Taco Nieuwenhuijsen joins Dubai's digital consulting network Konsälidön

09 August 2018 Consultancy-me.com

Konsälidön, a consulting industry matchmaking company based in Dubai, has brought aboard experienced customer marketing executive Taco Nieuwenhuijsen as a Managing Partner for its Customer-Centricity practice.

Based in the UAE, and helmed by former PwC and Protiviti operations consulting leader Varun Malik as Managing Director and CEO, Konsälidön is one of a number of new era ‘matchmakers’ out to disrupt the traditional consulting partnership model – which with various approaches include growing names such as Talmix, SkillBridge and Comatch – the latter named Germany’s tenth fastest growing digital start-up earlier this year.

Essentially, the digital match-making model for partnering organisations with individuals or teams of consultants seeks to streamline the process of obtaining pre-screened expertise for clients and at a far lower cost, while also improving the take-home rate for freelancing consultants. In the words of Konsälidön: “Our platform enables us to operate an agile, decentralised and distributed global consulting firm with very low overheads – which means that our clients see only senior experts and lower charge-out rates.”

As a win-win for consultants and clients alike, it’s easy to see why the digital consulting network model is growing. For Konsälidön, which works with business clients from 15-plus sectors, that growth has translated to a network of more than 500 senior advisors in its first year and over 200 consulting teams – with the aim of accelerating that figure to 4,000 over the next five years. Together, the budding platform’s current roster of consultants can already boast cumulative experience on more than 6,000 consulting projects.Taco Nieuwenhuijsen joins Dubai's digital consulting network KonsälidönAnd as Konsälidön gears up for ongoing and rapid growth, the Dubai-headquartered company has welcomed aboard the both globally and locally experienced marketing and business executive Taco Nieuwenhuijsen as its new Managing Partner for Customer-Centricity – responsible for growing the practice in the areas of strategic planning, digital solutions and market entry and growth endeavours, underpinned by customer-centric drivers.

Nieuwenhuijsen comes to Konsälidön with a stacked and impressive resume, previously serving as the Group Commercial Director at engineering professional services firm Dar Al Riyhad in Saudi Arabia, before which he acted as the Vice President of Global Marketing for Qatar Airways. Earlier, he spent nearly twelve years in various international marketing leadership roles with Dutch airline KLM, ultimately as the global Director for Loyalty & Customer Relation Management.

More recently, Nieuwenhuijsen served as the interim CEO of Batuta.com, the Arabic-language short-term accommodation answer to Booking.com in the Middle East, and is the founder and CEO of Encompass Marketing Services (EMS), a boutique Dubai-based consultancy geared at organisations keen to enhance their customer focus through the implementation of customer-centric principles from the strategy and planning stages to end user experience.

With the conception and implementation of a number of other successful internet start-ups under his belt, Nieuwenhuijsen’s combination of digital entrepreneurialship with a customer-focused ethos appears a good match for Konsälidön. “The common denominator of my endeavors has been a genuine marketing philosophy based on a deep understanding of the Customer Experience Journey,” Nieuwenhuijsen states on LinkedIn. “I am tenacious about the usage of convergence platforms and customer insights to enhance the customer experience, organisational agility, and operational excellence.”

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.