London: Strategy consulting firm Bain & Company has selected Paul Meehan, a business transformation expert and 25-year veteran at the firm, as its new regional managing director for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Meehan will be based in Amsterdam.
Meehan will be responsible for shaping the strategy and vision for Bain's 21-office network in EMEA. He comes to his new role after a successful term of more than five years as the regional managing director of Asia Pacific for Bain, where he doubled business growth and expanded the firm's footprint in the region to 14 offices. Prior to his pan-regional leadership role, Meehan led Bain's operations in both Australia and Tokyo. He remains a leader and contributor to the firm's Organization, Results Delivery, Retail and Airline Practices.
"Paul is a seasoned and proven leader who operates with a hands-on approach--and that resonates with both our clients and our consulting teams," said Bob Bechek, Bain's worldwide managing director. "We're confident that Paul's leadership credentials and track record of success in Asia Pacific will serve our clients in EMEA well, as we continue to help senior management teams transform their businesses and return to long-term, sustainable growth in an environment that remains unstable."
Olivier Marchal, who previously held the role of EMEA regional managing director, will return to a dedicated client service role. "We thank Olivier for his unwavering commitment to our clients, his leadership and extraordinary dedication to our people during a very volatile period, especially in Europe. He has helped the firm increase its presence significantly in the EMEA region, including the opening of offices in Oslo, Istanbul and Warsaw," remarked Bechek.
Meehan is replaced as regional managing director of Asia Pacific by Dale Cottrell, an Australian national and former head of Bain in Australia. Cottrell will relocate to Hong Kong.
Meehan joined Bain's London office in 1987 and then worked in the firm's Sydney, San Francisco, Tokyo and Hong Kong offices. He earned an honors degree in economics from Trinity College, Dublin.