The Segal Group adds San Francisco HR and benefits consultancy

24 January 2019

Human resources and benefits consulting firm The Segal Group has acquired Benz Communications, a San Francisco–based HR and employee benefits communications firm. The transaction is Segal’s third acquisition in the past year.

NYC-based The Segal Group provides consulting services in benefits, HR, compensation, and investment, as well as insurance brokerage services. The group’s companies include Segal Consulting, Sibson Consulting, Segal Select Insurance Services, Inc., and Segal Marco Advisors. The Segal Group employs more than 1,000 people across the US and Canada.

Last year, the firm augmented Sibson Consulting – its strategic and HR benefits company serving public and private organizations, not-for-profits, sports leagues, and higher education – with the acquisition of Touchstone Consulting. Segal followed that move by purchasing public sector HR consultancy The Singer Group, which was rolled into Segal Waters, the group’s public sector HR practice. 

The Segal Group adds San Francisco HR and benefits communications consultancy

Segal has now bolstered its strategic benefits and HR communications capability with the acquisition of San Francisco’s Benz Communications. Founded in 2006, Benz Communications supports talent-focused large employers (tech, financial services, and universities) with benefits and HR comms. Their work includes strategy, branding, website and portal creation, surveys and focus groups, vendor comms management, and multichannel comms creation and deployment.

“Our new colleagues from Benz Communications are known as strategic and creative thought leaders,” David Blumenstein, president and CEO of The Segal Group said. “Their services focus on creating modern, fresh, and engaging communications that will help our clients stay ahead of industry trends.”

Segal will combine its existing comms practice with Benz Communication to create Segal Benz. The new group will have 58 team members and offices in New York and San Francisco. Segal Benz will be led by Benz Communications founder and CEO Jennifer Benz, now a senior vice president.

The expanded comms division will afford the acquired firm’s client roster a boosted slate of offerings. “By joining Segal, we are able to expand into two important areas—personalized communications and compliance,” Benz said. “We now provide personalized statements for total rewards, retirement programs, health benefits, executive portfolios, and more. Plus, we have a team of masterful SPD [summary plan description] and plan document writers.”

Isabelle Englund-Geiger, who co-led the acquired firm with Jennifer Benz, will also join Segal as a senior vice president. Meanwhile, the leader of Segal’s former national comms practice, Randolph B. Carter, will also serve as senior vice president at Segal Benz.

“There has never been a more important time to get people engaged in their health, finances and jobs overall,” Benz said. “Joining The Segal Group will give our current clients access to expanded consulting expertise while we continue to deliver cutting-edge communications strategies.”


US tech consultancy Slalom to open Manchester office

19 April 2019

Slalom is on the move again, this time expanding its UK footprint. The American tech consulting firm has announced plans to open a Manchester office in which it will employ 200 staff by 2025. The firm, which opened a London office in 2014, was formerly known as Slalom Consulting until a 2015 rebranding.

The announcement of the Manchester move follows a January relocation of its more than 700 Chicago-based employees from its office in Chicago’s Prudential Plaza to Aon Center, the third-tallest building in the city. Slalom’s previous space at Prudential was separated between floors, causing inconvenience. The new space at Aon is a marked improvement, in addition to the sheer size difference, with the move nearly doubling the firm’s floor space. The space will also utilize hoteling (scheduled workspaces), project-based workspace, and flexible areas for events and education. Slalom also expanded into Canada in 2016, opening an office in Toronto.

Paul Squire, managing director of Slalom’s London location, will head up the Manchester office. “I’m excited about working with our clients in the North West of England, helping them to deliver people-centric change, bring strategic solutions to life, and ultimately, to love their future,” he said.

Slalom has been one of Fortune 100’s “Best Companies to Work For” for four consecutive years, and has partnerships with powerhouse organizations including Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, Microsoft, Salesforce, and Tableau. It employs more than 6,500 people in 29 offices across North America and the UK.US tech consultancy Slalom to open Manchester office“Manchester is a city of digital enterprise with a wide range of strengths across industries including manufacturing, healthcare, utilities and consumer services; which perfectly complements Slalom’s breadth of expertise,” Dave Williams, UK Country Managing Director, said. "We're looking forward to collaborating with clients to shape their internal capabilities, building a team and investing in the local community."

“Greater Manchester is a hotbed for collaboration and innovation, making it the ideal location for pioneering businesses like Slalom. There are strong complementarities between Slalom and Greater Manchester’s efforts to collaborate with companies going through digital transformation and supporting them to grow within the region. Establishing operations within one of Europe’s largest digital and technology clusters will provide the consultancy firm with ample opportunities to join forces with the rapidly increasing number of world-leading brands that are choosing Manchester,” Tim Newns, chief executive of Manchester’s inward investment agency, added.

In December 2018, the firm launched Slalom Build, a software and tech product “Build-as-a-service” offering that enables companies to build cloud-native software and tech products. While Slalom is headquartered in Seattle, Slalom Build centers can currently be found in Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, and Toronto.