Timothy Wood joins KPMG Lower Gulf as head of cybersecurity practice

06 September 2018 Consultancy-me.com

KPMG Lower Gulf has appointed former BAE Systems general manager for the Middle East Timothy Wood as its new Head of Cyber Security, with Wood made an Associate Partner.

The Lower Gulf branch of Big Four firm KPMG has bolstered its burgeoning Advisory practice with the key appointment of new associate partner Timothy Wood as its Head of Cyber Security, to be based in Dubai and covering the territories of Oman and the UAE which constitute the local arm’s operations.

Wood is the former Middle East Regional Managing Director of BAE Systems Applied Intelligence – the business and tech consulting line of the British multinational defence, security, and aerospace giant BAE Systems – where he joined as a director in 2012 and spent nearly seven years before crossing to KPMG last month.

Altogether, Wood has gained over 20 years of experience in the technology industry across the UK, Europe and Middle East – earning a Masters’ degree in Physics with 1st class honours from the University of Nottingham in 1998 and having since worked with high-level public and private sector clients to deliver complex tech solutions.Timothy Wood - Head of Cyber Security at KPMGAt KPMG Lower Gulf, Wood has been tasked with leading cyber security and technology governance in the UAE and Oman, and will draw on his strategic expertise in cyber security, cyber-crime and personnel security programmes – having previously served the government, law enforcement, oil & gas, telecommunications and financial services sectors.

Wood’s appointment comes at a time when both the cyber-threat is heating up in the region along with competition among consultancies for the cybersecurity dollar. Recently, a global report from Accenture’s intelligence arm Accenture Security iDefense cited Iran as a growing threat to international cybersecurity, with regional foes including the UAE in the cross-hairs.

Meanwhile, both local governments and advisories are ramping up their cyber-defence capacities. Saudi Arabia has only recently inked deals with all of Kaspersky Labs, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin and Booz Allen Hamilton to boost its cyber capabilities, while EY, for example, late last year launched an advanced multi-million dollar regional cybersecurity centre in Oman.

While at BAE Systems, Wood was previously involved in a programme to train UAE government officials in cyber-defence, noting at the time the already growing threat to government agencies, with 24 in the Arabian Gulf occurring in 2012. “Out of these attacks, the vast majority are espionage attacks, where sensitive data is being targeted for theft,” Wood said at the time.

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.