Big Four veteran Hugo Walkinshaw joins Singapore AI firm AntWorks

04 October 2019 3 min. read

Former EY advisory partner Hugo Walkinshaw has been appointed as the Chief Partnership Officer for Singapore-based AI and automation firm AntWorks.

Singapore-based global artificial intelligence and advanced automation company AntWorks has announced the appointment of experienced management consultant Hugo Walkinshaw as its new Chief Partnership Officer. Walkinshaw joins from Ernst & Young, where he was the firm’s Asia Pacific practice leader for Life Sciences and Enterprise Transformation, before which he spent over twenty years between fellow Big Four firms Deloitte and PwC and its predecessors.

“The central pillar of AntWorks’ culture is to always challenge norms, approach problems creatively, and in every scenario, dedicate time and attention to thinking differently. Hugo inherently shares these core values and beliefs, which align him perfectly to the Colony, and to the direction we've taken for solving the Process Automation conundrum for enterprises," said AntWorks co-founder and group CEO Asheesh Mehra.

Mehra, who prior to establishing AntWorks in 2015 served for seven years as Vice President and Head of Business Process Outsourcing in the Asia Pacific and Middle East for Indian tech giant Infosys, continued; “I am supremely confident that Hugo’s addition to our organisation will create enormous value for our partners, customers and colleagues, as well as accelerating our journey to realising AntWorks' full potential in scaling out the global eco-system.”Hugo Walkinshaw, Chief Partnership Officer at AntworksKicking off his career with Coopers Lybrand Deloitte Consulting in the UK in 1991 following a Bachelor of Arts with the University of Exeter, Walkinshaw in 1995 relocated to Asia, eventually becoming a principal consultant with PwC. In 1999, he commenced a more than 15 year stint at Deloitte, over that time leading numerous practices across the region including life sciences, manufacturing, high-tech, human capital and strategy & operations.

From Deloitte, Walkinshaw joined EY, where he has served as a partner in Singapore over the past five years – in 2017 awarded an OBE  for services to UK exports and British business in Singapore, having served on the board of the British Chamber of Commerce among others. Now, Walkinshaw has been tasked with spearheading the AntWorks eco-system strategy across the organisation, including education, government and social impact partnerships worldwide.

“I am thrilled to be joining Ash, Govind [Chief Operating Officer and co-founder Govind Sandhu, formerly of Tata Consultancy Services], and the AntWorks team,” stated Walkinshaw. “The ANTstein platform is ground-breaking and it will significantly accelerate the adoption of Intelligent Automation across multiple industries and functions. The opportunity to bring my Business Transformation experience to this journey is a huge honour. I can't wait to get started.”

According to the firm, its ANTstein solution, described as the only Enterprise Intelligent Automation Platform powered by fractal science principles and pattern recognition, is also the world’s only platform that understands every data type – digitising every bit of information for a diverse range of industries and innovating new ways to automate complex processes through an “integrated, intelligent, technology stack that automates and learns independently.”