EMEIA leadership and management

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Mark Otty Mark Otty
Area Managing Partner
Mark was the Area Managing Partner for Northern Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (NEMIA) from July 2006 to June 2008. Mark is a South African and his career has spanned multiple disciplines and locations. Having joined EY as an audit trainee, he has held leadership roles and served clients in the fields of Corporate Finance, Tax and Business Advisory in South Africa, Canada and the UK.

Jay Nibbe

Jay D. Nibbe
EMEIA Markets Leader
Jay is responsible for our Markets strategy for Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA), leading our service lines and Sub-Areas in providing exceptional client service on all our accounts. Before joining EMEIA, Jay was Americas Vice Chair for Tax and the Americas Tax Managing Partner for Area Practices and Client Service. During that time, he led the implementation of the Tax practice's market strategy and focus on Priority Accounts. He also has extensive global experience, having led the CIS Tax practice from Moscow, Russia for four years. Jay remains very active in client service working with multinational companies.


Pascal Macioce Pascal Macioce
Pascal was previously the EMEIA Assurance leader, and prior to this held a number of leadership roles, including Assurance & Advisory Business Services (AABS) leader for the former Continental Western Europe (CWE) Area and the EMEIA Area.

Karen Hochrein Karen Hochrein
Karen was previously the People leader for Central Europe (CE) AABS and EY Germany. She was a member of the Global People Executive Committee from 2003-2005, and has participated in many global People projects, including the development of Global Partner Performance Management, competency models and learning.

Olivier Breillot Olivier Breillot
Quality & Risk Management (Q&RM)
Olivier was most recently the CWE Q&RM leader and a member of the Q&RM Global Executive Committee. He has worked in both AABS and Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) over many years, serving clients in the oil and gas sector, as well as in other industry sectors. He has also worked in the US.

Andrew Embury Andrew Embury
Andy joined the firm in 2008 from IBM, where he was General Manager of Global Business Services for the UK, The Netherlands, the Middle East and South Africa, and before that Managing Partner of PwC Consulting in the UK. Prior to taking up his current role in November 2009 he led the EMEIA Cost Synergies Programme, part of the firm's EMEIA integration effort. He serves as Senior Advisory Partner on two of our large client accounts.

Felice Persico Felice Persico
Felice joined the firm in 1986 and has served in Europe and the US in a range of roles including Assurance COO for EMEIA, Assurance leader for Italy and CWE, and Sector leader for Technology and Communication. He has also served as the Global Client Service Partner for several Office of the Chairman (OCA) and global accounts. In addition to auditing, his experience covers transaction support, IPOs, IFRS conversion and SEC filings.

Stephan Kuhn Stephan Kuhn
Stephan was most recently the CE Tax leader and a member of the Global Tax Executive Committee. His clients are in the Banking and Capital Markets and Asset Management sectors, where he provides transaction and international tax advice.

Joachim Spill Joachim Spill
Transaction Advisory Services (TAS)
Joachim has previously served as the Germany, Switzerland and Austria (GSA) Sub-Area TAS leader, Managing Partner of the German firm and Financial Services Office (FSO) Country Co-ordinator for Germany. He has more than 20 years' experience in transaction support services, working for both corporates and financial investors, with a focus on financial due diligence, business valuations and shareholder value projects for large global and medium-sized companies.

Julie Tiegland

Julie Teigland 
Accounts Business Development (ABD)
Her preceding role was EMEIA Growth Markets Leader, where she launched several successful initiatives, including the "Passion to Win" program with Assurance and the EMEIA EOY (Entrepreneur Of The Year) Forum. Julie has significant experience in initial public offerings (IPOs) and other capital market transactions, as well as broad experience in accounting and auditing, financial reporting and regulatory matters. She is very active in the market serving major clients, including Siemens, Qiagen and Asklepios Kliniken.

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Sub-Area Managing Partners


Ajen Sita Ajen Sita
Ajen was previously the Assurance leader for Africa and Head of Audit, South Africa before that. Having joined the firm in 1993, he was made Partner in 1999 and Entrepreneurial Services leader in 2001.

Rudi Braes, BeNe Regional Managing Partner

Rudi Braes
Belgium and The Netherlands (BeNe)
Rudi is the Regional Managing Partner for BeNe. He also holds two additional roles as Country Managing Partner for Belgium and Operations Leader for BeNe. Before his appointment as Belgium Country Managing Partner in July 2011, Rudi was responsible for our market positioning there. In 2007 he set up the China Desk in EY Belgium, which focuses on the economic relations with the exponentially growing Chinese market. This followed five years as Industrial Products Leader for Western Europe.

Karl Johansson Karl Johansson
Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)
Karl has broad experience in multinational accounts and the co-ordination of international tax engagements, M&A and due diligence projects in key global markets. In addition to advising senior members of the Russian government on issues affecting foreign investment, he has been a member of the Emerging Europe Business Council and Corporate Governance Task Force of the World Economic Forum, as well as the Foreign Investment Advisory Councils of Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Latvia.

Philip Hourquebie Philip Hourquebie
Central and South-East Europe (CSE)
Philip was previously Managing Partner for Africa and has extensive experience working in a multi-cultural and multi-country environment. He has personal experience in many of our service lines, and has worked with both very large and entrepreneurial clients, and is very engaged in developing productive relationships with governments.

Jean Pierre Letratre Jean-Pierre Letartre 
Algeria, France and Luxembourg (FraLux)
Jean-Pierre joined EY in 1985. In 1986, he created the Lille office and has headed up the French Growth Markets practice since 1994, becoming a board Director of EY France in 2000 and of the SEE in 2005. He is a member of the MEDEF (French business association made up of the senior management of all top French firms). He also heads the Entrepreneur of the Year Award Programme in France and is co-founder of the French “Entrepreneur’s Day” Association.

Andy Baldwin Andy Baldwin
Financial Services Office (FSO)
Andy was previously AIBD leader for EMEIA FSO and has held a number of other leadership positions at EY. He has also worked at Cap Gemini and IBM Consulting. Andy is directly involved with many of our OCA accounts.

 Georg Graf Waldersee Georg Graf Waldersee
Germany, Switzerland and Austria (GSA)
Formerly CE Client Service & Accounts (CS&A) leader, Georg joined EY as Markets leader in 2002, and took over as CE CS&A leader in 2005. With extensive experience in the automotive and industrial and consumer products sectors, Georg currently serves in a Senior Advisory Partner capacity on several OCA and Global Priority Accounts.

Rajiv Memani Rajiv Memani
Rajiv is a qualified Chartered Accountant with experience in Assurance, Tax and Corporate Finance. He established EY India's TAS practice in the late 1990s and, since 2002, EY India has been named by Bloomberg as M&A leader in India based on number of transactions. Rajiv is affiliated with a number of prominent business and industry associations, including the World Economic Forum’s New Asian Leaders.

Donato Iacovone Donato Iacovone
Donato joined the firm in 1984 as auditor in the Milan office, becoming Partner and Corporate Finance leader in 1996, and Partner in charge of the Public Sector in 1997. He led the Italian Business Advisory Services (BAS) practice from 2000 to 2005 before being named BAS leader of the former CWE Area from 2005 to 2008. Donato served as the Mediterranean Accounts & Business Development leader for two years prior to his recent appointment as Sub-Area Managing Partner. His industry experience includes extensive work in both power and utilities and government and public sectors and he is a member of the Italian C.P.A. Board and Associate of the Italian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Abdulaziz Al-Sowailim Abdulaziz Al-Sowailim
Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
For more than 20 years, Abdulaziz has provided assurance, tax and business advisory services to a range of private and public sector organisations in the financial services, energy, petrochemicals, manufacturing, trading and services sectors. He has long-standing relationships within the MENA business community and strong ties with the public and private sector in Saudi Arabia, the Sub-Area's largest market. Abdulaziz is Vice Chairman of the Saudi Accounting Association and a member of the Saudi Organisation of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He joined EY’s Riyadh office in 1986 and was appointed Country Managing Partner for Saudi Arabia in 2009.

Erik Mamelund, Nordics Regional Managing Partner Erik Mamelund
Erik rejoined EY in 2003, working with clients such as DNB, one of the largest Nordic banks, and the largest Norwegian private investor group Ferd. Previously he served as the leader of the Nordic IFRS Desk and was the auditor of Norway's two largest corporations - the energy company Statoil and the telecommunications operator company Telenor.

Steve Varley

Steve Varley
UK & Ireland
Steve has 15 years of consulting experience and his expertise ranges from Aerospace and Defence to Pharmaceutical and Energy.
Prior to this role Steve was the UK&I Markets leader. responsible for executing EY's growth strategy across all service lines, priority sectors and regions of the business. He previously led the London Advisory business, which was formed in 2008. He joined EY from Accenture in 2005 as the NEMIA Service Line Leader for BAS. Steve has worked on some of the largest UK&I accounts including the UK Home Office and National Grid.

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