Simon-Kucher launches office in Shanghai, third in Greater China

23 July 2018 Consultancy.asia

Global strategy and marketing specialist Simon-Kucher & Partners has opened an office in Shanghai, increasing its footprint in Greater China to three locations.

Joining the firm’s bureaus in Beijing and Hong Kong, opened in 2010 and 2017, the new Simon-Kucher & Partners outlet in Shanghai reflects the Asia Pacific’s status as one of the firm’s fastest growing hot-spots, with local operations – including further APAC offices in Singapore, Tokyo and Sydney – helping to tip its revenues last year beyond the $300 million mark for the first time in the German-founded firm’s 30-plus year history.

“China is one of our key markets,” Simon-Kucher & Partners’ CEO Georg Tacke said of the launch. “We’ve implemented a number of projects in the greater Shanghai area in recent years. Opening another office in this global financial centre and major economic hub is the next logical step. At this location, we’ll be better able to serve our clients on site and successfully expand our business activities in China.”

Headed by Shanghai natives and Simon-Kucher Directors Jan Yang and Shengyun Lu, who will seek to leverage their many years of consulting experience and valuable regional network, the new office will focus on mobility services and the automotive, consumer goods, production, and technology industries – with the latter serving as one of the firm’s biggest growth drivers, especially in terms of the global shift towards digitalisation. So far this year, revenues are up an additional 19 percent on last year – with an equally positive forecast for the remainder of the year.Simon-Kucher launches office in Shanghai, third in Greater ChinaPointing to the Software/Internet/Media, Financial Services (Banking and Insurance), and Consumer Goods/Retail sectors as the strongest contributing domains for Simon-Kucher’s strong recent results, Tacke previously noted that, “These sectors are particularly involved in digital transformation. Many companies are seeking answers to the coming disruption. Our consulting services are in extremely high demand in this arena.”

Mark Billige, Board Member and Managing Partner for Simon-Kucher in the UK commented on the firm’s expansion: “It’s been an exciting year for Simon-Kucher so far. We’ve opened offices in Chicago, Cairo and Shanghai, and have plans to open in Mexico too… These markets provide great opportunities, and our presence means we can continue to offer our clients both the global and local support they require.”

The new office launches in 2018 take the firm’s global footprint to 37 outlets in 24 countries, together hosting more than 1,100 associates, with the Cairo addition marking its presence on every continent. A further new office is slated for Mexico in the second half of this year. As for its latest launch in Shanghai, the firm’s two local leads tasked with its development, Yang and Lu, have between them a diverse wealth of consulting experience, with Yang having been with Simon-Kucher for the past ten years and Lu joining after a five-year stint with Roland Berger.

Kantar Consulting launches retail and shopper practice in Singapore

22 February 2019 Consultancy.asia

Kantar Consulting has launched its retail, sales and shopper offering in Singapore with a trio of executive appointments.

Following last year’s launch of an advanced data and analytics research centre in Singapore under Kantar’s freshly established analytics wing, the WPP-owned firm’s growth consulting arm Kantar Consulting has now launched its Retail, Sales & Shopper practice in the city-state – bringing in a number of key hires, including David Heijkoop as director and Lies Ellison-Davis as executive advisor.

Established last year through the merger of four Kantar brands – Kantar Added Value, Kantar Futures, Kantar Vermeer and Kantar Retail (the latter which functioned as Kantar’s former retail, sales, ecommerce and shopper division) – Kantar Consulting is a specialist sales and marketing advisory serving the retail, financial services, automotive, tech and fast moving consumer goods sectors among others.

"We are creating Kantar Consulting to fulfil our ambition of bringing a deeper, more rounded consulting offer to our clients,” Kantar CEO Eric Salama said at the time of the new entity’s formation. “Alone and in combination with other capabilities, Kantar Consulting will be a core part of Kantar and WPP’s success in the future.”Kantar Consulting launches retail and shopper practice in SingaporeWith over 1,000 analysts spread across offices in Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Asia Pacific, Kantar Consulting has now announced the launch of its Retail, Sales & Shopper practice in Singapore, which will serve as the offering’s regional Southeast Asia hub and is said to have been established in response to growing demand for regionally-specific support.

To support the launch of the new retail practice, Kantar Consulting has brought in a trio of executives, including former Friesland Campina pair David Heijkoop and Lies Ellison-Davis as respectively director and executive advisor. Heijkoop and Ellison-Davis have both been at the Dutch dairy giant in Asia for more than eight years, most recently serving as Business Development Director (Heijkoop) and Global Chief Commercial Officer (Ellison-Davis).

They will further by joined by Marc Delbos joined as Associate Director, who crosses after seven and a half years with Red Bull in Hong Kong. “We are very excited to have Lies, David and Marc join the team,” said Kantar Consulting Southeast Asia Managing Partner Stephane Alpern, noting the current team of 25 brand and marketing consultants. “Their breadth of client-side experience will help us identify growth opportunities with an omnichannel lens.”

The continued market push from Kantar – including the recent launch of a second office in Australia along with a media & analytics practice in Canada – comes at a time when its owner, advertising giant WPP, is exploring options for a partial sell-off due to sustained market pressure – in part due to industry encroachment from the likes of Accenture and Deloitte. A potential Kantar sale could raise an estimated $4.5 billion for WPP.