German energy advisory firm innogy consulting launches in US market

24 May 2018 Consulting.us

A leading energy-focused management consulting firm with roots in Germany is expanding its US presence. Innogy consulting has appointed one of the industry’s leading advisors as the Founding Partner of its US subsidiary – as the firm takes aim at the largest and most lucrative energy market on the planet.

Dr. Glenn George, who has three decades of experience working as a consultant in the global energy sector, has been chosen to help deliver innogy consulting’s ambitious strategy to conquer the lucrative US market. The firm was a central player in Europe’s energy revolution and will count on its substantial experience with renewables, grids, and other infrastructure as it bids to attract US clientele.

The appointment marks a major milestone for the firm, which only entered the US market in late 2017. With ambitions to become the world’s leading energy management consultancy, innogy has already expanded its footprint to the Middle East. Each of its 200 consultants can count on the collective knowledge of 40,000 energy experts at the wider innogy group. The firm is an in-house consultancy also responsible for the innogy group’s M&A strategy.

Projects taken on by innogy consulting range from future-proofing utility companies against a changing energy landscape, to restructuring, process optimization, and change management services. This makes the firm a perfect match for George, who was a former Partner at KMPG’s Advisory Practice and Managing Director at NERA Economic Consulting – part of the Oliver Wyman Group.

German in house consultancy innogy consulting expands into US

“I'm delighted to join innogy consulting as the first Founding Partner in the United States,” said George. “It’s the culmination of three decades of work in the global energy sector, some two-thirds of which I've spent as a consultant to the industry, across the entire value chain.”

“My professional focus in recent years has been on helping utility companies transform themselves into greener, more customer-focused, and technology-enabled organizations – providing the strategic, transactional, regulatory, dispute-related, and operational support they need along the way. Innogy consulting is the ideal platform for delivering this kind of work.”

Oliver Riedel, Managing Director of innogy consulting US, said: “innogy consulting has helped catalyze, shape, and deliver the ongoing energy transformation across Europe and the Middle East. Glenn’s arrival will help cement the same kind of capabilities in the North American market.”

“The US energy market is the largest and most dynamic in the world. Strengthening our presence in North America is central to innogy consulting’s strategy for future growth. Glenn’s joining the firm is an important milestone in strengthening our presence in the US.”

George will work out of innogy’s Boston office, providing essential support to clients in New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC and elsewhere when needed. He will work closely with teams scattered around Europe and the Middle East as the firm looks to stay abreast of the latest developments not only in the energy sector, but in the digitization and growing deep tech space.

Related: innogy Consulting: in-house consultancy firm supporting the energy transition.

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US tech consultancy Slalom to open Manchester office

19 April 2019 Consulting.us

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.