Roland Berger appoints Richard Paton as Partner in Middle East

24 April 2018

Roland Berger has added Richard Paton as a new Partner in the Middle East. The appointment comes amid an increase of the company’s activity in the region and aims to strengthen the Middle Eastern team.

The international strategy consultancy firm has three offices in the region, in Beirut, Lebanon; Manama, Bahrain and in Dubai, UAE – all three offices were opened in 2011. Paton has joined the Bahrain office, which is located in Almoayyed Tower. The company says Paton has a mandate to enhance the firm’s infrastructure, public sector and defence practice across the Middle East.

The firm has, according to Kushal Shah, Managing Partner for the Middle East at Roland Berger, been growing quickly in the Middle East in recent years, expanding its headcount to keep up with growing demand for its services. Shah said: “Our Middle East practice is going from strength to strength, and we are delighted to be growing our team further by onboarding Paton as partner.”

Paton attended Edinburgh University where he acquired a a Bachelor after which he received an Master in Economics from Heriot Watt University. He began his career as an assistant economist in the UK Governments Energy Policy and Analysis Director and has worked in multiple government and private sector positions since.Richard Paton, Partner - Roland Berger“Having previously been involved in the largest PPP transactions across the Middle East – including three airports, nuclear and renewable financing projects, school and hospital PPPs – he brings a wealth of experience as well as an innovative commercial approach, balancing government risk with private sector funding,” remarked Shah.

Paton brings with him over 20 years’ experience in financial analysis and consulting and has spent the past eight years working in the Middle East. Most recently Paton has served in multiple roles for consulting firm KPMG including as Head of Infrastructure Advisory, Middle East and South Asia and as Head of PPP and public-sector strategy in Saudi Arabia. Additionally, Paton has worked for and advised the Singaporean and Saudi Arabian governments.

“I am delighted to be joining Roland Berger. Their mix of entrepreneurship, innovation and depth of expertise provides an excellent platform from which to deliver exceptional advice to our clients,” said Paton commenting on his appointment.

Roland Berger was founded in 1967 and is the largest global consultancy with German heritage and of an European origin, ahead of the likes of Simon-Kucher & Partners, Q_Perior, KPS and The firm, which an independent partnership owned exclusively by its 220 Partners, has 2,400 employees working from 36 countries across 50 offices located in the key global business hubs. 

In Bahrain, Roland Berger recently joined Bahrain FinTech Bay as one of the founding partners. Meanwhile, earlier this year, The Boston Consulting Group added two new partners to its Middle East roster of partners – Yves Morieux and Andreas Kyrilis – and late last year Strategy&, the strategy consulting arm of PwC, added two new partners to its leadership in the region: Frederic Ozeir and Marwan Bejjani.

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.