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New York: Strategy consulting firm Bain & Company has made a series of senior international appointments in its Oil and Gas and Healthcare practices.

  • Luis Uriza has been named head of Bain's EMEA Oil & Gas Practice
  • John McCreery will lead the firm's Asia Pacific Oil & Gas Practice
  • Jorge Leis is now head of Bain's Americas Oil & Gas Practice
  • Karan Singh has been named head of the firm's Asia Pacific Healthcare Practice

All four appointments take immediate effect.

Bain says its work with oil and gas interests has quadrupled in the last four years and covers all facets of the industry — government and national oil companies, international majors, independents, petrochemical producers, renewable energy companies and oil field service firms, as well as private equity investors and sovereign wealth funds, in areas such as exploration and production, refining, technology, regulatory and environmental compliance, alternative energy, mergers and acquisitions, and growth and investment strategy.

Bain has expanded in recent years to meet demand, with new offices opening in Rio de Janeiro and Perth in 2011 and in Houston in 2010, and now serves the industry directly from offices in all world regions.

Luis Uriza

Luis Uriza will lead the oil and gas sector work for Bain throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa, focusing on client priorities across the region, such as upstream growth, capturing of exploration opportunities, capital project development, downstream performance, development of the gas sector, stabilisation of energy supply and fuel retail profitability. He is based in London.

Uriza is a graduate of the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia, with a degree in economics and finance.

John McCreery

John McCreery will oversee all of Bain's oil and gas consulting work with clients throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim, focusing on strategy and performance improvement throughout the oil and gas value chain.

McCreery previously worked for Shell International Exploration & Production in Europe and the Middle East in a range of commercial and technical roles.

He holds a BSc with honors in Engineering Science & Management from Durham University and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE).

Jorge Leis

Jorge Leis will lead Bain's regional expansion in North and South America by continuing to target an optimal client portfolio, invest in best-in-class capabilities, build a world-class team, and maintain Bain's leadership position with private equity investors.

Before joining Bain, Leis worked in emerging technologies in the chemical processing industries, beginning his career with Shell Oil Company. He earned an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering.

Karan Singh

Karan Singh's appointment was announced by Norbert Hueltenschmidt, Bain's Global Healthcare Practice leader.

"With multi-national healthcare companies now focusing on Asia Pacific as a key growth area, we are experiencing a substantial uptick in demand for Bain's expertise in this region," Hueltenschmidt said. "Karan's strong track record of leading teams and delivering exceptional results for our clients makes him well-qualified to lead — and expand — our healthcare capabilities in this region even further."

Bain's Global Healthcare Practice has an integrated perspective across healthcare as it advises clients from healthcare product suppliers to delivery and service providers, and healthcare payers.

Singh, who joined Bain in 1998, will continue to be based in the firm's New Delhi office. He led Bain's healthcare practice in India where the focus is on defining growth, performance improvement, organizational effectiveness, and mergers and acquisitions strategies for leading MNC and Indian delivery/service providers, as well as for med-tech and pharmaceutical companies.

Before joining Bain, he worked at PwC in the economic consulting practice and at the Brookings Institution, where he conducted economic research. He earned an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and a bachelor's degree in economics from The College of William and Mary.

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