Roland Berger India promotes Jeffry Jacob to Partner in Mumbai office

20 February 2018

German-based consultancy Roland Berger has undergone a revamping of its India operations, following the departure of Wilfried Aulbur after seven years as Managing Partner at the firm’s Indian outfit. The firm has promoted Jeffrey Jacobs, a Principal in the firm’s automotive department, to the position of Partner in the Mumbai Office, in addition to appointing Ravi Kushan as Aulbur’s replacement at the helm.

Having entered the Indian market seven years ago, Roland Berger now operates out of four offices across India. The consulting firm has established its credibility in the Indian market, and now competes with the stalwarts of the management consulting industry, such as McKinsey & CompanyBain & Company and The Boston Consulting Group.

Wilfried Aulbur, former CEO of Mercedes Benz in India, was established as the Managing Partner in India, and is responsible for the firm’s expansion into the major metropolitan cities of Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Pune. In terms of service offerings, the firm is active in heavy industries, including those in the automotive, aerospace, and defence domains.

Now, as Aulbur departs to work at a Senior position in the US, Roland Berger has not only appointed accomplished executive Ravi Kushan as his replacement, but the firm has bolstered its automotive practice with the appointment of Jeffry Jacob as a new partner, who will operate in close proximity to Kushan out of the Mumbai office. 

Strongly rooted in Mumbai, Jacob has a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Mumbai University, and subsequently obtained an MBA from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies.

Jeffry Jacob, Partner - Roland Berger

Jacob has rich expertise in Six Sigma, a body of techniques for process optimisation. As a result, he began his professional career working on operational excellence at a range of firms, including as Financial Analyst at GE and as a Manager at ICICI Bank. He then began his foray into the automotive sector.

Within the automotive domain, Jacob has worked as a Manager for Strategy, Planning and Six Sigma at global automotive firm Toyota, as well as a Manager of Business Innovation and Processes at Lexus; Toyota’s luxury brand outfit. Jacob then spent a four-year stint at the Tata Strategic Management Group, where he began as a Project Leader, ascended through the position of Engagement Manager, and was eventually appointed as Principal.

He joined Roland Berger in 2012, starting similarly as Project Manager, and then Senior Project Manager. Since 2015, Jacob has been a Principal at the firm, with a focus on the automotive domain, as well as on engineered products, high-tech chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and alternate energy.

The firm has now appointed Jacob as Partner, primarily to support Ravi Kushan in his new role as Managing Partner. Commenting on his new role, Jacob said, “the addition of these new verticals, together with Ravi's experience and leadership, will help us significantly strengthen our position in the Indian market. We will continue to leverage our global network and experience to deliver the best solutions to our clients.”

Roland Berger will be competing with other major players in India’s consulting industry, many of which are now under new leadership. Infosys recently appointed a new CEO in the country, while FTI Consulting bolstered its Strategic Communications arm, and Big Four firm KPMG appointed a new lead for Financial Services.  


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PwC appoints Padmaja Alaganandan as new Chief People Officer in India

19 April 2019

Global professional services firm PwC has appointed a new Chief People Officer (CPO) for its India practice. The firm’s Technology Lead Padmaja Alaganandan, who has been with PwC for a continuous spell of eight years since 2011, will take over from incumbent CPO Jagjit Singh.

Having graduated from the Indian Institute of Management, Alaganandan began her professional career at PwC in 2000. She joined Strategy&’s Change Consulting Practice, where she worked for three years and eventually rose to the rank of Principal Consultant before moving to Mercer in 2005.

At Mercer, she began as a Principal Consultant for Human Capital and made her way up to the position of Business Leader for Human Capital at Mercer Consulting. She rejoined PwC in 2011, and has been a Partner at the firm in addition to leading the firm’s Technology and Advisory segments.

PwC appoints Padmaja Alaganandan as new Chief People Officer in India

Her role as CPO at PwC is informed by her previous experience as a Leader of PwC’s People and Organisation Consulting practice. She takes the helm of PwC’s people management activities at a time when talent management and development is increasingly crucial in firms across India.

As firms across the country begin to digitalise, there is not only the demand to foster an environment and spirit of innovation amongst the country’s business environment, but also to equip professionals with the skills required to work in collaboration with machines and technology.

Major professional services firms such as PwC are under particular pressure to live up to these changes, given their role in facilitating the digital transformation of their clients’ organisation, which extends to the development of skills amongst their workforce.

Alaganandan has expressed the importance of fostering an enabling environment within PwC as well, specifying that “:Building a wellbalanced and inclusive workforce is key to our business. She takes over the role of CPO from Jagjit Singh, who has held the position for nearly five years now.