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EY hires Hugh Harper to lead EMEIA Financial Services Strategy and Operations

London, 27 February 2014

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EY has appointed Hugh Harper as the Strategy and Operations leader for financial services for Europe Middle East India and Africa (EMEIA). Hugh will start on the 3rd March and joins from leading private equity house Towerbrook Capital Partners, where he was partner and managing director focusing on performance improvement in their European portfolio companies. 

Prior to Towerbrook, Hugh spent 13 years at McKinsey, where he was a partner and leader of the EMEA Banking practice. He led development of retail banking innovation, marketing and mortgage service lines including digital strategies and lean operations. In addition to his banking roles, Hugh was a leader of McKinsey's European Private Equity practice, a member of their UK Operating Committee, and has assisted clients in major restructuring, wealth management and insurance situations.

David Gittleson, Advisory leader for EMEIA Financial Services, EY, says: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome such an outstanding talent as Hugh to our practice. He is widely respected and well known across the financial services sector, having worked with many senior executive teams whilst at McKinsey. I've no doubt that as the leader of our Financial Services Strategy and Operations consulting practice across EMEIA, he will make a significant contribution to our clients and people."

"Our EMEIA Financial Services Advisory practice has grown at over 20% pa over the past 3 years and gained industry recognition as market leaders. With recent partner additions across our markets, we continue to invest to meet the needs of our banking, insurance and asset management clients, particularly in areas such as strategy, restructuring and business transformation." 

Hugh Harper says: "Joining EY at this time is a great privilege; this is a tremendous team with a rapidly growing leading franchise and a pivotal time in the market. There is a great opportunity to work with EY clients to raise and sustain profitability, returns and growth post-crisis. In particular helping to address continually rising customer expectations; for better service, higher standards of conduct and digital channels and tools, in a much more capital-intensive, complex and competitive environment"

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