The Founding Partners Meet
Marcelo Berger, Gilberto Sarian, Andrea Aun, Carlos Lima, and Hugo Ribeiro – the founding partners
Andrea Aun, Carlos Lima, Gilberto Sarian, and Marcelo Berger, first met while all working at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) in 1988. Hugo Ribeiro was working at Value Partners, a spin off from McKinsey, at that time. They immediately shared and bonded over their passion for the consulting profession.
In the 1990’s, Andersen Consulting underwent a transformation in its business and chose to focus its strategy towards technology and Business Process Outsourcing. Consequently, there was a drastic change in the type of work, day-to-day reality of the consultants, and the company’s relationship with its clients. Although this transition proved very successful for Andersen, it awoke a desire in Integration’s Founding Partners to open their own business.
Integration Consulting is Formed
Our first office at Rua Urussuí – Itaim Bibi, São Paulo
It was then that Andrea, Carlos, Gilberto, Hugo and Marcelo joined together to analyze the consulting market. They made the decision to found Integration in 1995 in São Paulo, Brazil, and return to the type of work they really had a passion and vocation for: management consultancy. While completing their analysis of the consulting market and assessing each other’s talents, they determined to position Integration as a strategy, management and operations consultancy, with a differential in implementation.
Learning How to ‘Implement’
Knowledge: One of our first rituals
The Founding Partner’s concept of implementation was revolutionary in the Brazilian consultancy market, making them pioneers in this approach. But the first challenge they faced was "how to implement?"
Even though the idea and the theory were clear, no methodology existed for them to draw upon. That was not the typical role expected from a management consulting. Integration’s first client was essential in this sense, which is why the Founding Partners and Integration will always be grateful to Exxon Mobil.
The First Client
The consolidated document from the first project
Integration original business plan intended to address small and medium-sized companies in Brazil. But Exxon Mobil, who ended up being the company’s first client, was listed as the one of the highest market cap company in the world in 1995. And they brought the Founding Partners a challenging project: to design and implement a Go-To-Market strategy for the entry of their line of lubricants (Mobil 1) in Brazil.
A Successful First Project
It was unimaginable at that time how Exxon planned to sell lubricants for cars when they didn't even have gas stations in Brazil; in 1995 the brand had not yet opened their Esso-brand gas stations in the country. But, the Partners accepted the challenge, which generated a lot of work and resulted in Integration’s first successful case. And it really was a success!
When this video testimonial was recorded (2006), Renato Fontalva was Director at Exxon Mobil
The founding partners in front of our first brand
From that point on, Integration's way of implementing solutions began generating positive endorsements and resulting in recommendations to new clients. These references allowed the company to grow at a rate of 77 percent annually through the late 1990s.
More about the early years of Integration’s history can be read in the chapter "With the help of the Oracle" extracted from the book "How to make a company work in an uncertain country" (Endeavor - Editora Campus, 2005).
Exploring New Ventures
Our companies back in time
A very important decision marked the first years of the new millennium at Integration.
"If we want to implement our recommendations, we have to have experience in actually operating businesses!” said Marcelo Berger. This way of thinking was strongly disseminated among the Founding Partners, with Marcelo at the helm.
In 1998, the Partners took the decision to work in the development of their own companies, creating an internal structure that included venture capital projects.
Operating Our Own Cosmetics Business
An Ala Szerman's beauty encounter
The very first venture was a well-known Brazilian cosmetics company: Ala Szerman. Integration chose to acquire the entire business in 1997: their brands, formulae, access to the distribution channels, inventory. This marked the beginning of a second cycle in Integration’s history, which has been essential to our story. During the day, the Founding Partners worked as consultants for Integration, and at night and on weekends, they took over as Ala Szerman executives.
To balance these responsibilities, Marcelo became the CEO of Ala Szerman and left consulting to dedicate himself to the cosmetics business. Andrea Aun was responsible for marketing; Carlos Lima for sales; Gilberto Sarian for supply chain and logistics; and Hugo Ribeiro for finance.
Together, they spent five years managing Ala Szerman, which was equivalent, in many ways, to a “real life” MBA in terms of the lessons they learned. There were many pains and accomplishments—experiences that made Andrea, Carlos, Gilberto, Hugo and Marcelo, after selling the company, even more prepared to continue with their passion for consulting through Integration.
Building a Software Start-Up
The team at Xplan
A new entrepreneurial venture arrived in the following year. This time, it was a greenfield. It was named XPlan, an internet-based technology solution for demand planning and integration of supply chain, that supported many projects for Integration´s clients.
The business was proposed by Rodrigo Griesi – a director of Integration´s Supply Chain practice at the time – and the Founding Partners agreed on creating a new company where Rodrigo was one of the Partners. Xplan developed its proprietary solution based on the needs of Grupo Suzano’s distributor company, SPP, who knew Integration well and agreed to be a partner in this undertaking—another relationship of which Integration is still very proud.
The solution soon became a market success, as it was developed based on the practical needs of the companies with whom Integration had already worked, as well as our technical knowledge of supply chain and S&OP in particular. After three years in operation, XPlan became linked to Intergraph (Sisgraph), a large technology company in Brazil. The business expanded, and in the next year was sold to Datasul (now Neogrid) – an even larger technology group in Brazil.
A Third and Final Venture
A few years later, there was a third venture: a below-the-line communications agency called Samurai, which also turned out to be a success in the Brazilian market. Similar to XPlan it was a greenfield venture, in partnership with a manager at Integration, Rodrigo Helcer which ended with Samurai being incorporated by Momentum do Brasil, a company that belonged to Interpublic Group, in 2011. This was the last business Integration developed inside its venture capital initiative.
A day at Samurai
Until 2005, which was a very important and decisive moment in our history, the Founding Partners were constantly asking themselves, “Do we want to continue with other businesses? Or is the experience we have gained, which we needed to understand what really makes businesses happen, enough?”
In Ala Szerman and Xplan, Marcelo Berger had taken the lead and it was at this point that Marcelo Berger decided to continue with venture capital and private equity initiatives and created his own company, Trigger Participações, in Brazil. Andrea Aun, Carlos Lima, Gilberto Sarian and Hugo Ribeiro de Almeida chose to continue with their passion for consulting.
A Complete Concentration on Consulting
Focus on Consulting
Integration then began a new era completely focused on consulting, with a new strength that was reinforced by the lessons the Founding Partners gained from their forays into venture capital. Following this new era, the decision was made to turn Integration into a business modelled on partnership.
Integration’s growth in Brazil was steady, remaining between 50 to 70 percent each year. The Founding Partners consolidated Integration as a respectable brand in Brazil and began focusing on new initiatives:
Strengthening Focus and Knowledge in Implementation
The founding partners with Paula Mercadante (center)
Paula Mercadante joined Integration in 2005 as the Partner responsible for the company’s Implementation Practice, bringing with her an in-depth knowledge of highly complex project implementation across several sectors and regions of the world. This partnership was an essential contribution to the consolidation of this new practice.
Integration also deepened its knowledge of training and qualification during this period, through courses outside of Brazil focused on andragogy – the science of teaching adults. The company has since benefited from a deep understanding of how to train and pass on knowledge in our projects.
Similarly, Integration has also spent a significant amount of time studying change management and stakeholder management, resulting in what we refer to as “Integration People.”
Signed contract for our first international office at Ciudad de México
Integration's growth continued to be strong in Brazil. Several projects were delivered outside of Brazil for multinational companies who had previous experience with us and asked us to replicate our work in other countries in Latin America. It was, definitely, a strong call to action: when your Clients want you to do more for them, you do it!
But these projects were always executed by consultants from the São Paulo, and questions about whether to expand into other countries began to surface as a strong element in our strategic discussions. Our Partners continually asked, "Can the model in which we work be expanded regionally? Or is it adherent only to the Brazilian reality? Can we replicate this method and professional profile in other countries?"
Ultimately, the decision was made to invest in two additional markets within Latin America: Mexico and Argentina.
Opening Our Mexico Office
Gerard Schoor, Carlos Lima, Andrea Aun, Laura Gé, Hugo Ribeiro de Almeida and Gilberto Sarian
Gerard Schoor, Carlos Lima, Andrea Aun, Laura Gé, Hugo Ribeiro de Almeida and Gilberto Sarian
We are very grateful to Unilever for bringing us to Mexico! It was with through them that we began our first project in Mexico—a very enriching integration project. Unilever Mexico had purchased a margarine company called Marga Carrancedo, and we had the honour of being chosen to develop this Post-Merger Integration.
From then on, our growth in these new regions followed a similar trajectory to our history in Brazil: Integration’s work and reputation spread by word of mouth and the endorsements from our clients, which opened doors in other companies, such as Reckitt Benckiser, Diageo and Mastercard. From the Mexican Operation, we have been serving clients in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and the United States with great success.
In 2008 we were confident enough to integrate a local Partner: that is when we met Gerard Schoor. We were very happy to have our invitation for Gerard to become a Partner at Integration, leading our operations in Mexico, accepted by him.
As Managing Partner and President of Integration Mexico, Gerard brought his vast experience in the international market and focus on industrial management in large global companies to add substantial to our business and even more knowledge to our expertise in consulting.
And then our Argentina Office
Contract sign for the Argentina's office
Renovations at the Argentina office Our gratitude in Argentina goes to Sadia (now BRF), the company that opened the door for us to develop our first project in the country.
We were also proud to serve large local clients, such as FEMSA, Nokia, Cadbury and Arcos Dorados.
A very important milestone for the Argentina Operation was the entry of Laura Gé in 2007 as a Managing Partner at Integration, and President of the Southern Cone operations.
In 2010, Integration was already drawing upon the experience of seven Managing Partners in three countries, making our dreams of internationalization and a real partnership come true. Laura Gé, Gerard Schoor and Paula Mercadante joined Andrea Aun, Carlos Lima, Gilberto Sarian and Hugo Ribeiro de Almeida on the company's leadership board.
Next Came the Chile Office
The success of the offices in Mexico and Argentina led us to open one in Santiago in 2008. Of the countries in Latin America, Chile has the largest penetration in consultancy and is a mature market that requires local knowledge.
Unilever was our first client in the country, again giving us the opportunity to introduce our work to the region. And, once again, we are extremely grateful!
Our ability to grow internationally must also be credited to the professionals who participated in the start-up cycle for each of our new offices. In the first years of each new operation, we had professionals transferred and living in the different countries to ensure each office was imbued with Integration’s culture and method.
Integration is grateful for the dedication and high quality work of these professionals who led the effort of opening our offices in Latin America: Janaina Betteley, for Mexico, Argentina – and, most recently, the UK offices; Luis Carlos Vidal, who led Mexico for five years; Marcos Novoa y Novoa, who was also dedicated to make our Mexico office a reality, and played a very important role in it; Marcelo Roma, who worked in Argentina and the UK; Rodrigo Seabra, who also had an essential role in Mexico and is now the Partner in charge of our German operation; and Rafael Pinto, who participated in the development of the Chile office.
Each of you played a relevant role and is part of our history in this very special chapter.
Going to Europe
Our Partners and Directors at London
To grow outside Latin America and establish ourselves truly as an international player, we took an important step in 2010: the opening of our office in London. This expansion was carefully considered, with thorough internal analyses.
The expansion to Europe called the attention of Pedro Zanni, professor and doctoral student in one of the top universities in Latin America, Fundação Getulio Vargas. He carried out an internationalization case study about Integration, published in 2013.
Our London Office
This move also marked the start of a new cycle for Integration—an important step during which we learned a lot. And we see we have achieved some great accomplishments. Since its opening, the London office has grown a lot both quantitatively (the number of consultants and revenue), and qualitatively (client repurchase, recruiting, adapting our method to the reality of the market). Today, we are proud to serve corporations in Europe, such as Diageo, Red Bull, Monsanto, Sara Lee, L’Oreal and BRF, in 60+ countries.
Martin Wing (center) with Integration's board
In 2013, a new Managing Partner joined our team to lead the UK Operation: Martin Wing, a British executive with experience in consultancy in Europe, and a board member of the Management Consultancies Association in the UK. Martin took over as Managing Partner of the London office and guided the team to the next level.
Expansion to Germany
Sophie Herrmann, Andrea Aun, Paula Mercadante, Laura Gé, Amélia de Carvalho e Silva, and Janaina Bettley at Munich
AIn 2015, we took yet another step in our international expansion efforts: to support our clients in the DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) region, we opened our German office in Munich, with Rodrigo Seabra as Partner of the operation. The efforts we put in place to hire a local leadership started with the Director Sophie Herrmann, and since then we continue to grow our operation with local professionals.
We are growing in the market, and we maintain the same entrepreneurial spirit and love for consulting that we had when we opened our first office in Sao Paulo, in 1995.
A Place to Grow
Luis Carlos Vidal, Francisco Pereira Leite and Leonardo Zylberman
In 2013, Francisco Pereira Leite, Leonardo Zylberman and Luis Carlos Vidal became the first Directors to be named Managing Partners, after climbing the rungs of our career development ladder. These three professionals joined the company as Analysts in 1999, so their achievement and evolution in becoming Managing Partners was an incredibly symbolic moment for Integration—they were the first ones to make the full journey from our entry-level positions to becoming a part of our teams of Partners.
Additions to our Partnership team
Augusto Ribeiro, Janaina Betteley and Rodrigo Seabra
In 2016, we experienced another important moment. Augusto Ribeiro, Janaina Betteley and Rodrigo Seabra were invited to become Partners after having spent most of their professional careers at Integration.
Augusto Ribeiro joined as a Partner responsible for the Marketing & Sales practice; Janaina Betteley co-led the United Kingdom office; and Rodrigo Seabra took the lead of our DACH operations, based in Munich, Germany.
Also, in 2016, Laura Gé, the Partner who led the Southern Cone Operation for nearly 10 years, left Integration. We are eternally grateful to Laura for all the work she did. Without a doubt, her work was key to the positioning and growth of the Integration brand in Argentina.
In the United Kingdom, Martin Wing similarly ended an important three-year cycle during which he, too, made a mark on the company, helping us to acclimate to British culture.
Launch of the New Leadership and Organizations (L&O) Practice
Since our foundation, Integration has believed that to develop an organization, strengthening of its work environment and its professionals is key.
Understanding and respect for corporate culture, as well as paying attention to the qualities each professional can add to the objectives of the business, are characteristics of Integration’s work.
In 2017, we launched our new Leadership & Organizations area, representing not only the consolidation of our 22 years of experience, but also a leap forward in the methodologies and technologies available for the identification and improvement of professional profiles, teams and organizational environments – including the licensing of Factor Humanus Scientia solutions.
Our Leadership & Organization team with Prof. and Master Amélia de Carvalho e Silva, founder and CEO of Factor Humanus Scientia.
A Scientific Foundation for L&O
Working in this Leadership & Organizations practice requires a scientific foundation, and to accomplish that, we sought licensing of ID One® solutions developed by Factor Humanus Scientia.
ID One® Accredited Centre team
The ID One® – Human Factor methodology has been applied for over 30 years with excellent results in the advancement of individual performance, teams and organizations; and we ourselves had been applying this methodology internally from many years also, confirming in practice its excellent and efficiency.
In June 2016, Integration was honored to announce the licensing of three ID One® Human Factor Methodology Solutions: ID One® Core, ID One® Reach and ID One® Connect. In 2019 this was followed by ID One® Advance and ID One® Engage.
We are extremely honored by the scientists behind the ID One® solutions Prof. and Master Amélia de Carvalho e Silva and Dr. Luís Antonio Ervolino (in memoriam), for having trusted Integration with the licensing of the application—the first agreement of the Human Factors Scientia. Without a doubt, this methodology has immense implications, as it can advance the professional development of our clients and their professionals.
Integration Welcomes a New Partner to Lead the L&O Practice
In relation to the start of the Leadership & Organizations practice, we also marked another much-anticipated milestone—the entry of another new Partner, Renata Moura, who began leading and building the area in May 2016.
Different from other members of the board, Renata spent most of her career at other companies, and she came to us with 25 years of outside professional experience. She has a Law degree, an MBA in Operations from IE Business School, and additional specializations from Fundação Dom Cabral (FDC/Insead) and COPPEAD/RJ.
Strengthening the Partnership Further
In 2018, Integration marked yet another important moment with the addition of Alejandro Martinez as a Partner in Mexico. Alejandro held the same position at A.T. Kearney for 20 years before joining us, and he works alongside Gerard Schoor in our Mexico operation, which is now more than prepared to support the challenges of our clients in the region.
Expanding to the U.S.
Stephen Fournier, Rodrigo Pasianotto, and Matt Suggett at the U.S. operation
In 2018, we took another step in establishing ourselves as an international player by launching our first office in the United States in San Francisco. Formally entering the U.S. was a momentous and integral step in our growth as a global company.
In 2019 this was followed by the opening of our Chicago office. This office enhances our ability to serve clients across North America from a central Midwest hub, and expand our relationships with companies, universities and other partners in the immediate region.
This video marks the moment we ‘cut the tape’ on our new office.
New Local Partners Strengthen Integration
Gary’s entry marked a new phase of growth for Integration in the U.S., where we focused on increasing our size to meet growing demand for our services. Gary’s years of experience in the consumer products industry and his specialization in marketing and sales projects are well-aligned with the profile of Integration’s consultants and international expansion movement.
Prior to joining Integration, Gary Singer spent 25 years as a partner with Accenture and most recently EY. In these roles, Gary led the Global Trade Promotion and Sales Effectiveness practices, respectively, working across the consumer products industry and others. Gary began his career as a marketing analyst at Procter & Gamble.
Jamie’s entry similarly marked an important moment for Integration in its expansion internationally, bringing a local partner to the UK office to meet growing demand. Jamie’s vast professional experience in the consultancy sector, especially in strategic and international projects, is well aligned with Integration’s consultants and our international expansion movement.
Prior to joining Integration, Jamie Gale was a partner at Arthur D. Little, where he helped launch and drive a specialist, cross-sector practice focused on digital problem-solving. He also served as a partner at Atos Consulting, working with clients across the manufacturing, retail and transport sectors to improve operational performance, and design and execute against customer experience, IT and digital strategies, reduce spending and improve safety. Jamie spent two years as head of aviation at Fujitsu Services as well, and more than doubled the size of the business sector for the company during that time.
Integration’s 25th Anniversary
In the blink of an eye 25 years have passed.
It has been 25 years of lessons learned, achievements, mistakes, development, honors and passion...
It has been 25 years of trying to work and implement the 7 Ethical Principles*: respect, dignity, justice, cooperation, simplicity, honesty and truth, with our clients and our professionals.
It has been 25 years discovering our love for supporting companies to achieve their goals, helping them to implement their projects, understanding deeply the challenges, the opportunities, and delivering our best for each project we were hired!
Since 1995, we have worked on more than 2795 projects, we assisted more than 730 clients, 9 offices, we delivered projects in 81 countries, 1.236 professionals working with us during these years and 25 more years to come and we are hopeful and excited for it!
Thank you for everyone who helped us to reach this milestone! it!
*Values based on the Ethical Principles, according to the authors: Dr. Luís Antonio Ervolino and Prof. Amélia de Carvalho e Silva
Our 25th anniversary celebration video
Today, Integration is proud to be home to 17 partners, 10 directors, 35 managers – totalling 62 professionals in the company’s leadership.
Rising from the Grassroots
In 2020 we were delighted to announce the promotion of two special professionals, who were already longstanding members of Integration’s team, to become Partners: João Barros & Roger Saltiel.
João Barros joined Integration in 2006 as a junior consultant. He experienced a variety of business segments, and found his strength in Supply Chain, with projects ranging from designing supply chain strategies, reconstructing operations directorates, delivering manufacturing efficiency and re-thinking logistics operations.
Roger Saltiel started at Integration in Marketing & Sales in 2002. Over many years, he has led projects related to the Indirect Channel, Market Scan and Definition of Go-to-Market Models, working in the most diverse sectors. His projects have taken him to Brazil, the United States, Latin America and Europe, contributing to a solid international experience. He is a member of the Brazilian Association of Wholesalers and Distributors (ABAD), serving on the leadership of the Indirect Channel Committee.
See the moment both discovered they were promoted to partners
Launch of our Sustainability Competence Center
Daniel Lentfer and Marloes van der Meer – heads of sustainability inside Integration
Since our foundation 25 years ago, Integration’s mission has been to leave a positive legacy in all that we do.
The business landscape over the last 25 years has changed significantly and today sustainability issues are increasingly important as they fundamentally change how businesses operate.
Integration believes that Sustainability needs to be embedded as part of a company’s business strategy to allow companies to operate as part of a bigger system, create resilience, and safeguard their reputation.
Critically, Sustainability will also allow businesses to leverage the many opportunities which the topic brings to rethink business models, innovate, and stand out to consumers and clients who want to identify with Sustainable brands.
Our new area will support our functional experts to add environmental and social dimensions to our projects allowing for a sustainable business transformation. At the same time, the Sustainability team is working to bring awareness of the topic to employees and is committed to continuously improving our own footprint.
Three new directors!
Matt Suggett, Paulo Piccini, and Jorge Gomes
2020 was a challenging year, but we were proud to announce three new directors: Jorge Gomes, Matt Suggett, and Paulo Piccini.
Jorge Gomes has been working in the Finance and Management team since 2008 and has led the practice for the past four years, where he has made his mark and brought about a transformation. He started at Integration as an Intern and during this period, he has developed his expertise through projects that focus on topics such as defining business strategies, business feasibility studies, the definition of commercial models (Go-to-Market), strategic and commercial diligence, revenue management, and cost-to-serve analysis. Jorge works in the following sectors: consumer goods, food and beverage, paper and cellulose, private equity funds, and financial institutions. Before joining Integration, he worked as an Intern in the supply chain area at Pirelli and in the financial area at Alcoa. Jorge Gomes has a degree in production engineering from the Mauá Engineering School.
Matt Suggett joined our London office in 2011 and has played a critical role in Integration’s history – he was one of the first to join our team in the U.K. and has been a key player in the opening and consolidation of Integration’s international operations. Currently, Matt lives in Los Angeles and is part of our U.S. leadership team. His client work has focused on commercial strategy, market entry strategy, pre-deal and post-deal M&A (investment thesis, due diligence, market digitalization, and PMI), and organizational redesign projects in the FMCG, health, mining, and biotechnology sectors. His experience spans more than 20 countries on 5 continents. Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Oglethorpe University (Atlanta, USA), a Master’s degree in Management from London Business School, and a graduate-diploma in Computer Science from Oxford University. He also completed a Masterclass in Private Equity at Harvard Business School.
Paulo Piccini has recently joined Integration. We are proud that Paulo accepted this challenge. Paulo has over 15 years of experience in strategy and management consulting. Paulo has worked in a wide range of topics and projects in different industries such as consumer goods, retail, IT and metals & mining. Before joining Integration, he worked as an associate principal at Partners in Performance and, previously also at Bain & Company and Accenture. Paulo Piccini holds a degree in Business Administration from Fundação Getúlio Vargas and an MBA from INSEAD. His appointment further strengthens our team of directors and our Finance and Management practice!
WE HAVE A NEW GLOBAL SENIOR PARTNER!
Clemens von Guggenberg
It is with great honour that we share with you the entry of a new Senior Partner: Clemens von Guggenberg! His years of experience and expertise are well aligned with the profile of our leadership, with the consultants we have in the company, and with our business strategy for Europe. Therefore, we are very proud and happy to celebrate his entry, being responsible for our Munich office and co-leading our global Leadership & Organization practice. This represents and marks the beginning of a new cycle of growth and consolidation within the market in the DACH region (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland).
Clemens has a solid career within internationally leading consulting organizations and sums up 30 years of experience in executive search and management consulting throughout Europe and the U.S.
Prior to Integration Clemens gained significant experience in a variety of forms. He worked for Heidrick & Struggles and Korn Ferry in Munich and Frankfurt as Senior Partner and Sector Leader IT & Professional Services in EMEA. As a Global Account Manager at Monitor Company in London, he focused on strategy development and competitive analysis. At Marketing Corporation in Frankfurt and at KPMG Peat Marwick Management Consulting in Frankfurt, New York, and Budapest he focused on marketing and sales strategy development, organizational development and process improvement. He started his career as a Management Trainee at Creditanstalt-Bankverein in Vienna.
OUR NEW ADDRESS IN GERMANY
We are honored to share our new address in Germany! The Munich office is located in an established business district in the heart of Munich.
This move aligns with our business expansion strategy in Europe and especially in the #DACH region (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland), allowing Integration to contribute to the business strategies of companies based in the region, through projects in Post-Merger Integration, Leadership & Organization and within the segments of Marketing & Sales, Finance & Management, Supply Chain, Implementation and Sustainability.
A NEW DIRECTOR IN MUNICH!
In recent weeks, Integration Consulting in Munich, Germany, has had some exciting news to announce: Clemens von Guggenberg joining the firm as a Senior Global Partner and our new office address. Now, Integration would like to share that it has a new director in Munich, Julian Lempp!
Starting at Integration as a manager, Julian has been working strategically, supporting the office's projects and building a solid relationship with clients in the region. Julian’s promotion was revealed in a surprise announcement, at an internal online event in February, in which all professionals from the company were present. It was a unique and moving moment, which will remain memorable forever.
Four new directors!
Four new directors
2021 has been both a challenging and amazing an year at the same time. Certainly, one of the high points is celebrating our four new directors: Alice Maschera, Carolina Flores, Lucas Tavolaro and Quentin Girard.
Alice Maschera is a director at Integration's UK Office and she has been working at the company since 2013. Alice holds a bachelor’s degree in land economy with a focus on economics and law from the University of Cambridge. She has worked on projects all around the world, with an emphasis on supporting FMCG companies with their commercial strategies. Her experience includes strategic roadmaps, entry strategies and go to markets in the areas of food, beverages, health and beauty, retail and more. Alice also been extensively involved in business planning, organizational structure, distribution management and sales team management.
Carolina Flores is a director at Integration and she has been working in the Finance & Management Practice since July 2010. Carolina received her degree in business administration and economic sciences from Insper in 2010. Prior to working at Integration, she was a statistics specialist at an education-focused NGO and an analyst at Galia Investimentos. Her experience includes projects focused on right-sizing, operational efficiency, organizational structure, synergy analysis and post-merger integration in sectors such as real estate, consumer goods and finance. Carolina has worked on transformational projects involving the restructuring and integration of large teams.
Lucas Tavolaro is a director at Integration and he has been working in the Finance & Management Practice since 2011. Lucas obtained a degree in business administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas in 2011. His professional experience focuses on projects involving strategic roadmaps, mergers & acquisitions, go-to-market strategies, cost management and strategic sourcing in areas such as consumer goods, customer loyalty, civil construction, education, private equity, oil and gas and financial services.
Quentin Girard is a director at Integration and he has been working in the Finance & Management Practice since May 2013. Quentin holds degrees and accreditations in finance and economics from the University of Oxford, the Wharton School and IESE Business School. He has worked at Integration’s London and São Paulo Offices, delivering projects across a wide array of countries in Europe, South America and Central Asia. His primary experience includes projects related to strategic planning, cost efficiency, cost to serve, revenue management and route to market in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, FMCG and retail.
New Global Head of Talent Acquisition
Integration Consulting is honnored to announce that we have a new Global Head of Talent Acquisition based in our São Paulo Office: Martina Zago.
Martina joined our Corporate team in March 2022, with the objective of strategically developing Integration’s recruitment efforts. She will support all of our Offices by advancing talent acquisition, employer branding, diversity & inclusion and internal sustainability effort.
Prior to joining Integration, Martina worked as a senior talent acquisition manager at Randstad. Her experience includes managing, recruiting and selecting teams, putting together strategies, managing candidate experience activities, developing R&S indicators and providing process improvement.
New partner: Daniel Rodrigues
Integration Consulting is delighted to announce that we have a new global partner based in our São Paulo Office: Daniel Rodrigues.
Since starting his career at Integration as a consultant in 2010, Daniel has demonstrated a special passion for marketing & sales. Integration has grown with Daniel over the years through countless projects that have generated a great deal of knowledge and lessons. He has supported innumerable companies in addressing a diverse range of challenges and developed solid relationships with clients across the globe. It is an honor to have Daniel on board as a new member of our global team of partners.
The official invitation to become a partner – which took Daniel by surprise – was extended at a special event organized by all the partners, and his family was even in attendance. It was certainly a moment that he and Integration will remember forever.
Daniel has broad expertise and experience in the area of marketing & sales. He has led countless projects covering go-to-market and commercial strategy reviews, market scans, entry strategies, business strategies, organizational structure and implementation across diverse industries and countries.
Daniel holds a degree in electrical engineering from Escola Politécnica da Universidade de São Paulo, a specialization in engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Valência – Spain and an MBA from Fundação Instituto de Administração.
Marcos Schmidt, Our new Director in Leadership & Organization
We’ve got some very exciting news to share at Integration Consulting: Marcos Schmidt has come onboard as a director in our Leadership & Organization Practice. He will be working with a team that seeks to connect strategy, culture, and people to help clients develop high-performance organizational environments.
Marcos Schmidt is a director at Integration's Leadership & Organization Practice and has been with the company since July 2022. Prior to joining Integration, Marcos was a partner at Woke for over three years and he had previously worked at Mercedes-Benz, Reckitt Benckiser, Dow Chemical Company, and UCB Biopharma. His experience includes leadership development, corporate culture, talent management, change management, compensation, and benefits as well as executive experience at various companies. Marcos holds a degree in human resources administration, a Master's Degree in Organization Coaching at USAL, Universidad de Salvador- Argentina, and also certified in Executive Coaching and Stanford University Graduate School of Business in People, Culture, and Performance: Strategy from Silicon Valey.
World’s Best Management Consulting Firms
Integration Consulting is very excited to announce that we’ve been recognized as one of the World’s Best Management Consulting Firms 2022 by Forbes. This honor is particularly special as 2022 is the first year that the globally renowned publication has put together a list of the world’s top consultancies and as these results were completely organic.
A total of 230 consultancy firms across the globe were listed, covering 13 industries and 14 functional areas – from consumer goods, healthcare and logistics to data analytics, sales & CRM and sustainability.
UK’s Leading Management Consultants
Integration on the Financial Times’ 2022 List of Leading Management Consultancies
In its annual report released on January 28, the Financial Times (FT) recognized Integration Consulting as one of the leading management consultancy firms in the UK – for the fifth year in a row. Based on recommendations from clients and industry professionals, the newspaper compiles its annual ranking in partnership with the global data provider Statista. This year, Integration received bronze among best consultancy firms in the area of Sales & CRM.
Top Employers among Medium-Sized Companies 2022
Integration is one of the best consulting company firms to work in Munich
Integration has been recognized as one of Germany’s “Top Employers among Medium-Sized Companies 2022” by the high-profile Focus magazine. This award is a clear result of our recruitment efforts across the #DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) as well as Integration’s commitment to creating a nurturing and engaging workplace environment that puts our professionals at the center.
We’re very proud of our Munich Office for this significant achievement and we thank everyone across Integration for making this possible.
Best Supply Chain Consultancy Award #4
Integration was recognized by Inbrasc as the Best Supply Chain Consultancy in Brazil for the fourth consecutive year.
Based on an annual survey conducted with over 5,000 supply chain professionals, Integration was recognized as the best management consultancy in the area of supply chain for the fourth year in a row. The survey was carried out by Inbrasc, one of the most widely recognized educational and training institutions for supply chain, procurement and logistics in Brazil.
UK’s Leading Management Consultants
Integration Consulting Included in the UK Financial Times’ 2020 List of Leading Management Consultancies
In a special annual report released on January 29, 2020, Integration Consulting has been recognized as a leading management consultancy in the UK for the third year in a row. The listing, which is based on the recommendations of clients and industry peers, is compiled each year by the UK Financial Times in partnership with the global data provider, Statista. Integration was acknowledged for sectoral expertise in Sales & CRM with a bronze classification.
UK’s Leading Management Consultants
Listing of Client and Peer-Recommended Consultancies in the United Kingdom.
The UK’s Leading Management Consultants 2019, published as a special report on January 30, 2019, by the British newspaper, the Financial Times, in partnership with the German research group Statista. The listing includes 198 of the most frequently recommended management consultancies in the region. Integration was acknowledged in the categories of Sales & Customer Relationship Management, and Finance, Risk & Compliance.
UK’s Leading Management Consultants
Integration Ranked Among Top Consultancies in the United Kingdom.
In the January 2018 Financial Times’ special edition, Integration was named among the “UK’s Leading Management Consultants.” The well-known business and economics newspaper compiled its listing in partnership with Statista, who compiled a list of 188 leading consulting companies across multiple sectors. Integration received a four-star ranking and was mentioned in two sector categories.
Best Supply Chain Consultancy Award #3
Integration was awarded the 2018 Inbrasc Award for Best Supply Chain Consulting Firm for the third year in a row. The Inbrasc Awards are organized by the Brazilian Institute of Supply Chain. Integration was nominated to the “Suppliers of the Year” category by market professionals, and selected as this year’s winner by Live University’s executive and deliberative committees.
MCA Awards 2017
Best Project of the Year
From a selection of more than 1,000 projects, with 60 finalists spread across 25 categories, Integration was honored with two awards in 2017 from the prestigious Management Consultancies Association (MCA). In partnership with the Department of Investments and Trade (DIT) of the UK government, Integration won Best Change Management Project in the Public Sector, and also the highest of the MCA’s coveted awards: Best Project of 2017! Never in the history of the organization has a Brazilian-born company come close to this accomplishment, and we are extremely proud of this achievement.
Best Supply Chain Consultancy Award #2
For the second year in a row, Integration won Best Supply Chain Consultancy of 2017!
Best Supply Chain Consultancy Award
Integration won Best Supply Chain Consultancy at the 2016 Inbrasc Awards, which is sponsored by the Brazilian Supply Chain Institute. The award honors companies for completing innovative, results-driven projects with their clients, and winners are selected from a comprehensive list of businesses in the Supply Chain and Purchasing sectors in Brazil.