Meghann Kelley leaves Deloitte to join law firm White & Case

11 April 2019 Consulting.us

Meghann Kelley, formerly Deloitte’s legal management consulting leader, has left the Big Four firm to join international law firm White & Case, where she will assume the role of global director of strategic initiatives.

Much has been made of the Big Four’s incursions into the legal profession, as they seek to provide an ever expanding one-stop shop for business needs – a Walmart of the professional services world where you can pick up some marketing services when you initially drove over to have some new enterprise resource planning software implemented.

The Big Four have expanded their global attorney headcounts into the thousands, and are eyeing the further growth of their legal divisions. At stake is a potential $30 billion boost to their revenue via legal services.

Some of the large, international law firms have, in turn, responded by getting into the consulting industry. Allen & Overy last year launched a regulatory consulting business, invading the sector of advisory firms like FTI Consulting. Hogan Lovells, meanwhile, opened a "solutions" division to advise on cybersecurity, communications, and economic valuation. This trend means that law firms will increasingly suck in MBAs and techies in addition to their roster of JDs, as they broaden their offerings to head off some of the value proposition of Deloitte, PwC, EY, and KPMG.Meghann Kelley leaves Deloitte to join law firm White & CaseNew York-based White & Case has also expanded its offerings into consulting areas, delivering data, privacy and cybersecurity services, as well as project development and finance consulting. “When we work with our clients on these projects, we provide more than just international and, in many cases, local legal advice,” states the firm’s webpage for its project development practice. We provide business, strategic, and cultural advice in assisting our clients in structuring, negotiating, and documenting the full array of project and financing agreements tailored to each client's needs and the customs of the local jurisdictions.”

Legal giant White & Case has more than 2,000 lawyers and 4,500 total employees in 25 countries Previously, Deloitte’s legal management consulting leader, the addition of Kelley will bring deep legal consulting insights from 15 years spent at one the Big Four’s foremost firms.

Kelley was also previously the chief strategy officer of Deloitte’s tax and legal practice in the UK. Prior to that, she served as strategic priorities leader in the practice. 

The high-profile recruitment was conducted by executive search firm The Alexander Group. The search was completed by managing director John Lamar and director William Lepiesza.

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Maine Pointe promotes Mark McTigue to executive vice president

24 April 2019 Consulting.us

Two years into his role, Maine Pointe has promoted Mark McTigue from vice president to executive vice president.

At Maine Pointe, McTigue has a specific focus on the private equity industry and has helped several of the firm’s private equity clients boost their returns on portfolio companies. “His skills and insights have proven essential in helping clients achieve unparalleled levels of competitive success,” said David Jadwin, who leads Maine Pointe’s business development activities.

McTigue joined the international supply chain and operations consultancy in early 2017, bringing more than 25 years of experience in sales and marketing, supply chain management, and consulting to the firm. Most recently, he served operations consultancy The Highland Group as a senior partner, and was EVP of business development in North America for Alexander Proudfoot – another operations specialist. 

During his more than 15 years in consulting, McTigue has worked with a variety of clients (Fortune 1000, mid-market companies, and start-ups) across multiple industries, spanning consumer packaged goods, industrial products, chemicals, food and beverage, automotive, oil and gas, financial services, high-tech, hospitality, and logistics.

McTigue specializes in helping executives and senior managers design and implement operational excellence programs across the end-to-end supply chain – allowing them to drive more than a billion dollars in sustainable EBITDA and cash improvements.

“Mark has been instrumental in driving supply chain optimization and surpassing clients’ targets for growth,” Jadwin said. “He has also played a key role in positioning Total Value Optimization [Maine Pointe’s approach for creating end-to-end shareholder value across the entire supply chain] as one of the most important business methodologies.”

Maine Pointe promotes Mark McTigue to Executive Vice PresidentMcTigue frequently publishes thought leadership pieces in high-profile business management publications, including The Innovation Enterprise, where his article "The effectiveness of operating resources in creating incremental value" examined the importance of value creation and how private equity firms have diversified their roles. In a recent article on Consultancy.org, McTigue and Maine Pointe’s Michael Kirstein discussed the role analytics plays in helping private equity improve due diligence.

His appointment comes at a time when private equity firms are investing more than ever, though are simultaneously struggling to translate these investments into equity. “We often see a value gap between targets for cost reduction, cash flow, and growth and the actual value derived from an acquisition,”  McTigue said, referring to a study conducted by Maine Pointe last year among executives in the private equity industry.

“In my new role as executive vice president, I will continue to help our private equity clients achieve success in the face of their challenges.” 

Earlier this year, Maine Pointe in the US appointed Rex ClothierJanice Pinson and Mary Lyons to senior roles. Globally, the consultancy has offices in Asia and Europe.