Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Celerant Consulting Senior Executive Shares Outlook on 2009 Global Business Landscape

Celerant's new senior vice president of strategy and capabilities and a member of the firm's regional executive committee, James Biere Marceau, predicts that the global business marketplace in 2009 will continue to be affected, positively and negatively, by the following five forces:

  • Mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, restructuring and market consolidations;
  • Tight credit markets and global macroeconomic volatility;
  • Energy management and conservation;
  • Raw material and commodity price fluctuations;
  • Further globalization or changes in global manufacturing strategies.

"Organizations that will ultimately succeed in the short and longer terms will possess the ability to embrace these dynamics and put them to work for their businesses, and not against. Their Operational Excellence efforts will be put to the test in order to remain a competitive force in their particular market segment. World class organizations will get their cost structures right to address the new market realities, and simultaneously invest in new products, new markets and innovation," says Marceau.

As head of Celerant's strategy and capabilities, Mr. Marceau oversees the development and application of specific value-producing client offerings, business transformational strategies, integrated supply chain management, process excellence, asset management, organizational excellence, business performance management, innovation and revenue growth.

Mr. Marceau comes to Celerant from Oliver Wyman (formerly Mercer Management Consulting and part of Marsh McClennan, MMC), a business strategy and global management consulting firm. He was a Senior Partner with Oliver Wyman's Manufacturing, transportation, Energy (MTE) practice and brings a career of international business expertise from a number of industries and focuses on Technology, Life Sciences and Consumer Products Manufacturing companies. Over his 20 year career, he has worked with companies to address highly complex global business challenges and strategic growth initiatives, market changing mergers and acquisitions and post merger integration, improve operational effectiveness, supply chain, logistics, distribution, manufacturing and emerging market strategies.

Prior to joining Oliver Wyman, Mr. Marceau was a Vice President and Supply Chain Management and Logistics practice leader with Capgemini (Ernst & Young). During this time, he managed operations, supply chain and growth initiatives for global companies across a range of industries, including transportation and logistics, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, manufacturing, high tech, defense, and consumer products.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Marceau worked for Ryder System, Inc., where he held several progressive operating and international roles. He helped plan and successfully execute several mergers and acquisitions, including the acquisition of FedEx Business Logistics in Europe.

Mr. Marceau graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. He also received an MBA from the University of Miami in International Business.

About Celerant Consulting

Celerant is a global management consultancy that provides international strategy and business transformation consulting and delivers operational improvement that helps the world's leading companies to achieve and sustain real gains in bottom-line performance.

Celerant's difference is simple - we believe that once we have fixed a problem for a client, it should stay fixed.

First we spend time understanding the needs of an organization. Then we analyze the challenges faced before recommending a tailored change program designed to deliver measurable results, now and into the future. This involves our industry experienced consultants working side-by-side with people in the front line of your business - from the Boardroom to the shop floor - to ensure the delivery of sustainable and measurable benefits.

As a result, last year Celerant delivered over $1bn in annualized sustainable savings to its clients. Over the last 21 years we have grown to the point where annual revenues are $170m.

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