BCG adds two new partners to Middle East practice

23 February 2018 Consultancy-me.com

The Boston Consulting Group has moved to strengthen its People & Organization and Energy practices in the Middle East with the addition of Yves Morieux and Andreas Kyrilis to its local partnership ranks.

In line with The Boston Consulting Group’s ongoing expansion in the Middle East over the past decade, which last year saw the management consulting firm add an office in Riyadh to its existing regional bases in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the local arm has now welcomed two new Partners to its footprint.

Joining a regional leadership team consisting of over 20 Partners, Yves Morieux and Andreas Kyrilis will be tasked, respectively, with consolidating and strengthening BCG’s local People & Organization and Energy divisions in a move to sustain the firm’s continued growth and bolster its expertise in BCG’s areas of business priority.

Drafted in from the Washington DC office, where he was a Partner and Managing Director and served as the director for BCG’s Institute of Organization, Morieux has been with the company for over 20 years, working previously in the firm’s Paris and Mumbai offices.

Yves Morieux and Andreas Kyrilis - BCG

A BCG Fellow during the past decade, Morieux is an international expert and thought leader in corporate transformation, having contributed to the development of organisational theory and advised over 500 global organisations across numerous industries on strategy and transformation, including senior executives of prominent corporations and public-sector bodies.     

Prior to joining BCG, Morieux, who holds a PhD in Industrial Marketing and a MASt in Organisational Sociology, was for a time the director of a private research and consulting practice that specialised in the application of social sciences to commercial markets, and had earlier served his consulting apprenticeship as a Project Leader at Arthur D. Little in Paris.

Andreas Kyrilis

Kyrilis, meanwhile, is a familiar face with BCG in the Middle East, having being based at the firm’s Dubai office since joining in 2009, initially working as a consultant on strategy design and implementation before climbing his way up to Principal, and now Partner, with a specialist focus in the Oil & Gas field.

Kyrilis holds a Masters in Engineering/Civil Engineering and an MBA in General Management, and has extensive experience consulting on strategy and corporate development, having led a number of high-profile projects on strategy, large-scale transformation, IPO preparation, and operational excellence during his time with BCG.

Joerg Hildebrandt, Senior Managing Partner at BCG Middle East, said of the newly named partners; “Expanding our team roster with Yves and Andreas is a value-added move to sustain our continued growth and excel in priority business areas…As Partners, they will each bring their valuable experience, comprehensive insight, and steadfast dedication to the teams of BCG Middle East.”

A little further afield in the MENA region, BCG recently announced Hamid Maher as a Partner and Managing Director for the firm’s Casablanca office in Morocco. 

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.