Roland Berger boss shares interview insight for EMIR web-series

20 March 2019

Roland Berger Middle East boss Rene Seyger has shared his thoughts on the key question for interviewers in a video for EMIR Boardroom – an exclusive markets intelligence & research network for senior executives in Dubai.

Established in 2013 by current CEO Trevor McFarlane, a former editorial manager for the Oxford Business Group across Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE, the intelligence & research firm EMIR (Emerging Markets Intelligence & Research) serves the CEOs of multinational companies and family conglomerates – providing them with local market intelligence, governmental insights, and high-level networking connections.

Among its offerings is EMIR Boardroom, an exclusive membership platform described as the most influential corporate intelligence network of CEOs and government officials in the Middle East and Africa, with its signature event a quarterly media-free private intelligence briefing in Dubai. Nevertheless, the public can still get a small peak behind the doors through EMIR’s ‘Successful Perspectives’ web-series, which features insights from leading local execs.

In the latest video in the series, which has in past featured tips and insights from among others JLL Middle East & Africa CEO Thierry Delvaux and former Facebook MENA managing director Jonathon Labin (who was replaced by ex-Booz & Co. executive Ramez Shehadi last year), Roland Berger’s newest regional managing partner Rene Seyger outlines what he considers the single-most important question for interviewers; ‘why change?’Roland Berger boss shares interview insight for EMIR Boardroom web-series “The must-ask question is very simple; why change?’ Why do you want people to join?” says the Roland Berger chief. “For me, the essence is that there is a lot of personal development in it for them. That they can step up to their own level. People who cannot articulate stepping up to the next level themselves, they will not be able to follow. They will also not be able to lead the kinds of teams they will be leading.”

Seyger continues: “So, for me, having a genuine personal development plan in the next step of their career is vital. I truly believe, and look at all the books which have been written about good teams and great teams, it is about having motivation. If people are motivated and know where you are going then ultimately they will follow. But also, they will be able to make their own decisions in line with where you’re going.”

While directed at interviewers, the words of the Roland Berger boss naturally provide a critical insight for prospective candidates as well, with EMIR’s content-editor Muhammad Ashraf further noting that the importance of a personal development plan extends beyond the professional to the personal – allowing job-seekers to better determine the appropriate company and cultural fit for them. Incidentally, Roland Berger currently has consultancy openings across its Dubai, Beirut and Manama offices, for all levels of professional experience.

Beyond Seyger’s key criteria, the firm more broadly states a number of what it considers its stand-out aspects, ideally reflected in a candidate’s profile; an innovative mind-set, grounded and pragmatic, entrepreneurial, empathetic, inspired, expert and diverse. But above all, the firm says, it’s looking for personality. “Being a true individual – your own person – takes character, strength and integrity. Exactly the qualities that make an exceptional consultant.”

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

16 April 2019

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, 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.