Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl in Beijing relocates to urban district of Tongzhou

31 July 2018 Consultancy.asia

The global engineering and design consultancy Ramboll has relocated its Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl office in Beijing to new location in the district of Tongzhou.

After a period of stable organic growth, the Beijing office of Copenhagen-headquartered global engineering and design consultancy Ramboll’s Studio Dreiseitl enterprise has set up shop in a new and contemporary office in the urban district of Tongzhou, with the Danish Ambassador to China on hand to help cut the ribbon.

With the tagline ‘catalyst for liveable public spaces that integrates natural systems’, Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl is an urban design and architecture practice focused on sustainable cities with a specialisation in hydrology and water management infrastructure for blue-green spaces.

Formed out of Ramboll’s acquisition of Atelier Dreiseitl in 2013, the consulting firm currently has offices in its home base of Germany (Hamburg, and Überlingen in the country’s far south) along with Singapore and China – the latter of which has relocated to a fresh new base.

Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl in Beijing relocates to district of Tongzhou“Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl Beijing have done a tremendous job creating a solid and profitable business in a competitive environment. I congratulate them with the new facilities, where they’ll be even closer to our clients,” said Hanne Christensen, Managing Director, Ramboll Water.

Located around 20 kilometers from the centre of Beijing, the city’s Tongzhou district is quickly developing into a new hub for both residential buildings and businesses, including being slated by the government as the capital’s primary future subcentre to help ease congestion and pollution. The subcentre has been described as a ‘water city with an emphasis on the environment’.

The Ramboll Studio Dreiseitl move has been on the cards for some time, with its local headcount swelling to 27 employees (of 80-plus globally), and the requirement of a more modern space to accommodate the firm’s growing success in China – including a previous project on the Tianjin Cultural Park southeast of Beijing.

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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.