Catapult Worldwide selects first country manager in Mexico

29 March 2018

Last month, global digital solutions and services firm Catapult Worldwide selected Francisco Fernandez as the firm’s first country manager for Mexico. The IT consultancy is currently in the process of launching operations in Latin America, headquartered at its forthcoming Mexican office.

Catapult Worldwide, a subsidiary of Chinasoft International – one of the largest IT firms in China – recently announced the appointment of Francisco Fernandez as Country Manager for Mexico. Fernandez will be responsible for driving the growth of Catapult’s new Latin American operation, which will be headquartered in the Santa Fe area of Mexico City.

Catapult, Microsoft’s 2016 Partner of the Year (US) in Cloud Productivity, will provide its Latin American clients with expert solutions in digital transformation and cloud-based technologies. In addition to its new division in Mexico, Catapult also has offices in the US, Western Europe, China, India, and Malaysia.

Francisco Fernandez, Country Manager - Catapult

Catapult Mexico’s new country manager has significant experience in the management of consulting and sales organizations. Previously, Fernandez was the Mexico Country Manager for a UK tech development company. Prior to that, he was the Managing Director of a marketing consulting firm, supporting international clients in Latin America.

“Francisco brings a deep knowledge of the local business market's needs, which will be instrumental in helping Catapult build a strong presence across Latin America," commented David Fuess, CEO of Catapult Worldwide. "His experience managing international development teams, as well as sales and marketing initiatives, are an excellent complement to Catapult's vast experience in IT services."

Interestingly, Fernandez is also the Spanish language co-host for radio broadcasts of Pittsburgh Steelers football games, which are heard across Mexico. The new Catapult Mexico boss is, clearly, a man of many talents.

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Brazilian Bain partner Mário Conde joins firm's Dutch office

11 April 2019

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.