Roland Berger makes senior appointments in the Middle East

05 August 2022 2 min. read
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Roland Berger has bolstered its senior team in the Middle East with a quartet of appointments.

Joining the firm’s senior partner ranks in Santiago Castillo, who has been active in consulting for over two decades and is with Roland Berger in the Middle East for eight years.

Castillo joined the partner team early 2019, and primarily advises clients – governments, sovereign wealth funds, automotive players, technology companies and telecom operators – on growth strategies and transformation.

Santiago Castillo, Marc Bayer, Sourabh Kaushal and Mohamad Yamout - Roland Berger

Commenting on his promotion, Castillo said: “The Middle East, in particular Saudi Arabia, is undergoing significant transformation. I am excited about adding more value to our clients experiencing transformation, in my new role.”

The German Marc Bayer has been with Roland Berger for seventeen years, across two spells, and relocated to the Middle East team early this year to build the Operations Strategy unit. Bayer helps clients with operations strategy and streamlining their manufacturing operations, with a focus on the automotive and capital goods industries.

Bayer, now a director, said: “Operations is growing rapidly in importance in the Middle East. I am looking forward to shaping the industrial transformation in the region together with a strong team.”

Sourabh Kaushal and Mohamad Yamout have both been promoted to principal level.

Kaushal joined Roland Berger Middle East in 2019, having previously served goetzpartners (a German transactions consultancy) and Analysys Mason (a global telecom, media and technology specialist), and Frost & Sullivan. He has around 20 years of experience in management consulting mainly in the telecom sector across the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

“I am thrilled to join the leadership team at Roland Berger and look forward to contribute towards sustainable growth of the TMT practice in the region.”

Yamout joined Roland Berger Dubai office in July 2019 after working for several years at Kearney and Strategy&, among others. He is a member of Roland Berger’s Civil Economics & Infrastructure team, focusing on economic development and social infrastructure.

“It has been an outstanding journey for me at Roland Berger. I’m looking forward to joining the leadership team and continue this exciting journey.”

Rene Seyger, the Dutchman who leads Roland Berger in the Middle East, said that the four promotions are reflective of the firm’s “excellent growth over the past year” and demonstrate its commitment to rewarding the achievements of high-performing talent.

Meanwhile, in Europe, Roland Berger this week closed its first acquisition in three years – part of the company’s recently unveiled strategy to grow into a €1 billion consulting group.