Hamid Maher partner in BCG Casablanca office, one of the firm's most diverse

23 January 2018 Consultancy-me.com

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has appointed Hamid Maher as Partner and Managing Director in its office in Casablanca. Maher is the fourth partner of BCG Casablanca – together they lead a team of 50 professionals, of which nearly forty are consultants and twelve are support staff.

Hamid Maher has been with the US-origin strategy consultancy since 2010 – he joined BCG after completing an MBA in Paris. “After my engineering studies (Maher is a graduate of the French university École Supérieure d'Électricité [Supélec]), I worked for five years as a consultant at Capgemini Consulting,” stated Maher. At the management consulting arm of French IT-services giant Capgemini, Maher was involved with large projects for leading automotive, airline, and energy companies in Europe and Japan.

Maher: “I then felt like taking up a new professional challenge, acquiring a broader business vision, and expanding my network. Without any preconceived idea on my project, I decided to pursue an MBA from INSEAD.”

Following graduation, Maher joined The Boston Consulting Group. The consulting firm had at the time just setup its Casablanca office – today its fourth in Africa – and the newly hired consultant was, as part of the founding team, tasked with growing BCG’s footprint in Morocco and the Francophone region. “The opening of the Casablanca office, with its entrepreneurial spirit and energy, as well the quality of exchanges with BCG’ers during recruiting interviews, met my expectations perfectly.” 

Leading player in Morocco

Since, BCG Casablanca, which is based in a four-storey villa, has established itself as one of Morocco’s leading strategic consultancies, competing with the likes of McKinsey & Company (which also has an office in Casablanca), Bain & Company (the firm serves the region from mainly Paris and Lagos, Nigeria) and Roland Berger (which has strong ties in Morocco through its network among large French corporates; with the firm’s CEO being French).

Hamid Maher

BCG’s Moroccan wing works for organisations across sectors, helping them with corporate strategy / economic policy, transformation projects and digitisation. BCG on its service portfolio in the country: “BCG in Casablanca works with both private and public sector clients that face the challenges of growth, transformation, and internationalisation in every field. Our clients include high-level decision makers (CEOs and ministers) with high expectations who seek to create long-term competitive advantage. They recognise our ability to adapt international best practices to meet each of our client’s specific needs.” 

Maher added, “Other clients are multinational groups looking to be part of Africa’s emergence as an economic force. They value our knowledge of the region and our presence in Morocco, which is a natural place for them to position themselves on the continent.” 

In recent years, Maher has himself contributed to several public sector reform projects and the development of national and international champions in Morocco and Africa. He also leads the firm’s Digital & Analytics activities for Morocco and all of Africa – BCG’s other African offices are based in Johannesburg, South Africa; Lagos, Nigeria; and Luanda, Angola.

Maher becomes BCG Casablanca's fourth partner, which is led by Patrick Dupoux, who founded the Casablanca office and is also head of the African continent. Dupoux leads all aspects of the office, from sales and business development to engagements and operations, comprising a team of around 50 professionals with ten different nationalities – making the office according to BCG’s website one of the firm’s most diverse in its network, which spans 80+ offices in more than 40 countries. Founded in 1963 by the American Bruce Henderson, the consultancy has approximately 14,000 employees, generating $5.6 billion in revenues. 

Commenting on what makes BCG according to him a top employer, Maher said, “BCG provides the means to always push our reflection one step further and the opportunity to generate tangible impact. There is a culture of innovation and a will to challenge the status quo. Further, there is an environment of trust, mutual help, and empowerment.”

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.