Big Four firm PwC has appointed Rohit (Ro) Antao as its new Consulting leader for Australia. A near two-decade company member at PwC, Ro Antao joined the accounting and consulting firm in 2005, spending sixteen years with the US arm in Silicon Valley before joining the Australian practice three years ago.
A new household fire safety app launched by the Resilient Building Council with support from technology partner Endava has shown a significant reduction in the risk of bush-fires to homes. Global IT consultancy Endava has collaborated with the Resilient Building Council to develop a new, government-funded app aimed at reducing fire risk, allowing Australian residents to assess the potential resilience of their properties in the event of a bush-fire and receive tailored action plans to lessen the dangers.
International supply chain consultancy firm TMX has appointed two industry heavyweights as strategic advisors to its team in New Zealand. Andrew Buxton is the former CEO of Multichannel at The Warehouse Group (one of New Zealand’s biggest retailers) and former CEO of eStarOnline.
Global technology consultancy UST has acquired Melbourne-headquartered Leonardo as it seeks to gain further ground in the A/NZ, adding around 70 new professionals to its 30,000-plus headcount. Australian digital consultancy Leonardo has been picked up by US-based global tech counterpart UST for an undisclosed sum, strengthening its existing position in the A/NZ market after ramping up its local activities in 2021.
Leading professional services firm Proximity has appointed Anthony Honeyman as National Co-Lead of its Consulting business. Anthony Honeyman brings around 20 years of experience in management consulting to the role, all of which he gained at Apis and later on Accenture.
Rennie has bolstered its team with Alan Rai, who has been brought on board to help the consultancy build a new market modelling offering. Appointed an Executive Director in its Sydney office, Alan Rai is responsible for the development and deployment of a market modelling offering for the National Electricity Market (NEM) and Wholesale Electricity Market (WEM), as well as energy advisory practice across Australia.
International technology consultancy Slalom has taken over digital delivery duties from PwC for the 2026 Australian Census. The repercussions of PwC’s government tax policy breach continue with Slalom taking over digital delivery duties for the 2026 Australian Census.
According to some experts, Taylor Swift’s presence in Australia could be worth north of a billion dollars to the national economy, however KPMG’s Brendan Rynne says the reality is much much lower. Economic impact modelling for major events tends to produce eye-catching headlines, figures which often strike the casual observer as a tad suspect when used as a justification for public spending.
Couple-run accountancy Hampson & Co has joined the newly established Upper Hunter branch of PKF based in Scone, formerly Rose & Partners until its alignment with the network last year. The recently added Upper Hunter branch of professional service network PKF has now itself expanded through the addition of local accountancy Hampson & Co in Scone, which sits between Tamworth and Newcastle.
Synergy Group has welcomed two new partner recruits: Dallas McGuire Hindle and Geoff Howell. Professional services firm Synergy Group has recruited Dallas McGuire Hindle as its new cybersecurity practice leader out of Melbourne, the former Scyne Advisory director crossing as a partner after just three months at the public sector breakaway.
Data and analytics consultancy Notitia has expanded its footprint with a new office in Canberra, its third nationally. Established in Melbourne in 2019 with a further outlet in Adelaide, data & analytics consultancy Notitia has now launched its third office in Canberra, citing double-digit growth in its local clientele numbers and the ever-increasing demand for digital transformation services.
Cybersecurity veteran Kylie Watson has joined DXC Technology, crossing to the consultancy as its new national security head for Australia and New Zealand. Tech consultancy DXC Technology has appointed recent PwC recruit Kylie Watson as its new head of security for Australia and New Zealand.
Former PwC boss Luke Sayers has been arguably the star attraction of the endless Senate inquiries into the consulting sector, bringing a certain impish charm to proceedings while his contemporaries wilt under the spotlight.
Global real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield has launched a new consulting practice in the Asia Pacific region. Branded as Advisory+, the fresh consulting business will provide sector-specific advice to clients on complex built environment projects, covering their end-to-end support requirements from concept and planning through to execution.
Less than three months in business and PwC public sector consulting breakaway Scyne Advisory has made an appearance before the NSW government’s parliamentary inquiry into the use of consultants. Public sector consulting ‘start-up’ Scyne has taken the opportunity of its parliamentary debut to issue a backhander to its progenitor and the fellow Big Four accounting and consulting firms by describing their business model of serving both the government and private sectors as an ‘inherent conflict’.
Former Bain & Company partner and telecommunications expert David Ellis has been appointed as IBM Consulting’s new managing partner for Australia and New Zealand. David Ellis brings in two and a half decades worth of international consulting and telecommunications industry experience to IBM Consulting.
A&M Tax – the tax consulting wing of global professional services firm Alvarez & Marsal – has launched in Australia following the hire of a 65-strong team of industry experts. Global business advisory Alvarez & Marsal has continued its ambitious roll-out across Australia, the firm’s A&M Tax offshoot launching down under with a 65-strong team of industry professionals under the guidance of former Ernst & Young partner Sean Keegan – one of 20 managing director recruits to the new full-service practice.
Bob Sternfels has been re-elected as McKinsey & Company’s global managing partner for a second three-year term, overcoming digital practice lead Rodney Zemmel and a field of senior challengers. McKinsey & Company boss Bob Sternfels has survived an internal challenge to be re-elected as global managing partner for a second and final three-year term.
Australian restructuring expert Guy Wall, currently based in the Middle East with global consultancy Alvarez & Marsal, was recently detained by police in the UAE, although the full details remain sketchy.
In a first for an education institute in the Southern Hemisphere, the Canberra Institute of Technology will soon feature a cashier-free shopping outlet, with Cognizant tapped to deliver the implementation.