Consulting firm BCG opens new office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

27 October 2015

Continuing its major expansion strategy across the Middle-East region, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has announced the opening of a new office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The new presence, which follows from the opening of offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in 2007, is the firm’s 80th office in the world. 

US-based management consultancy BCG has been increasingly active in the Middle East, particularly in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In recent times, the consulting firm has provided specialised services to a number of businesses in the region, including comprehensive business-transformation strategies, tailored to match the unique challenges of the market. 

The firm has also expressed their desire to have an impact beyond just the business community, hoping to make a social impact as well. To this end, the firm has initiated a number of impact programs that include support for young entrepreneurs who are looking to capitalise on the country’s expanding economy.

Consulting firm BCG opens new office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Now, the firm has decided to consolidate this commitment to Saudi Arabia, through the opening of a new office in the country. The office has been opened in the Olaya Towers in Riyadh. A ceremony was held for the inauguration, which was attended by Hans-Paul Burkner: Chairman of the BCG group, Joerg Hildebrandt: Managing Partner at BCG Middle East, and Abdulatif Al-Othman: Governor and Chairman of the Board of Directors st the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority. 

Commenting on the new presence, Burkner said, “Saudi Arabia is currently in the midst of a major socio-economic transformation, driven by a rising non-oil growth rate, the emergence of knowledge industries, and the opening of new markets. BCG’s 82nd office opening in Riyadh further solidifies our overriding vision, which is to fully partake in and help accelerate Saudi Arabia’s economic transition,” he said.At BCG, our role is to support the Kingdom’s diversification agenda. We will also be doing our part to contribute to creating a strong, dynamic local talent base comprising of men and women. This is done by pushing our specialized local employment initiatives to hire talent from the Kingdom after which we invest in training and mentoring our local staff.” 

Meanwhile, Al-Othman welcomed BCG to the country by saying, “I am very pleased to welcome the Boston Consulting Group to Saudi Arabia. Already, BCG has worked with both the Saudi public and private sectors on over 200 projects. But the establishment of BCG’s office in Riyadh is a very positive development in the relationship, particularly as the Kingdom continues to diversify its economy.

Global strategy consultancy CVA launches first Middle East office in Dubai

10 April 2019

The boutique global strategy consultancy Corporate Value Associates has launched an office in Dubai – to be led by 20-year consulting veteran Olivier Staub.

Global strategy consulting firm Corporate Value Associates (CVA) has launched its first Middle East office in Dubai, adding to its existing network of 17 offices across Europe, the US and Asia Pacific. The new office will be led by Olivier Staub, a strategy consulting veteran with over 20 years of international consulting and business development experience – the last 14 of those based out of Dubai.

Established in 1987, CVA has grown to a team of more than 250 advisors worldwide, serving  clients with strategy needs across multiple sectors, including energy & utilities, financial services, mining & materials, TMT, transportation and defence. Recently, the consultancy was named by Decideurs Magazine as among the top strategy consulting firms to the industrials segment in France.

The launch of its first Middle East office is a significant step for CVA, which places a particular emphasis on its global network. “We ensure that learnings from work in one country are quickly disseminated to others – best practices are transferred not just between industry practices, but also across geographies. Global staffing and training guarantee there is one global standard: the CVA standard,” the firm states.Global strategy consultancy CVA launches first Middle East office in DubaiJoined by CVA founder Paul-Andre Rabate and Paris-based partner Carole Ott for its inauguration, Staub will head up the Dubai office after a brief stint at fellow boutique consultancy Emerton, before which he served for four years as a partner with local strategy firm Novo Management Partners. Earlier in his career, Staub spent seven years with Oliver Wyman, and initially started out as a consultant with Deloitte in Paris.

Over the course of his career, Staub has amassed experience in over 20 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, with functional expertise in corporate and growth strategy, M&A and due diligence, turnaround programmes and programme management, organisational design, and corporate governance among other areas. He also co-founded e-commerce company Neodirect in Paris, serving as its business development director for three years.

Staub joins Sami Grouz in the broader MENA region, who has led the firm’s Casablanca office since the middle of last year, and will be supported in the new UAE venture by Thomas Fabbes, an Oxford graduate in Materials Science who has been with CVA’s London office since September. According to the firm, its junior consultants are ‘hand-picked’ from the only the top universities and schools around the world – with the firm currently in the middle of a recruitment drive.

CVA founder and Managing Partner Paul-Andre Rabate himself received a doctoral degree in Business Economics from Harvard University, joining BCG in 1978 before co-founding strategy consultancy Mars & Company in France the following year prior to establishing CVA. “CVA has always been a global boutique and this new office opens the door to exciting challenges in the Middle-East,” the firm stated on LinkedIn. “Olivier, we wish you the best of luck in this central region.”