Roland Berger promotes two new partners and senior partners in Asia

31 December 2018 Consultancy.asia

Global strategy and management firm Roland Berger has promoted two new partners in Asia, as well as elevating two regionally-based partners to senior level.

Following its recent end-of-year partners' meeting held in Singapore, the global German-origin strategy and management firm Roland Berger has elected twelve new partners worldwide, including Minoru Fukuda in Japan and Raymond Wang in China. Additionally, six current partners have been promoted to Senior Partner level, Ke Chen in China and John Low in Malaysia among them.

Operating from five bases in Southeast Asia – Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Myanmar – and a further seven offices in East Asia spread across Greater China, South Korea and Japan, Roland Berger has a particular strong footprint in the Asian region with a permanent presence dating back to 1991 (Tokyo) and projects undertaken locally as early as 1983. Permanent entry in Southeast Asia came in 2012.

Following a rocky period at the start of the decade, Roland Berger has continued to bolster its global stocks under the leadership of CEO Charles-Edouard Bouée, who was reelected along with deputy Stefan Schaible this year, and together with its new partnership announcements reported expected 2018 revenues to reach a record of approximately $685 million, up around 13 percent on the previous year – underscored by the firm’s latest partnership promotions.

“Our aim at this bi-annual meeting of our 230 Partners was to reflect on the world of 2028 and the consulting market in particular. Thanks to this collective intelligence, we derived scenarios for the future and are developing solutions for our clients that will matter tomorrow. 2018 will be an exceptional year for Roland Berger. It was time to work on the forthcoming challenges for our industry, thus securing the future of our newly elected Partners,” said Bouée.John Low, Ke Chen, Raymond Wang and Minoru Fukuda - Roland Berger

John Low

A two-decade consulting veteran and current leader of the firm’s Public Services Competence Center for South East Asia, Malaysia-based John Low has been promoted to Senior Partner after first gaining partnership in 2012. With a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of New South Wales and an MBA from Meinders School of Business, Low primarily focuses on manufacturing, digital, healthcare, hospitality and public services sectors.

Ke Chen

Vice President of Greater China and Head of its Consumer Goods & Retail Competence Center, new Senior Partner Ke Chen is a widely regarded public expert on China’s retail sector, with nearly 20 years of industry-related experience. Prior to joining Roland Berger in 2015, Chen was partner and co-lead of the Shanghai branch of Accenture-acquired management consultancy Kurt Salmon, before which he served for three years as a director with Accenture.

Raymond Wang

Also based in Shanghai, Raymond Wang leads the firm’s TMT (technology, media, and telecom) and digital solutions and transformation practice. Following a BA in Information Technology completed in 2000 (since earning an executive MBA from CEIBS as well), Wang went on to work as a consultant with Arthur Andersen and BearingPoint, spent nearly eight years as a Director at Accenture, and before joining Roland Berger in 2014 was for over two years a Project Leader with BCG in Shanghai.

Minoru Fukuda

Joining in 2007, Minoru Fukuda has been with Roland Berger’s Tokyo office for eleven and a half years, during which time he completed an MBA from the IESE Business School at the University of Navarra in Barcelona – having earlier completed a B.Com in Marketing. Fukuda currently leads Roland Berger’s Consumer Goods & Retail practice in Japan, with a focus on the lifestyle & fashion and food & beverage sectors.

Worldwide, the new partners in Asia join eight elevations in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium and two in the Middle East (Lebanon and Bahrain), as as well as those admitted throughout the course of the year, including Lars Hille in Germany Julien Nathan, Stéphane Tubiana and Sébastien Manceau in France, Jeffry Jacob in India, and Richard Paton in the Middle East. The latest round of senior partner promotions also went to Carsten Bock and Tobias Göbbel of Germany and Gillian Morris in the US.

Related: Simon-Kucher promotes Japan-based Kazuto Yamashiro to partnership ranks.

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