Munich,Frankfurt: Europe's biggest strategy firm, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, has appointed three new Partners in China, Russia and Belgium. Three Partners in Germany are promoted to Senior Partner.
Roland Berger says of its new partners:
Dereck Ji (47) joined Roland Berger in 2010 and now leads Roland Berger's Government & Public Competence Center in Greater China. He has over 20 years of experience in consulting and industry, particularly in urban planning, regional economic development, industrial clusters and sustainable tourism. Dereck Ji has supported many governments and corporations and is an expert in process reengineering and performance improvement. Prior to joining Roland Berger, Dereck Ji worked for PA Consulting Group and China's state-owned corporations both in mainland China and Hong Kong. He holds a BA from the University of International Business & Economics and an MBA from IMD Switzerland.
Frank Lateur (44) is a new Partner in the Brussels office with a focus on process industries in general and chemicals in particular. He joined Roland Berger in 2007 after having worked for another leading management consultancy. His functional expertise includes business and growth strategies as well as organizational design. In addition, he has managed many performance improvement programs, including cost reductions, purchasing and synergy realizations. Frank Lateur holds a master's degree in commercial engineering from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium and an MBA from the London Business School.
Maria Mikhaylenko (35) is a new Partner at the Construction, Infrastructure and Transport Competence Center in Moscow. She joined Roland Berger in 2006, working on major financial services projects. She now leads Roland Berger's Construction, Infrastructure and Transportation practice in the Commonwealth of Independent States. Maria Mikhaylenko has extensive experience in the construction and real estate industry, seaports, internal waterways, shipping and ship building, regional development and mega events. Before joining Roland Berger, Maria Mikhaylenko worked as a business development manager for the Telecominvest Group and then for a leading investment company in China, Hong Kong and Vladivostok. She studied at the St. Petersburg International Management Institute (IMISP) and holds an MBA from SDA Bocconi in Milan.
Partners promoted to Senior Partner:
Philipp Grosse Kleimann (43) has been a Senior Advisor to Roland Berger since 2010 and in 2011 became a Partner in the Automotive Competence Center. He is an expert in marketing & sales, after-sales, development of distribution networks, financial services, transformation programs, innovation and customer satisfaction. Before joining Roland Berger, Philipp Grosse Kleimann spent 15 years in the automotive industry, holding executive positions at Daimler in Germany and Aston Martin in the UK. He studied business administration in Passau (Germany) and Barcelona (Spain) and attended the Advanced Executive Program for Directors at INSEAD (France).
Thomas Kwasniok (48) has been a Partner in Roland Berger's Operations Strategy, Pharma & Chemicals Competence Center in Düsseldorf since 2007. He advises clients in the chemicals, pharmaceuticals and consumer goods industries as well as logistics providers. His focus is on making cross-functional improvements to the value chain — from product development to production and purchasing structures. Thomas Kwasniok started his career at a software company; he later joined a leading strategy consultancy. Thomas Kwasniok studied electrical engineering and operations research at RWTH Aachen University.
Kai-Stefan Schober (43) joined Roland Berger in 2001 and became Partner at the Civil Economics, Energy and Infrastructure Competence Center in Munich in 2009. Kai-Stefan Schober advises clients from a wide range of industries, including construction and construction materials, real estate, facility management and industrial services. His focus is on market entry strategies, business planning, organizational development and cost cutting. Kai-Stefan Schober is also responsible for developing the Roland Berger business in Greece and Cyprus, where he primarily works on privatizing and restructuring enterprises and transforming public services. Before joining Roland Berger he was assistant professor at the chair of marketing at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. Kai-Stefan Schober studied business administration in Nuremberg and Sevilla and has a Ph.D. from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.