Luis Cirne joins Oliver Wyman in Dubai from Delta Partners

06 November 2017

Global consulting firm Oliver Wyman has appointed Luis Cirne as a Partner in the Communications, Media and Technology (CMT) practice of its Middle East operations. Cirne, who joined the firm from rival Delta Partners, is based in the United Arab Emirates.

Luis Cirne has over 15 years of consulting industry experience, having contributed to dozens of strategic projects, large transformations and worked as direct advisor to Board members of multinationals. Prior to joining Oliver Wyman, with 4,500 professionals across 50+ cities across nearly 30 countries one of the globe’s larger management consulting firms, Cirne worked for Delta Partners, an international consultancy that specialises in telecom and infrastructure. He spent seven years with the firm, latterly in the role of partner, and previously worked for Oliver Wyman for three years.

Earlier in his career, Cirne served Portugal Telecom in an internal consulting role and DiamondCluster, a Chicago-based consulting firm that was acquired by Oliver Wyman in the summer of 2006. As part of the deal, which closed for a reported fee of around $30 million, 150 consultants to the telecommunications and high-tech industries across six offices (Paris, Munich, Madrid, Barcelona, Dubai, and Sao Paulo) transitioned to Oliver Wyman.

Luis Cirne, Partner Middle East. Oliver Wyman

Throughout his consulting career, Cirne has worked in Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa, serving mainly clients in the telecom industry, with a focus on engagements in the area of strategy, marketing, corporate finance and organisational design.

At Oliver Wyman, Cirne becomes one of the twenty six partners of the consultancy in the Middle East, according to the firm’s website. The advisory firm serves the region with three offices, based in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Riyadh. At the helm of the Middle East wing stands Pedro Oliveira, who similar to Cirne transitioned from DiamondCluster and also has a background at Portugal Telecom. Oliveira spent six years at Deutsche Bank and Santander before entering the field of consulting. 

Luis Cirne holds an MBA (Honors) from Columbia University in New York City and a degree in Economics and is based in Dubai.

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.