CEO Today Management Consulting Awards 46 CEO Today Management Consulting Awards 2019 UNITED KINGDOM CARL KESZEI Finance Director at The Berkeley Partnership LLP FIRM PROFILE Founded in 1990, The Berkeley Partnership is an independent management consultancy. Based in London and New York, we work with many household names and global organisations helping them to develop strategies and transform their business. In doing so, we are often at the heart of them achieving their most ambitious goals. The Berkeley blueprint From the very beginning, we have always taken a different approach to consultancy. We work within and as part of our client’s leadership teams rather than looking in from the outside. We bring ideas, challenge and experience, tailoring our approach rather than applying the same methodology again and again. We are outcomes-focused, wanting to create lasting legacies through what we deliver and the way that we work. Over 25 years later, this blueprint for success continues to attract clients from a wide range of sectors. We’re proud to say that over 90% of our work comes from repeat business and referrals and more than 85% of clients have used us more than once. Experienced transformation professionals We have a very thorough recruitment process and only take on consultants who are experienced transformation professionals (on average, our consultants will have around 14 years’ experience, while the average for our partners is 20+). By handpicking the right consultant for each role, we match relevant skills and experience with our clients’ needs and provide the development opportunities that our people are looking for. This allows us to tailor our approach, leveraging our experience to focus on the uniqueness of our clients rather than solely relying on standard methodologies. We also put a great deal of emphasis on ensuring that our consultants fit in and build the collaborative relationships that enable them to work effectively. Trusted to deliver We are always prepared to take a hands-on management role to ensure that change is delivered effectively. We take pride in our ability to work as an extension of our clients’ leadership teams, binding together stakeholders to drive cross- organisation activity. Our embedded, collaborative approach enables us to assemble and manage the right team to get the job done, but we always ensure that our clients remain in control, with us providing the balance of support and constructive challenge that enables them to be effective leaders. Designed to put our clients’ interests first ABOUT CARL KESZEI Carl is a Fellow of the ICAEW, having trained in the UK before moving to a Big 4 firm in 1997 where he was based in Dubai during the midst of the construction boom of the late 1990s. Carl managed teams that were providing due diligence, assurance and accounting services to companies both in the UAE and across the Middle East. Upon relocating to the UK, Carl moved into industry and undertook a number of finance change management roles with listed entities in the utilities, telecommunications and B2B sectors. In these roles, he was primarily working on business partnering, improving profitability and regulatory compliance. Carl then spent almost 10 years in the professional services sector, known for its traditional approach to business, where he continued to focus on business partnering. This was followed by 3 years in outsourced financial services working with clients day- to-day operational activities and managing a global network of affiliate firms.

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