Four of the new Partners are located in Germany, and in addition, one Partner has been promoted to Senior Partner.
“By appointing these 17 Partners, we are strengthening our international presence in the Asian growth markets and in the US, but also in our core Western European markets,” says Dr. Martin C. Wittig, CEO of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants.
The new Roland Berger Partners
Philipp Angehrn (39) is a new Partner in Roland Berger’s Zurich office, working for the Engineered Products & High Tech (EPHT) and Financial Services Competence Centers. He has seven years of experience at an international leading consulting firm and five years with a Swiss private equity boutique. He advises clients from a wide range of industries, focusing on strategies, restructuring and M&A.; Philipp Angehrn holds a degree in business administration from the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) and Cornell University (USA).
Philip Beil (38) is a new Partner in the Consumer Goods & Retail Competence Center in Munich, who has nearly 10 years of professional experience at Roland Berger. Before joining the consultancy in 2003, he was co-founder and Director of Business Development for a B2B retail platform. At Roland Berger, Philip Beil heads the fashion, sports & luxury goods practice, advising manufacturers and retailers on growth strategies, efficiency programs and M&A.; Philip Beil holds a diploma in business studies from the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich (Germany).
Didier Bréchemier (43) started working for Roland Berger in 2005 and is now Partner in the Transportation Competence Center in Paris. He has broad experience in consulting international airports and airlines, focusing on strategy and restructuring for incumbent, low-cost and charter carriers. In addition to his extensive knowledge with mass transport and private equity projects for transportation players, his expertise also extends to maintenance, network, crews and ground handling. Didier Bréchemier is a graduate of the ESTACA Engineering School Paris. He holds a Master’s degree in Auditing and Financial Controlling and a Master’s in Organization from IAE in Paris.
Sébastien Cailliau (39) joined Roland Berger in 2000 and is now a Partner at the company’s Brussels office, where he develops activities with European institutions with a strong focus on aerospace and defense. Sébastien Cailliau has great expertise in strategy, organization and performance optimization. He is also a specialist for public policy in European sovereign domains, from R&D; financing to the implementation of large infrastructure projects. Sébastien Cailliau holds a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the École Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace in France.
Neil Checker (57) is a Partner in the Operations Strategy and Pharma & Chemicals Competence Center in Düsseldorf (Germany). He has over 28 years of industry and consulting experience, working with financial clients and leading energy and chemical sector companies. He specializes in strategic planning, including portfolio analysis, business repositioning, growth strategies, financial planning, M&A; analysis as well as organization benchmarking and reengineering. Neil Checker holds a Ph.D. in Polymer Physics from the University of Sussex (UK).
Yannig Gourmelon (39) started working for Roland Berger in 2005 and is now a Partner at the Shanghai office, where he manages the International Desk. Prior to joining Roland Berger, he worked as a business development manager and strategy analyst in the telecom industry. He advises French companies in the utilities sector, with a strong focus on the water industry, and also specializes in performance increase, cost-cutting and change management projects. Yannig Gourmelon graduated from the Paris HEC Business School, holds a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Economics from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.
Sukgeun Lee (49) is Managing Partner at the Roland Berger office in Seoul (South Korea). Prior to joining Roland Berger, he was a senior executive partner leading Asia Pacific operations as well as managing director for Korea and China at global strategy firms. Sukgeun Lee has headed projects on strategy, M&A; and process innovation topics for financial institutions, telecommunications firms, manufacturers and the public sector. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago (USA), a Master’s degree in Banking and Financial Studies from the Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh (UK) and a Bachelor’s degree from Sogang University in Seoul (South Korea).
Philipp Leutiger (36) is a new Partner at the InfoCom Competence Center and is based in Munich. Prior to joining Roland Berger in 2010, he worked at other leading management consultancies for eight years. He is an industry specialist in digital business models as well as the high speed broadband technologies supporting them. Philipp Leutiger holds a Master’s from the Leipzig Graduate School of Management (Germany).
Jean-Marc Liduena (41) is a Partner in the Consumer Goods and Retail Competence Center in Paris. Before joining Roland Berger, he led the consumer goods & retail practice of a global management and strategy consultancy in France. Prior to that, he was a senior executive at Unilever, initially responsible for marketing and then moving to general management. He focuses his consulting activities on the consumer goods and luxury industries, advising corporate clients and private equity funds mostly on strategy, marketing, innovation, digital issues and M&A.; Jean-Marc Liduena holds an MBA from INSEAD (France) and an MSc in Civil Engineering from Ecole Spéciale des Travaux Publics (France).
John Low (43) is a Partner in the Civil Economics and Infrastructure Competence Center in South East Asia (Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia). He has over 20 years of experience with governmental institutions as well as clients in the agriculture, commodities, chemicals and biotechnology sectors. Prior to joining Roland Berger, he worked for the Prime Minister’s Department in Malaysia, where he was responsible for social and economic transformation. John Low holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of New South Wales (Australia) and an MBA from Meinders School of Business in Oklahoma (USA).
Daisuke Nakano (36) is a Partner in the Tokyo office’s Transportation and Consumer Goods & Retail Competence Centers. Prior to joining Roland Berger in 2003, he worked for another international consultancy. He has broad experience in growth and corporate brand strategies, entry strategies for developing countries and portfolio management. Over the course of his career, he has advised a wide range of clients in consumer goods, railways, infrastructure and media. Daisuke Nakano holds a BA from the Faculty of Law at the University of Tokyo.
Hans Nyctelius (49) is a Partner in the Pharma and Healthcare Competence Center in Stockholm (Sweden). Before joining Roland Berger, he worked as a physician for more than ten years. He also served as COO and CEO at two pharma and biotech firms in Sweden. Hans Nyctelius focuses his consulting activities on strategy, investments, business development, sales force optimization and market assessments as well as R&D; and organizational work. He holds a medical degree from Lund University (Sweden) and an MBA from Warwick Business School (UK).
Paul Osbourn (36) is a new Partner in Roland Berger’s London office, working in the Restructuring Competence Center. He has worked in a large number of industries with a focus on tech, media and telecoms. His major projects have focused on energy and utilities, real estate, hotels and leisure industries for lenders as well as corporate and private equity sponsors. Before joining Roland Berger, he worked for 10 years at one of the largest international accounting firms, specializing in transaction and restructuring services. Paul holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of York (UK) and a Fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Carlos Pérez (40) is a new Partner in the Financial Services Competence Center in Madrid (Spain). He has more than 10 years of experience in advising financial institutions in Spain, Portugal and Latin America with a focus on retail banking strategies, commercial effectiveness, consumer credit, collections, business intelligence and pricing. He was also in charge of customer relationship management at a leading Spanish bank. Carlos Pérez holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from the University of Valencia (Spain) and an MBA from INSEAD Fontainebleau (France).
David van der Does (41) is a new Partner at Roland Berger’s Amsterdam Office. Prior to joining Roland Berger he worked for an international strategy consulting firm for 10 years. He focuses mainly on consumer goods and retail as well as engineered products and high tech and has deep functional expertise in strategy, innovation, organization, performance improvement and operations. David van der Does holds a Master’s of Law from Leiden University (Netherlands) and an MBA from INSEAD Fontainebleau (France).
Katrin Vernau (39) is a new Partner and Dean of the Roland Berger School of Strategy and Economics. Katrin Vernau worked for Roland Berger for more than five years in the Civil Economics Competence Center and then had her own consulting company. Prior to rejoining Roland Berger, she was CFO of the University of Ulm and then of the University of Hamburg. She is Member of the Supervisory Board of the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (Germany) and the University of Bonn (Germany). She studied at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) and at Columbia Business School in New York.
David Ye (33) joined Roland Berger in 2005 and is now a Partner in the Civil Economics Competence Center in Shanghai. He focuses on the public service sector, advising local governments, and also works with real estate developers, multi-business enterprises and investors. David Ye specializes in greenfield development, industrial zone management, infrastructure and mega-events. He holds a Bachelor of Economics from Fudan University Shanghai (China), a Master of Management from Shanghai Jiaotong University (China) and an MBA from the University of British Columbia (Canada).
Promoted to Senior Partner
Tobias Plate (40) joined Roland Berger eleven years ago as a consulting specialist for strategic realignment, restructuring and corporate finance. He has advised several global players as well as SMEs in numerous industries. In 2007, he joined Roland Berger’s Middle East team in Bahrain, becoming a Partner in 2011. Tobias Plate holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Applied Sciences Heidenheim (Germany) and a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Mannheim (Germany).