Enterprise software provider Infor promotes Jonathan Wood to GM for IMEA

26 July 2018 Consultancy-me.com

Global enterprise software provider and consultancy Infor has elevated experienced digital services leader Jonathan Wood to General Manager for the Middle East, India and Africa, with an aim to double its business revenues in the region within two years.

Leading the IMEA (India, Middle East & Africa) practice from Infor’s office in Dubai – one of the firm’s two in the Middle East including a second location in Riyadh – the newly installed GM has been tasked with overseeing the New York-based tech firm’s customer-centric strategy through the enhancement of direct customer relationships and formation of new strategic alliances – while leveraging Infor’s new digital transformations hub established in the UAE.

With a view to doubling regional revenues in the next two years, Wood will also be responsible for the continued expansion of Infor provisions beyond the firm’s cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) footprint, with software solution offerings in enterprise asset and human capital management, financial management technology, artificial intelligence, and business intelligence analytics. Wood will further focus on Infor’s Channel Partner Program as a key pillar of growth.

“Infor has demonstrated an ability to deliver mission critical cloud in every industry represented across the IMEA region. Demand for our solutions is growing exponentially as businesses recognize the value of deep industry-specific functionality, out-of-the-box. Infor is collapsing traditional implementation times from months or years to a matter of weeks allowing our customers to remain focused on their core activities,” Wood said.Cloud applications consultancy Infor promotes Jonathon Wood to lead IMEAReporting to Cormac Watters, Infor’s Executive Vice President and General Manager for EMEA, Wood has since joining in 2016, led the firm’s consulting services team in Europe as Vice President, Services, based out of London, prior to which he served as a vice president for four years with SAP’s Cloud and Innovation services line in the EMEA. Before joining SAP, Wood held a number of roles, including seeing to strategic alliances for InQuira – during which time it was acquired by Oracle.

Since its founding in 2002 under the original name Agilsys, Infor has expanded through a series of private equity-backed acquisitions to be described as the largest privately-held tech provider in the world, now operating in over 170 countries with a headcount of some 16,500 employees and a global customer base pushing toward the 100,000 mark. In 2016, the firm announced the creation of its IMEA business unit, with an existing staff of 2,100 and the aim of a fivefold increase in regional market share by 2020.

“With more than 5,000 existing customers, Infor already has a solid footprint across the region, but the growth opportunities are virtually limitless,” said then General Manager Tarik Taman at the time. “India is one of the few major economies worldwide still growing near double digits, the Middle East is transforming from oil-based economies to the private sector driving large investments in the cloud, and Africa is the last economic frontier - all factors that made creating a dedicated IMEA region a compelling decision for Infor.”

As the market for digital business transformations continues to heat up in the Middle East, with Deloitte for example establishing a Digital Delivery Centre in Saudi Arabia, several firms have made key personnel appointments in the region in recent times. In May, Accenture appointed IT business executive Khaled Al-Dhaher as Country Managing Director for Saudi Arabia to help drive the firm's local digital consulting strategy, while last month Indian IT firm Tech Mahindra recruited Murtaza Adil to role of Enterprise division Country Manager for Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. 

Carlos Ghosn's daughters get their career starts in strategy consulting

16 April 2019 Consultancy-me.com

With the Ghosn affair taking yet another twist, this time concerning allegations in Oman, the world’s media remains gripped.

A highly celebrated figure in Lebanon, the case of ex-Nissan and now ex-Renault head Carlos Ghosn has captivated the media round the world, with his re-arrest and detainment in Japan on further embezzlement charges last week – this time concerning allegations in Oman – delivering the latest twist in the saga. For his part, Ghosn continues to deny the charges, labeling the latest allegations of financial impropriety as “outrageous and arbitrary”.

Much of the media fascination stems from Ghosn’s remarkable story. Born to Lebanese immigrants in Brazil, Ghosn spent much of his youth in Lebanon before moving to Paris to pursue an engineering degree – and in almost no time arriving at the very top of the global automotive industry as a feted turn-around specialist, having rescued both Renault and Nissan from probable ruin. The other factor; a cultivated lifestyle of celebrity glamour.

Front and centre in that image was Ghosn’s young family, including a son Anthony and three daughters – Caroline, Maya and Nadine – who have all grown into their own spotlight in the international business and entrepreneurial worlds. And in line with that A-list background, all three of his daughters got their career starts at the crème de la crème of the strategy and management consulting world; prestigious MBB firms McKinsey & Company and BCG.The Ghosn family affair with the international consulting sector  The eldest Ghosn daughter, Caroline, joined McKinsey in 2007 following a BA in International Relations at Stamford University – before founding professional career network Levo in 2011 with three of her McKinsey associates. Her husband, Nicholas Flanders, CEO and co-founder of carbon reduction tech-company Opus 12, (and former COO of Levo), is likewise an alumnus of McKinsey – serving for three and a half years alongside Ghosn in the firm’s New York office.

Carlos Ghosn’s second daughter got her start at Boston Consulting Group.  A regonised name in luxury fashion as the founder and creative director of Nadine Ghosn Fine Jewelry, her brand counts and Beyoncé and the recently deceased fashion icon Karl Largerfeld among its celebrity clientele. At BCG, Nadine, who also graduated Stamford, served as an associate in the firm’s luxury and consumer goods practice before joining a management programme at Hermès.

Like her eldest sister, Ghosn’s youngest daughter Maya joined McKinsey’s New York office – spending over three years there as an engagement manager before departing in 2016. Maya is now Manager, Housing Affordability for the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, founded by Mark Zuckerberg and Pricilla Chan to promote social equality. Incidentally, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, a former McKinsey consultant, has been a mentor to Caroline and also founded Leanin.org, where Maya first started out as an intern.

Carlos Ghosn’s son Anthony – who has now been embroiled in his father’s affair with accusations of money being funneled via Oman toward his financial services start-up, Shogun (where he is CEO but has not been accused of any direct involvement) – didn’t get his break at an MBB, but his step-brother, Anthony Marshi, the son of Carlos Ghosn’s second wife Carole Nahas, is a partner with BCG in New York according to French newspaper Le Figaro.