EY-Parthenon appoints Jeff Wray as global leader

17 November 2021 Consulting.us 3 min. read
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EY Parthenon, the strategy consulting arm of EY, has named Jeff Wray as global leader. Wray, formerly EY-Parthenon’s Americas strategy leader, will remain based in New York.

In the role, Wray will focus on driving the consultancy’s global market agenda, which includes continued organic and inorganic growth amid heightened demand for strategy and transformation services in the pandemic context. EY-Parthenon saw revenue growth of 19.6% in FY21.

Wray succeeds Mitch Berlin, who will move on to the role of EY Americas strategy and transactions vice chair. 

Wray has more than 20 years of experience in management consulting, with a focus on developing strategy and driving large-scale operational change. He has significant experience in transactions, with particular expertise in the consumer products and retail industries.

Wray has been at EY-Parthenon since 2014. Prior to serving as Americas strategy leader, he was global consumer industries leader and Americas consumer leader.Prior to joining EY, Wray spent a decade at The Boston Consulting Group, where he was a partner and managing director. Before that, he spent five years at Kearney, where he was a principal.

Wray holds an MBA from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Miami University.

"I am energized to build on the extremely strong position of EY-Parthenon and lead the business to the next level of growth,” Wray commented on his appointment. “EY-Parthenon teams will be laser focused on addressing the real-world issues, opportunities, and challenges CEOs now face.”

The strategy firm also announced the appointment of London-based John van Rossen as global co-leader, with a focus on operations. Van Rossen has more than 20 years of management consulting experience specializing in transactions support for private equity and technology, media, and telecom (TMT) industry clients.

He has been at EY since 2006, and most recently served as EY’s strategy and transactions leader for Benelux and France. Before joining EY, van Rossen was a director at KPMG.

"These appointments will strengthen the EY-Parthenon global leadership team and help to build further market momentum enabled by world-class operations,” said Andrea Guerzoni, EY Global vice chair of strategy and transactions. “EY Parthenon has ambitious growth plans underpinned by continued investment around the world as the business looks to attract and develop more high-performing talent.”

The firm says it will be making “significant investments” in its ESG capabilities and digital, technology, and strategy execution. Those investments include “ambitious recruitment plans globally,” according to a release from the firm.

EY-Parthenon is the fifth largest strategy consulting organization by revenue, with more than 7,000 professionals and 750 partners across EY member firms globally.

The firm earlier this year acquired CMA Strategy Consulting, a TMT specialist firm with approximately 65 people in Boston, San Francisco, and London.