Ramboll opens new office in Mexico in Americas focused expansion

24 August 2018 Consultancy.lat

Engineering, design and consulting firm Ramboll has opened a new office in Mexico City. The Danish origin firm’s new office will be its second in Mexico – after an Environment & Health locale in Monterrey. 

Ramboll was born in post-war Denmark in 1945 and became an engineering leader in the Nordics. The firm has a strong global presence in both Europe and North America and has emerged throughout Asia and the Middle East as a major driving force of the industry. In Latin America however, the firm’s locations were limited to three offices in Brazil, an office in the Falkland Islands and one in Monterrey. 

The new Mexico City office will provide the consulting firm a stepping stone south of its Anglo-American operations. Ramboll has been increasingly active across the region, having started serving multinational clients in Mexico throughout the 1990s. 

The firm provides an integrated blend of engineering solutions and consulting services to address the complex needs throughout Latin Americas and the Caribbean. With a heavy focus on social responsibility – a value instilled in Ramboll’s founders in the aftermath of the Second World War – the firm’s offerings include a long list of environmental management and assistance, sustainability consulting and waste management. 

Previously speaking about Ramboll’s ambitions in Latin America, Eugenio Singer, Country Manager of Ramboll Brazil, said that staying ahead of the game in terms of environment was what would ensure the company’s continued success. “Fundamentally, Ramboll is a value-based company with four central value pairs: insight and excellence, integrity and empathy, empowerment and collaboration, and enjoyment and passion,” he said.

Ramboll opens new office in Mexico in Americas focused expansion

Ivette Catalán León has been appointed as Principal in the firm’s new office with a mandate to expand Ramboll’s capabilities and reach in Central and Latin America. Catalán’s consulting career has spanned 25 years and encompassed compliance, health and safety, and management systems issues and challenges for a varied public and private client base across Central and Latin America.

Her most recent post was as a parter with Environmental Resource Management (ERM), a firm that she joined in 2004 as a project manager. During her time at ERM she undertook tasks ranging from audits, compliance reviews, ERM program implementations, accident investigations and safety program and management systems, as well as site investigation and decommissioning. 

“We’re thrilled to have a professional of Ivette’s caliber and experience joining Ramboll,” said Allan DeLorme, Americas President of Ramboll’s Environment & Health business. “Our Americas strategy includes a focus on strengthening our presence across Central and Latin America, and her addition is a significant step toward this goal.” 

The new office in Mexico City will be accompanied by the announcement of the opening of a new location in Minneapolis, Minnesota and two senior hires. Consulting veterans Todd Renville and Shauna Dallmer have been appointed; Renville to the Minneapolis office and Dallmer down in Texas, the location of the firm’s chemical, oil and gas client base. 

"We're excited that Ivette, Shauna and Todd chose to join us," said DeLorme. "Their addition brings us closer to clients in key geographies in the US and Mexico and bolsters our bench strength in multiple service lines.”

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Argentinian software consultancy APG Consulting enters Bolivia

25 February 2019 Consultancy.lat

Argentinian professional services firm APG Consulting has expanded into Bolivia, growing its presence in Latin America to six countries. 

Founded in 2003, APG Consulting is a software consultancy that supports its clients with digitizing procurement and finance, and with document management. The firm’s Comfiar solution allows organizations to generate, send and store invoices in a robust and safe environment, while supporting procurement, finance and regulatory processes. APG Consulting’s AFM solution is a document management system (DMS) that helps companies with organizing, managing and securing documents in a standardized environment.

Across Latin America, APG Consulting currently over 1,000 customers, with Bolivia the next market targeted as part of the firm’s strategy to lift its client base to over 1,500 in the coming years. The expansion follows on previous forays into Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru. Headquartered in Buenos Aires, the IT consulting firm has around 80 employees. 

The move comes at a time when electronic invoicing is a major theme in Bolivia. In March of this year, the country’s National Tax Service (SIN – Servicio de Impuestos Nacionales) is implementing new regulation that advocates electronic invoicing. For companies, this means that they need to adopt e-invoicing of not already in place, and for those that currently do use the feature, changes may be required in system setup, processes, data management or governance. 

Argentinian software consultancy APG Consulting enters Bolivia

APG Consulting is aiming at implementing its Comfiar solution, which has been tailored to meet SIN’s requirements, at both private and public sector organizations in Bolivia. Meanwhile, companies that already have a system in place can tap the Argentinian-origin consultancy for software services and change management support. According to Matías Cherepinsky, commercial manager of APG Consulting, organizations must not only look at the technical side of electronic invoicing, but also keep the cultural side of change in mind. Employees in procurement and finance will need to adopt new ways of working, meaning that they need to receive training and coaching in order to successfully complete their new tasks.

According to Daniel Ayoroa, a legal manager at Agentax, electronic invoicing still is in its infancy in Bolivia. Organizations therefore are open to bringing in the expertise of experts that have an established track record gained abroad, where e-invoicing is more mature. He added that he believes the approach can lead to a major modernization of procurement and tax functions throughout the country.

Earlier this month, accounting and consulting firm BDO also entered the Bolivian market with the addition of KPI Auditores y Consultores to its global member firm network. In December last year, Tufiño Villegas, which has offices in La Paz, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba, joined Andersen Global’s international association.