New appointments in technology, healthcare and manufacturing at PA Consulting Group


Martin Smith has been appointed Head of the Technology and Healthcare Group (THG) at PA Consulting, and Engelbert Wimmer has been appointed Head of PA Consulting Group's Manufacturing Industries Practice.

PA Consulting Group, the leading international management, systems and technology consultancy, has appointed Martin Smith as successor to Alec MacAndrew, who retires in July 2008. As the new Head of PA’s Healthcare & Technology Group, Martin will build on his seven years’ experience as Senior Partner, and ten years’ experience as a Member of PA’s Management Group.

Graduating in Geophysical Science from Southampton University, Martin’s early career was spent in Energy, IT and Finance, before joining PA in 1998. PA assignments include devising and implementing major outsourcing, performance improvement, customer service improvement and global supply change management strategies, most recently as head of PA’s Manufacturing practice.

Martin has already worked extensively with PA THG personnel on joint projects and sales activities. In taking up his new position he will oversee the activities of several hundred personnel, most of whom are based at the company’s 3,000+ sq ft Cambridge Technology Centre in the UK with its engineering, machine tool and rapid prototyping facilities, and wireless laboratory.

In heading up this already successful and profitable part of PA, one of Martin’s key aims will be to strengthen PA’s brand presence and sales base across its diverse areas of expertise - business strategy, process improvement and the development of novel technology - with a major focus on the pharmaceutical, biotech, manufacturing, FMCG and wireless technology industry worldwide.

Engelbert Wimmer new head of PA Consulting Group's Manufacturing Industries Practice

Engelbert Wimmer has been appointed head of PA Consulting Group's Manufacturing Industries Practice, effective 1 July 2008. Since joining PA in April 2006 as a member of the practice Engelbert has specialised in the automotive sector. He has worked for a number of automotive blue-chip firms on topics ranging from the innovation process to product and process improvement.

Engelbert combines in-depth process and business knowledge of the automotive industry with expertise in delivering complex re-engineering projects for clients. He has led major process re-engineering and change programmes and has in-depth experience of delivering substantial benefits by improving organisations' 'strategy implementation' ability. His expertise is frequently quoted on issues such as automotive sales and after-sales performance improvement.

Commenting on his appointment, Engelbert said: "Major changes in manufacturing industry due to globalisation and customisation also mean greater opportunities for PA's clients in this sector. I plan to remain active in the marketplace – reinforcing PA's view that our successful leaders maintain close relationships and account contacts with their clients."

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