy in the consulting business. He began his career as a business lawyer working with strategy consultants on mergers opportunities. In 1989, he joined A.T. Kearney Management Consultants, where he spent most of his career. With leadership responsibilities in strategy projects, he became Principal in 1994, with specialization in strategy, turnaround management and M&A; projects. 1997, he was appointed Vice President and member of A.T. Kearney’s European strategy team. From 2000 to 2003 he was Managing Director for the company’s profit centre in Central Europe, and in 2004 became leader of the Greater European profit centre and member of the Global Operating committee of the firm. For several years, he was member of the advisory board of EDS Germany. Michael Träm studied Law and completed a PhD at the University of Saarland. He is the author of several books about Management.

François Valraud, 42, a French citizen, was previously Director of Strategy and Business Development for the Altran Group. He comes with experience in both consulting and operational management. He also has a strong experience in international operations and business start-ups. He was director of strategy and development for Microsoft France where he was responsible for the projects resulting in its transformation. He joined Microsoft in 1994 and was one of the pioneers of Microsoft Consulting. For much of his career, he has worked in management consultancy, in particular at Price Waterhouse Coopers where he was an organization and new information technologies consultant. He began his career with Cambridge Technology Partners, a start-up in the Boston area specializing in systems integration. François Valraud took his first degree at Ecole Centrale de Nantes and has a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
 
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