Four new partners for The Boston Consulting Group Middle East

26 July 2017

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has added three new partners to its leadership team in the Middle East: Shelly Trench, Giovanni Moscatelli and César Sánchez. In addition to this, BCG has relocated Arun Bruce, an India based partner, to the region in a bid to further solidify its market position in the region.

Shelly Trench joined The Boston Consulting Group in 2009, after starting her career as a petroleum engineer with BHP Billiton and Oxy in the US. She joined the management consulting firm in the US, after which she transitioned to the firm’s South East Asia practice in 2011, and two years later, the Middle East practice. Trench, who is part of BCG’s Energy / Oil & Gas practice, has led and been involved with dozens of projects on strategy, large scale IPO preparation, sustainability, innovation, climate change and cost management. 

Giovanni Moscatelli is a core member of BCG’s Industrial Goods practice. Having worked across Europe and the Middle East over his decade-long stint with the consultancy, Moscatelli works on strategy, corporate development and operational excellence engagements, with a focus on Transportation, Logistics and Infrastructure clients in the region and beyond. Earlier in his career he worked for the United Nations, focused on international cooperation, political affairs and economic development. 

Giovanni Moscatelli and César Sánchez, Shelly Trench, Arun Bruce

César Sánchez joined BCG in 2006 in the Madrid office, and has since worked on projects across the Middle East and Europe. As a core member of the Public Sector practice area, his project experience ranges from public policy definition to implementation, government organisational excellence and service delivery. Sánchez specialises in large public sector transformations, labour market policies, welfare and social development programs. 

“Shelly, Giovanni and César have developed their experience both in the Middle East region, and beyond over a number of years, leading organisational transformation for their roster of clients. As partners, they will each bring their strong business acumen and in-depth insights to the teams at BCG,” said Joerg Hildebrandt, managing partner of BCG’s Middle East organisation.

Arun Bruce has been with The Boston Consulting Group since 2003, mainly based in the firm’s Indian offices. He transferred to the firm’s Dubai office to join the Industrial Goods and Consumer practices, bringing with him expertise in strategy, B2B sales and marketing, and operational improvement across the procurement, manufacturing, and supply chain functions. 

BCG currently has more than twenty partners in the Middle East, of which two are female: Shelly Trench and Leila Hoteit, a Lebanese national that formerly was a partner at Strategy&, formed in 2014 after PwC acquired Booz & Company.

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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.