McKinsey appoints Coke’s VP Digital Sales

After 11 years at Coca-Cola Mark Elkins has joined McKinsey as a Partner in the London office. He returns to consulting after working with Marakon Associates earlier in his career.


Advertisers turning to Consulting Firms

Advertisers have traditionally looked to advertising agencies and not consulting firms to improve their performance. However, the data and analytical offerings of the major consulting firms are now competing with the creative prowess previously attributed only to advertising agencies. In fact, it is clear that this is just one of the areas in which the traditionally narrowly focussed consulting firms are extending their services, with creative and design teams growing in many of the top consulting firms, potentially creating some strong competition for the advertising agencies.


More MBAs into FinTech

The FT highlights the increasing number of MBA graduates attracted to the FinTech sector. MBAs have long been willing to sacrifice salary for the freedom and potential of start-ups, with fintech and of course tech companies more broadly providing exciting opportunities for MBAs.


Diageo Strategy Chief Jim Grover joins KPMG

Accountancy Age has reported that former Diageo strategy director Jim Grover has joined KPMG as a senior adviser to its consumer markets team.

Grover had been a member of Diageo’s Executive Committee since its formation in 1997, following the merger of Grand Metropolitan and Guinness.   Prior to joining Grand Metropolitan in 1993 he spent twelve years in consulting, initially at Booz Allen and Hamilton and subsequently at OC&C Strategy Consultants, where he was a partner and spent most of his time advising consumer goods companies.


KPMG Announces Appointments

KPMG has announced the appointment of Navdeep Arora and Justin Balcombe to their insurance advisory practice.

Navdeep Arora joins from McKinsey where he was a senior partner and is now leading KPMG’s insurance strategy practice

Justin Balcombe has joined as UK head of general insurance consulting, having been previously based in Dubai where he led Ernst and Young’s MENA insurance group.

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