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Previous business strategy consultant for Ernst & Young in the Asia Pacific region talks employee engagement

Abisheg Elijah

 Abisheg Elijah is responsible for Eliron Advisory’s ( Strategic Marketing Practice. He is currently helping HR tech start-ups that focus on employee engagement, performance management and leadership. He has consulted on business strategy for Ernst & Young in the Asia Pacific region and also worked with large Indian IT services firms – Infosys & Cognizant – and consulted for major US [...]

You’re Being Terminated.  How To Accept It And Move Forward

Michael VanBruaene

Michael VanBruaene

By Michael VanBruaene, Guest Blogger

Someone recently contacted me to ask my thoughts and suggestions as to what she should do upon being terminated after working for many years for a company.  Below is the email sent to her.  The name below is not her name. 

Dear Charlotte,

I’ve been terminated a [...]

Relationship Building From the Client’s Side of the Desk

Andrew Sobel New Headshot 2014

By Andrew Sobel, Big4 Guest Blogger

Thoughtful client feedback is always illuminating. Of course, you have to be careful about taking what just one client executive says works or doesn’t work when it comes to building long-term relationships, and generalize it to all clients. But, having interviewed over 1000 senior executives on this topic, it’s remarkable to me how consistent the [...]

Capgemini and Guidewire announce successful deployment of a new claims handling platform

Nigel Walsh

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Zurich’s UK General Insurance business has announced the successful deployment of a new claims handling platform through Capgemini and Guidewire Software. This first phase of a multi-year project is focused at transforming claims processing, reducing costs, and improving Zurich’s customer experience across the UK with Capgemini, the primary systems integrator, responsible for the end-to-end solution [...]

EY’s New Pension Risk Practice Lead Opens Up

Brad Howard

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

Brad Howard recently joined EY to help lead their pension risk practice. He has over fifteen years of experience consulting with retirement plan sponsors and insurance providers. Brad advises clients’ CFOs, CHROs, and Market Innovation functions regarding different human capital and related finance matters. These include actuarial services, pension funding and risk strategies, plan terminations, [...]

Merger further expands Capgemini’s footprint in North America


By Rob Starr, Content Manager

When Capgemini recently announced they had entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire IGATE for a cash consideration of $48 per share, North America effectively became the largest region by revenue for the Paris Headquartered, IT services organization. IGATE is a prominent US-listed technology and services company headquartered in New Jersey with 2014 revenues [...]

Business ecosystems fuelling fundamental transition: Deloitte

Eamonn Kelly

By Rob Starr,, Content Manager

Aptly titled, Deloitte’s latest Business Trends Report: Business Ecosystems Come of Age, underscores the fact that most aspects of the modern business are under continual pressure to evolve in an ever changing global network to survive, coexist and compete. Mike Canning, National Managing Director of Deloitte Consulting LLP’s Strategy & Operations practice, and Eamonn [...]

PwC Breaks Down Financial Stress By Generation

Kent Allison

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

PwC’s Employee Financial Wellness Survey took a look at the financial and retirement wellbeing of working U.S. adults by looking at the responses from more than 1,700 full-time employees. The survey found, among other things, financial stress and retirement readiness concerns linger and that each working generation had a particular subset of concerns. Kent Allison, [...]

We Talk With WeiserMazars’ New Health Care Practice Leader

Debra Bornstein


By Rob Starr, Content Manager.

WeiserMazars LLP announced recently that as part of its ongoing national expansion of the Health Care Practice it has named Principal Debra Bornstein as the new leader of the Health Care Practice replacing Ken Fischer. We were able to ask her a few questions via email about her new role and where WeiserMazars’ Health Care [...]

EY’s Q1 technology M&A report shows the more things change, the less they stay the same

Jeffrey Liu

By Rob Starr, Content Manager       

As soon as Jeff Liu, Global Sector Head, Technology – Transaction Advisory Services for EY, starts talking about the results and trends from his firm’s Q1 technology M&A report, old axioms like  the famous one from Alphonse Karr start falling away at the hands of new catchphrases like disruptive technologies.

First, he offers a perspective for [...]

Protiviti Announces Latest Version Of Its Governance Portal That Helps Companies Drive Governance, Risk and Compliance Productivity

Scott Wisniewski

By Rob Starr, Content Manager


Protiviti’s Governance Portal 4.3 has been designed to increase the efficiency with which organizations accomplish governance, risk and compliance (GRC) tasks across multiple business units and projects. As well, this latest offering has also been updated to help customers better align their controls with the COSO (Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission) [...]

Federal Student Aid Programs Get Further Accenture Help

Ed Meehan

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Accenture Federal Services a decade long, $966 million contract. This continuation centers around operations and maintenance of the federal financial aid system that helps make college a reality for millions of students and their families. Accenture has been working with the department on the [...]

EY Center for Board Matters 2015 proxy season insights tackles shareholder activism

Jamie Carroll

By Rob Starr, Content Manager.

The EY Center for Board Matters recently conversed with 50 institutional investors, investor associations and advisors on their corporate governance views and priorities. They also  gained insights from investors, directors and other stakeholders through proxy season dialogue dinners. The recent surge in shareholder activism continues to keep boards on alert heading into the 2015 [...]

Federal Agencies See Benefits of Digital Tools But Still Have Concerns: Accenture

Christopher Zinner

By Rob Starr, Content Manager

According to survey research conducted by  Accenture Federal Services and Government Business Council, federal agencies report positive outcomes from digital services, but remain concerned over budget constraints and implementation costs. Chris Zinner, who leads Accenture’s digital work with federal agencies, supplied some answers to our questions recently.

What was the impetus for Delivering [...]

To Advance In Your Job Think And Work Beyond Your Job Description

Michael VanBruaene

By Michael VanBruaene, Guest Blogger

Too much concern and focus on our job title and description, along with its compensation, can limit our professional and personal growth, and compensation.  How we go about our work should be grounded in what motivates us, who we are and want to be, how we are fulfilled.  With this perspective, job descriptions and compensation become [...]