01 September, 2021

Arthur. D Little announces Middle East leadership team expansion, adding seven new Partners in its domains of specialization



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The management consultancy firm has confirmed that two Partners are through internal promotions and five from targeted hires of seasoned industry and functional experts 


Cairo, Egypt – 1 September 2021: Arthur D. Little (ADL), the leading management consultancy firm with the longest-standing presence in the Middle East, has announced the expansion of its regional leadership team with immediate effect. As a testament to ADL’s commitment to solving complex business issues, delivering sustainable business results, and further scaling its geographical presence, the firm has appointed seven Partners to join the Middle East team – with two internal promotions and five external hires. This latest announcement also reaffirms the company’s enduring principle of promoting professional growth and utilizing people skills, intelligence, and creativity to support clients and drive organizational growth. And true to its expansion plans, ADL strives to onboard highly skilled and capable Partners with extensive industry and functional expertise from around the globe – a vision once again realized through the newest leadership team members.


Thomas Kuruvilla, Managing Partner at Arthur D. Little Middle East, said: “At Arthur D. Little, a culmination of factors is behind our ability to provide innovative thought leadership and strategic thinking while upholding operational excellence. Our people form one of the most influential factors in this regard, and through them we have worked effectively for decades thanks to a forward-facing approach that entails internal development and regional expansion. By welcoming fresh perspectives and simultaneously rewarding from within, our people are inspired to be part of a collective effort that ensures we deliver differentiated strategy, innovation, and transformation expertise to all whom we work alongside and support. The coming period is one of excitement for everybody under our remit at Arthur D. Little Middle East, and we will continue to expand our presence while pursuing enriching projects.”


New Arthur D. Little ME Partners

Pierre Mariani has joined ADL's Dubai office, bringing to the Financial Services (FS) Practice almost four decades' worth of experience as a CEO, board member, and consultant across the finance industry. The Dubai office has also welcomed Dr. Hasan Shafi who, as a corporate portfolio, growth strategist, and transformation expert, is a core member of the Energy & Utilities (ENUT) and Chemicals Practices. Furthermore, Ashish Sharma is one of two new Partners joining the Telecommunications, Information Technology, Media & Electronics (TIME) Practice, amassing his industry-specific expertise in positions around the world over two decades. Andreas Buelow has also joined the Bahrain office as a member of the FS Practice and will provide his expertise in areas such as corporate strategies and holding companies' governance and operating models. Dr. Patrick Linnenbank has joined ADL’s Riyadh office, bringing to the Healthcare and Life Science (HCLS) Practice extensive work experience with a wide range of healthcare systems worldwide. Dr. Linnenbank has over 20 years of consulting experience and most recently, served as a Senior Advisor in the HCLS Practice at ADL.


Lokesh Dadhich and Joseph Salem have both been promoted to Partners at ADL. Lokesh has been with the firm since 2007, excelling in the TIME Practice as he advised telecom operators and public sector clients on complex digital operations, strategy, and transformation projects. Joseph has also had a successful 10-year track record at ADL and combines this promotion to Partner with his role as regional head of the Travel & Transportation (T&T) Practice.


Sustained growth at Arthur D. Little  

The addition of these professionals to the ME leadership team means ADL now has 19 regional Partners, which will further enable the firm to cover requirements across various industry and functional domains with support from the global internal and external networks. This also follows the regional footprint expansion witnessed in recent times. ADL now has offices in Dubai, Riyadh, and Lebanon, with the Bahrain and Qatar establishments set to open soon under the direction of a regional Partner. In addition to the support from the global network and expertise, the Middle East will also benefit from the Digital Ventures Center of Excellence established in India to support local, regional, and global operations.


Partner promotions and additions aside, ADL is equally committed to providing up-and-coming talent with career opportunities in consulting. Over the last three years, over 50 new consultants have been welcomed from leading universities, each with differentiating entrepreneurial experience to support activities in several verticals. Efforts in this direction have boosted operations aimed towards advancing business strategies, presenting pragmatic recommendations for implementation based in part on a success fee model, and leveraging digital, data analytics, and innovation capabilities to bolster go-to-market approaches.