Axys Consultants appoints ex-EY exec Alexandre Viale as head of Asia

25 March 2019

Axys Consultants has appointed consulting veteran Alexandre Viale as the new head of its Asia division.

Headquartered in Hong Kong, Axys Asia is the regional arm of Paris-based Axys Consultants – a more than thirty-year old management firm focused on business transformation, serving among others the insurance and banking, industry, media, retail, energy, automobile and transport sectors with lines in procurement, finance and performance management, digital transformation, marketing and commerce, and data and change management.

Led by director general Paul Strippe, who has been with the firm for the past 24 years, Axys Consultants has a headcount in excess of 200 specialists and last year launched a New York-based subsidiary Axbility Consulting to serve the North American procurement advisory market – part of an expansion effort which began in 2017 with the establishment of Axys Asia in Hong Kong. And now, the firm’s Asian business has a new leader: Alexandre Viale-Berthélier.

Viale-Berthélier joins the firm as a partner and Head of Asia within its digital marketing & business practice, and brings over two decades of experience at big name consulting firms, kicking off with a two year stint at A.T. Kearney in supply-chain transformation. From there, he joined Arthur Anderson Consulting in Paris – which would become BearingPoint – spending eight years as a senior IT architect at the firm before its management buyout in 2009.Axys Consultants appoints consulting veteran Alexandre Viale as head of Asia

Following his departure from BearingPoint, Viale-Berthélier spent nine years at Ernst & Young, most recently as a Director in its Financial Services Advisory division in Hong Kong – overseeing some of the Big Four firm’s largest retail & luxury, transportation, and wealth management accounts. Earlier, he had served for nearly four years as EY’s Global Operations Manager, IT Advisory Services, based initially in London before moving to Hong Kong in 2011.

“The appointment of Alexandre to our office in Hong Kong, demonstrates our commitment to support our growing portfolio of international clients and to expand the reach of our services in Asia,” said Axys Group CEO Strippe. “Alexandre’s mission will be to build a diverse and inclusive team and I trust his ability to help our team and our clients to reach their full potential.”

In addition to other Axys Consultants subsidiaries Neosight (for SAP consulting) and Axys Odyssey (concentrating on business travel optimisation), Axys Asia’s primary focus is in the areas of digital transformation, innovation, customer-relationship management (CRM) and analytics – with the firm serving clients in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Japan from its base in Hong Kong.

“I am honoured to join Axys Asia,” Viale-Berthélier said of his appointment. “The reach and impact of Axys Consultants services in France are amazing. The firm is taking a very strong international direction, supported by greatly talented consultants. I am excited to build on this strong foundation and deliver our performance improvement services to a larger set of local and international clients.”

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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.