Ipsos Business Consulting appoints Per-Henrik Karlsson to head of Singapore

09 August 2018 Consultancy.asia

Ipsos Business Consulting has named Per-Henrik Karlsson as its new head in Singapore, following a six-year stint in the corresponding role in Korea.

The global market research agency Ipsos has appointed Per-Henrik Karlsson to head up its Business Consulting practice in Singapore – one of its 20 business consulting hubs worldwide. Karlsson has been with Ipsos and its acquired predecessor Synovate since 2004, starting off as a business development manager in Korea after switching from the hospitality and tourism sector.

Prior to its £525m acquisition by Ipsos in 2011 (at the time creating the world’s third largest market research firm), Karlsson went onto serve as Synovate’s Business Development Director for Central Eastern Europe and the Middle East based out of Dubai, before returning to Korea as the local head of Ipsos Business Consulting – responsible for the branch’s establishment.

After six years heading up operations in Korea, Karlsson has effective from the beginning of July crossed to the equivalent role in Singapore, where he’ll be tasked with overseeing the firm’s growth and market entry offerings in one of the business world’s most important strategic centres – a move that has been described as a relaunching of its local practice under new leadership.

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Peter Snell, Ipsos Business Consulting’s Global CEO said; “I have known Pelle (Per-Henrik) for many years and seen his excellent work in growing practices in the Middle East and South Korea. We are fortunate to have someone of Pelle’s calibre, a very experienced professional, with a record of accomplishment of leading teams that provide market leading advisory services to clients around the world.”

Karlsson responded in kind; “I’m very excited about the challenge of leading the Ipsos Business Consulting offering in Singapore and helping to grow the team, and the client base, here. Having worked with Ipsos in the Middle East and Korea I have seen how the company’s consulting offering helps clients to improve both the top and bottom line… I look forward to working with our existing and new clients based in Singapore and growing the Singapore.”

Ipsos, which in addition to Singapore and Korea has Asian offices in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, and multiple sites across China, has had an active presence in Singapore since first establishing the business in Hong Kong nearly a quarter of a century ago in 1994 – working across numerous sectors including healthcare, energy, automotive, construction, industry, media, travel, and retail.

“I believe that our methodology is best suited to those clients that are looking for help uncovering blue ocean opportunities, as opposed to the red ocean type of reporting that you get from syndicated reports and consulting that places too much emphasis on data from “off-the-shelf” reports,” Karlsson said on what sets Ipsos apart. “A fundamental belief at Ipsos Business Consulting is that knowledge empowers organisations and enables them to create opportunities and generate growth.”

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Deloitte adds Richard Hayler as Disputes and Arbitration leader

16 April 2019 Consultancy.asia

Deloitte has brought in Richard Hayler as its new Southeast Asia Disputes and Arbitration Leader. Hayler crosses from FTI Consulting – continuing the recent personnel shuffle in the regional forensics space.

Following the onboarding of veteran forensics expert Jarrod Baker as its new Forensic Investigations Leader for Southeast Asia earlier this year, global professional services leader Deloitte has added another ex-FTI Consulting executive to its regional forensics practice with the appointment of Richard Hayler as its new Southeast Asia Disputes and Arbitration leader. It’s Hayler’s second stint at the Big Four firm.

Originally starting out as an auditor in the chemicals, pharmaceuticals & energy practice of fellow Big Four firm KPMG in the UK (via a five-year Technical Director role with specialist life sciences consultancy Primarius), Hayler after three years crossed to Deloitte in 2008, serving as an Associate Director for its Forensic & Dispute Services division in London, and then from 2012 in Singapore. 

From there, Hayler joined the Singapore office of FTI Consulting’s Economic & Financial practice, promoted to senior managing director at the beginning of last year. Now, like his colleague Baker, Hayler has returned for his second stint with Deloitte, after respectively four and nearly six years with FTI. Meanwhile, FTI recently added e-discovery expert Christopher Marks as a senior managing director – continuing its global raid on Ernst & Young.

“I am delighted to be returning to Deloitte rejoining old friends and being on board with a great team,” Hayler said. This is an exciting time to be back at Deloitte as the firm has made great strides integrating to serve its clients across Asia Pacific better and I look forward to being part of that success.” As of September last year, Deloitte began integrating its Asia Pacific arms into single operational unit – with a co-attendant $321 million investment committed to human capital.Deloitte adds Richard Hayler as Disputes and Arbitration Leader in Southeast AsiaHayler across his career has developed expertise in a broad range of  competencies around forensics, disputes and litigation, including complex valuations, M&A and contractual disputes, accounting irregularities; alleged misappropriation, asset tracing and fraud investigations among others – having led or advised teams multiple jurisdictions in “some of the largest and most complex cases in the last decade.”

“Having Richard in our leadership team is a strong market differentiator,” said Tim Phillipps, Deloitte’s Financial Crime Strategy and Response Network leader for APAC. “His track record and extensive experience will be critical as we continue to expand and strengthen our presence in the Southeast Asia region.  It will enhance our capacity to serve our clients, and ensure that we continue to provide clear, timely and insightful counsel.”

In addition to Deloitte, Hayler serves on the Standards Review Board of the International Valuation Standards Council, as well as being a member of the adjunct faculty at Singapore Management University’s School of Law and the Honorary Treasurer for the Board of Directors of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Singapore. He was also last year a group representative for financial & fintech business group with the local British Chamber of Commerce.

According to the firm, Hayler’s recruitment forms part of its plans to expand its forensics services in the region – a practice which has already grown substantially in recent years to include more than 125 dedicated forensic practitioners based in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, with growth driven by investment in disputes and arbitration, electronic discovery, investigations, forensic digital platforms and financial crime advisory and analytics among other areas.