BCG chair Hans-Paul Buerkner to speak at Forbes global CEO event in Thailand

25 September 2018

Former The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) Chief Executive Officer and current Chairman Hans-Paul Bürkner will feature as a guest speaker at the Forbes Global CEO Conference to be held in Bangkok next month.

Bürkner, who helmed the global operations of The Boston Consulting Group as President and CEO for nearly a decade from 2004 to 2012, and currently serves as the MBB firm’s Chairman, will join with more than 50 assembled expert speakers for the annual two-day Forbes Global CEO Conference to be held in Bangkok over the 30th and 31st of October – with some 400 global CEOs, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders set to attend.

During his tenure at the very top of the consulting tree, as the first European to be elected as the CEO for the US-based firm, Bürkner oversaw a tripling in BCG revenues, along with an additional 18 offices added to the firm’s global footprint and a consultancy headcount which more than doubled. Bürkner was also responsible for establishing the firm’s Public Sector and Sustainability practices, as well as its Insurance and Marketing and Sales segments.

Now in its 18th edition, the annual Forbes Global CEO Conference will this year focus on the theme of ‘The World Reboots’, with experts and leaders gathered to discuss the opportunities and challenges presented by the widespread disruption of rapidly emerging Industry 4.0 technologies, including the impact on how companies are built and led and strategies for leadership and sustainable development in the new era.BCG chair Hans-Paul Buerkner to speak at Forbes global CEO event in ThailandFittingly, Bürkner will join a panel session on ‘Leadership 4.0’, which aims to dissect the complex necessities for successful leadership in the modern digital landscape, with contemporary leaders required to ‘stay ahead, stay informed and stay focused, all at the same time’, while managing to ‘operate global, regional, national and even local spheres, finding how to connect and maximise opportunities across them.’

Moderated by Justin Doebele, Forbes Asia’s Executive Director for Content, Bürkner will be joined on the afternoon panel by a diverse trio of leaders, consisting of; Peter Moore, the current CEO of Liverpool FC and former senior executive with Microsoft and Sega; Mitch Garber, Chairman of Cirque du Soleil and Invest in Canada, and; Suphachai Chearavanont, CEO of the Thailand-based Charoen Pokphand Group, one of the world’s largest conglomerates.

Bürkner will share leadership insights from his a stellar career at BCG, which began when he joined the firm in 1981, then working his way up the ladder to serve as its global head of Financial Services prior to being elected as BCG’s fifth CEO since its founding by Bruce Hendersen in 1964. In his current role as Chairman, Bürkner spends his time travelling between the 46 countries of BCG’s operations to support key clients.

“We are delighted to bring the Forbes Global CEO Conference to Thailand for the first time CEO of Forbes Media in Asia, William Adamopoulos, said of the event. “Bangkok, the hub of Thailand’s economic activity and innovation, is the ideal location to host this year’s conference where our conference attendees will discuss the opportunities and challenges arising from accelerating disruption as the world reboots.”

Recently, former India head Neeraj Aggarwal took over as the chair of BCG's Asia Pacific division. 

Deloitte adds Richard Hayler as Disputes and Arbitration leader

16 April 2019

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.