AlixPartners recruits two new managing directors in Shanghai

17 June 2019 2 min. read
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Global consultancy AlixPartners has added former A.T. Kearney partner Stephen Dyer as a managing director in its Greater China practice – following the earlier appointment of Jian Li.

Global business advisory and noted turnaround specialist AlixPartners has strengthened its greater China practice with the recruitment of ex-Bain and A.T. Kearney partner Stephen Dyer as a managing director in its Shanghai office – one of the firm’s four Asian outlets together with locations in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Seoul. The appointment follows the earlier managing director addition of Dyer’s A.T. Kearney colleague Jian Li.

A strategy development and operational performance improvement expert in the automotive, industrial goods and high tech sectors, Dyer crosses to his new role after two years with the Ford Motor Company as Vice President for Business Strategy in the Asia Pacific. Based out of Shanghai, Dyer joined Ford after two years as a partner with Bain & Company, before which he spent 12 years with A.T. Kearney between China and Detroit.

“It is with great pleasure that I welcome Steve to AlixPartners as we continue to expand our service offering for both multinational and domestic China companies,” said AlixPartners CEO Simon Freakley. “Steve’s 15 years leadership experience in China, combined with his market knowledge and fluency in Mandarin, will strengthen our growing team in the region.” Dyer holds an MBA and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Stephen Dyer and Jian Li - AlixPartners

Dyer will now been tasked with supporting cross-sector Chinese and multinational companies on developing growth strategies and transformation programmes while at AlixPartners, where he joins former A.T. Kearney colleague Jian Li who was appointed as a managing director in the Shanghai office in April – bringing the number of local directors to seven. Likewise a partner, Lian altogether spent 15 years with A.T. Kearney’s office in Shanghai.

An MBA holder from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, Lian specialises in operations with focus on end-to-end supply chain management, and at AlixPartners will focus on clients in consumer, retail, chemical, transportation, and logistics sectors among others. “Jian brings deep knowledge and expertise in operations management which will be of great benefit to our clients in the Asia-Pacific region and globally,” said Freakley.

The Shanghai office of AlixPartners was once at the centre of the ongoing bitter feud between the global firm and McKinsey, when in 2014 AlixPartners sued former Shanghai office head Ivo Naumann with breach-of-contract, alleging Naumann stole or deleted confidential company material upon crossing to McKinsey’s restructuring business. The case later reached an undisclosed settlement, with Naumann remaining with McKinsey in Shanghai.