Roland Berger elects new partners in Beirut, Dubai and Doha

22 January 2020 3 min. read

Global management consultancy Roland Berger has added 15 new partners worldwide, including three regional promotions.

Roland Berger has admitted 15 new partners worldwide to begin the new year, along with elevating ten members globally to senior partner status. Among the promotions were Hani Tohme and Johannes Distler of the global management consultancy’s Middle East branch, based respectively out of Beirut and Dubai, while Stephan Essig has also taken the step up in Qatar. They join regional mid-year promotions Santiago Castillo and Gaurav Wadi.

Hani Tohme

Heading up the firm’s sustainability activities for the Middle East & North Africa, with a focus on renewables, waste management and circular economy, Tohme has in his second stint been with Roland Berger out of Lebanon and the UAE since 2016. After an earlier career path as a wireline field engineer, he first joined the firm for three years in 2011 – with a two-year diversion as a senior manager in the energy practice of Arthur. D. Little.   

Johannes Distler

Distler, who has been made a partner in the firm’s Dubai office, has been with the Roland Berger for over a decade, first joining in 2009 and relocating to the UAE two years later. A core member of Roland Berger’s global Restructuring, Performance and Transformation team, Distler holds expertise in performance improvement, restructuring and large-scale transformation projects, along with experience in the transportation and consumer sectors.

Hani Tohme, Johannes Distler and Stephan Essig

Stephan Essig

Essig, meanwhile, has been promoted to partner in the firm’s Doha office. The managing director of Roland Berger Qatar, Essig has been with the German-origin consultancy altogether since 2015, with an emphasis on strategy, restructuring and performance improvement. Prior to Roland Berger, Essig spent time with restructuring specialist Andersch AG (acquired last year by FTI Consulting) and briefly in a restructuring advisory role with KPMG.

Essig, Distler and Tohme are joined by further partnership additions among Roland Berger’s 35-odd country locations worldwide, including four in headquarters Germany, two in the Netherlands (the home nation of Middle East managing partner Rene Seyger), and two in the UK. The firm’s branches in the Ukraine, Singapore, France and US also welcomed one new partner, while ten were elevated to the next level across Europe, Asia and the US.

The promotions were made at Roland Berger’s regular international partnership meeting, but no word has been given as to whether there will be a shift back to a global CEO model since the departure of Charles-Edouard Bouée in the middle of last year. Currently, the firm is being headed by Global Managing Director Stefan Schaible (CEO of Germany and Central Europe) together with a management team made up of various senior leaders.