AlixPartners and Point B open new offices in Texas

07 October 2016

Management consultancy AlixPartners has opened a new office in Houston, Texas – its 9th in the US and 25th worldwide. The new office improves the firm’s ability to service regional clients, particularly those from the troubled Oklahoma/Texas energy sector. Becky Roof will lead the new hub, bringing 18 years of consulting experience to the role. Meanwhile, Point B – a Seattle-based management consultancy – has opened a new office in Austin, Texas. The new office will be headed by Kelly O’Rourke, and increases the firm’s US footprint to 10 offices.

NYC-based AlixPartners has worked with Texas regional clients for a number of years, and according to a spokesperson from the firm, the new office will boost the firm’s regional presence while enhancing its advisory offerings in restructuring, forensics, digital-transformation, and organizational services.

AlixPartners, a management consultancy founded in 1981, employs 1600+ people and has been involved in numerous bankruptcy turnaround assignments, including those of Kodak, Saab, and JC Penney.

AlixPartners opens new office in Houston Texas, its 25th globally

The new office will launch with 25 staff, including office head Becky Roof, an AlixPartners Managing Director who has been with the firm for 18 years. Additional Managing Directors at the new Houston office will include Bill Ebanks, David Hindman, and Larry Young. The Texas hub will also boast 12 Directors.

Simon Freakley, CEO of AlixPartners, commented, "AlixPartners prides itself on being a truly global firm, and the opening of our Houston office is another important stage in our ongoing growth. Texas has long been an important region for us and we are excited about the continued opportunities in the market. We look forward to working with both existing and new clients, making a difference when it really matters, in the years ahead.”

Freakley says that the energy industry will be particularly targeted by AlixPartners – more than 3,000 energy and oil & gas companies are headquartered in the region, with considerable demand for transformation services expected in the coming period because of unfavorable market conditions – principally the low price of oil.

Office head Becky Roof added that the firm is "thrilled” to be further building up its presence in Texas: "Houston plays a key role as home to numerous leading businesses, in many sectors and with diverse needs. AlixPartners' deep expertise across a wide range of industries, including energy, makes us uniquely placed to drive real change for companies in this region."

Point B opens office in Austin

Management consulting, venture investment, and property development firm Point B has opened a new office in Austin, Texas. The office, the firm’s 10th in the United States, will enhance its ability to deliver financial, technology, retail, and healthcare advisory services to local clients in Texas. The new office will leverage the firm’s wider network of 600 staff across the country.

Point B’s new Austin office will be located at One Eleven, a premier high-rise at 111 Congress Ave owned by Parkway Properties. The office will be headed by Kelly O’Rourke, who will be responsible for developing the strategic direction of the new hub, as well as leading client engagements. O’Rourke is an Austin local who has worked in the region for more than 15 years.

Point B opens new office in Austin, Texas, its 10th in US

O’Rourke joined Point B in 2014 as Principal in the firm’s Project Leadership Services practice. Previously, O’Rourke was a Director at National Instruments’ Global Business Analysis and Solutions division for 8 years; before that, he and was an IT Section Manager at the company for two years. Earlier in his career O’Rourke was a Senior Manager in Accenture’s Financial Services practice. O’Rourke holds a BSc in Finance from the University of Illinois.

Reflecting on the opening of the new Austin office, O’Rourke said, “Point B is known for getting the right things done right. Our local model – local consultants helping local companies – coupled with the ability to tap into industry experts across our firm’s more than 600 people, puts us in a great position to immediately drive value for organizations in Austin.”

The Austin team will initially be composed of six consultants; O’Rourke expects to double the headcount by the end of 2016 and increase the office to about 20 employees by the end of 2017.

In related news, Slalom Consulting opened their first hub in the Texas region in 2014, while PwC opened its fourth Texas office in 2015. Meanwhile, HR consultancy Mercer closed down one of its two Houston offices in May of this year.

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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.