Three new partners for South East Asian Consulting arm of PwC

24 September 2018 Consultancy.asia

PwC has appointed three new partners in its Southeast Asian management consulting wing: Shaun Ryan, Martijn Schouten and Simon Tong. 

PwC’s Southeast Asian consulting practice comprises all of the firm’s consulting units in the region, including those in Singapore, the Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia. The arm, which helps clients with services spanning strategy, operations, finance & risk, people & organisation, people & risk and technology, among others, has recently seen three new senior experts admitted into its partnership.

Two of the partners – Shaun Ryan and Martijn Schouten – were promoted from the firm’s internal ranks. The latter, a Dutchman by origin, has been with PwC South East Asia for nearly seven years, following his office transfer from PwC in the Netherlands in 2012. At the Big Four firm, Schouten specialises in offerings including business transformation, change management, leadership alignment and human resource strategy & transformation. Schouten, who earlier in his career worked for HR consultancy giant Willis Towers Watson and Dutch insurance company Delta Lloyd, currently serves as the People & Organisation service line leader for the region. 

Shaun Ryan joined PwC in the summer of 2016 as a senior advisor in PwC’s Technology practice for the Financial Services industry. Since then, the UK national has seen his portfolio grow, and today he is PwC’s Technology Consulting practice leader in Singapore and the South East Asia leader for the firm's Digital & Emerging Technology unit. This arm focuses on helping clients embracing emerging technologies such as Digital, IoT, Intelligent Enterprise, Enterprise Architecture, Blockchain, Agile and Cloud. 

Shaun Ryan, Martijn Schouten and Simon Tong

Ryan further has a global role under his belt: at the start of 2018 he was named PwC’s global head of its Intelligent Automation and Artificial Intelligence practice. “At PwC, we believe the adoption of AI and intelligent process automation is different to traditional technology transformations. We believe these technologies fundamentally challenge an organisation’s status quo – from how a business and their workforce thinks, governs and operates in the future,” Ryan explained. The expert, who previously worked for ANZ in Australia, the UK Home Office in the UK, and Avanade and Accenture in the UK, leads all delivery, client management and research of the wing. 

Singapore-based Simon Tong has joined PwC from Deloitte, where he served as the firm’s Operational Consulting Lead for Banking in South East Asia. Tong worked for around five years for Deloitte Consulting, and previously served Accenture for eight years in Singapore and Melbourne. At PwC, he will leverage his expertise in financial services – banking, insurance, capital markets, FinTechs and more – to lead its Financial Services Operations Consulting practice. Tong specialises in large scale operational transformation to enable digital growth, improve efficiency and productivity and boost regulatory compliance.

Meanwhile, across PwC’s other divisions in Singapore, the accountancy and consultancy also appointed three other partners: Thangaraja Nadaraja (Risk Assurance), TIA Siew Nam Tia (Corporate Tax) and Wanyi Wong (Financial Services).

The PwC South East Asian Consulting practice works closely together with the firm’s Australia, New Zealand and US consulting arms, as part of a joint venture agreed back in 2013. The unit is led by Neil Plumridge, Managing Partner of PwC Consulting in Australia, South East-Asia and New Zealand (ASEANZ). The former EY and A.T. Kearney partner succeeded Derek Kidley in the summer of 2014, with Kidley now serving as PwC’s US Advisory Inbounds Leader. “This joint venture allows us to take this to the next level,” said Plumridge, adding, “as we are able to share resources, capabilities and expertise across the region.”

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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.