Korn Ferry hires two senior experts in South America

03 March 2017 Consultancy.lat

Korn Ferry has announced two senior hires to their offices in South America. Juana Duque, who boasts almost thirty years of corporate leadership training experience, joins the firm’s Bogotá, Colombia office as a Senior Client Partner. Clara Cardinal, who brings with her an extensive amount of international consulting experience, joins the Buenos Aires, Argentina office as a Principal in its Global Financial Market practice.

Juana Duque, who has spent more than two decades specialising in leadership development and team building, launched her career at a boutique talent and management consulting firm, supporting corporate executives in the development of hard and soft skills. Duque was also previously a Consulting Director for the Andean Region at Hay Group in Colombia (before it was acquired by Korn Ferry in 2015).

In 2012, Duque left Hay to work as an independent consultant in the sphere of executive coaching and team development.

Duque joins Korn Ferry Hay Group's Bogotá office as a Senior Client Partner, bringing almost thirty years of experience in executive coaching and team development to the firm. Duque has a degree in Psychology from Univesidad Javeriana, a specialisation in philosophy and political science from Notre Dame University, and numerous leadership certifications.

“In addition to Juana’s experience and expertise, she has built an extensive network of relationships with top leaders from national and international corporations across the Andean region where she is recognised for her impeccable track record and reputation as a trusted leadership advisor,” said Korn Ferry South America president Dominique Virchaux.

Gabriela Castro, Korn Ferry Chair of the Andean Region, added, “We are confident that Juana will bring new capabilities to our organization, pivotal to strengthening Korn Ferry’s positioning in the Andean region while driving the expected growth."

Juana Duque and Clara Cardinal - Korn Ferry

Clara Cardinal, who has more than two decades of consulting experience, has excelled in multiple roles at various consultancies. In her early career, Cardinal was an Associate Relationship Manager for Latin America at Merrill Lynch. Later, she was a Client Service Executive EMEA for McKinsey & Company in Switzerland, and then a Knowledge Expert at McKinsey Latin America. Before joining Korn Ferry, Cardinal was a Managing Partner at CCX Inversiones del Sur in Argentina. 

Cardinal joins the firm’s Buenos Aires office as a Principal in its Global Financial Market practice. She brings to the role more than 20 years of sector experience, as well as a valuable global network from her previous international roles across the Americas and Europe.

Cardinal holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Political Science from the Universidad del Salvador and a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.

“Clara’s diverse background and expertise, not only possessing technical financial expertise, but also a solid track record in client relations, business development and Practice management, will be a strong asset to the firm and the financial services practice,” said Virchaux of the senior hire.


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Brazilian Bain partner Mário Conde joins firm's Dutch office

11 April 2019 Consultancy.lat

Mário Conde, a partner at Bain & Company in Brazil, has relocated to the Netherlands, where he has been appointed a partner in the consulting firm’s Amsterdam office.

The 36-year-old has been with the global strategy and management consulting firm since 2011, when he joined after completing his MBA at INSEAD in France. During his tenure at the firm, Conde rapidly ascended the ranks, appointed a partner in December 2017. 

Having served Bain & Company in its São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro offices, Conde has now decided to pursue his career in Europe. Commenting on his move to the Netherlands, a country of 16 million people, Stephen Bertrand, Managing Partner of Bain’s Amsterdam office, said: “We are delighted that Mário has chosen to proceed his career in Europe within our office.”

The Canadian-origin country leader added that Conde brings a wealth of relevant and valuable experience to the Dutch practice. He specializes in topics including strategy and organization, customer strategy and marketing, performance improvement, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and corporate finance. Conde also gained extensive experience with digital transformation, in particular advanced analytics, topics.

Brazilian Bain partner Mário Conde joins firm's Dutch officeFrom an industry perspective, Conde’s work has mainly been in the financial services industry. In Brazil, he advised several large insurance companies (property, casualty, life and personal insurance, reinsurance) and other companies on insurance-related matters (healthcare, auto insurance), as well as helped dozens of banks and players in the payments space. “Mário’s experience matches closely with the type of projects we deliver in the Netherlands,” said Bertrand. 

Established in 1998, Bain’s Amsterdam office has over 140 consultants and is one of the firm’s most international across its footprint of 57 offices globally. “Located at the crossroads of Europe, and with our outstanding track record in the Netherlands, Amsterdam is an attractive place to live and work. Bain’s Amsterdam office has a long history of welcoming transfers from all over the world.” Last year the Dutch office was named the country’s best employer in a ranking based on employee feedback. 

Conde’s appointment comes shortly after Bain in the Netherlands promoted the American Kyle Weza to its partner team. Other non-Dutch partners among its 15-strong partner team include Jenny Davis-Peccoud, Anna Thal Larsen and Steven Tallman.

In other senior appointments at Bain unveiled this week, Jean-Pierre Felenbok was named Managing Partner for Southeast Asia and Peter Stumbles as Australia and New Zealand Managing Partner.