Proudfoot, the international management consultancy, has appointed Davidson Pavitt as European regional president. He is to assist the development of Proudfoot’s European client base and service offering. The company specialises in delivering profitability improvements to all types of businesses.

Kevin Simons moves from the position of head of audit at Barclays Bank to the role of director in the business risk practice at Ernst & Young. Simons was previously at Price Waterhouse, working with experts in artificial intelligence.

The insurance consultancy, Winchester White, has made two changes to its practice. Nick Bromfield joins as a principal consultant and will deal with client projects. He comes from Coopers & Lybrand where he was a senior consultant. Paul Martin is promoted from within the company to become a principal consultant.

Arthur D Little has appointed a new associate director to lead two of its practices in France. Fabrizio Verdiani Colmant joins the consulting firm to head its strategy and organisation and mergers and acquisitions practices. He joins after founding and directing the Benelux office of a consulting firm. His has experience of pan-European development strategies, privatisations and expansion into new markets.

KPMG has announced the promotion of Ian McLeod, Graham Nixon and Malcolm Stirling to partner level within its IT consulting practice. The moves are the result of an increase in demand for IT consulting due to factors such as the millennium bug and preparation for the Euro. The firm has also appointed six new directors for its IT consulting practice. In a separate move, John Maloney transfers from the Unisys Corporation to the position of executive consultant at KPMG’s government and healthcare consulting group.

Move of the month

Former GHN employee, Susan Bloch is joining Hay Management Consultants to lead its executive coaching practice. She is a organisational change specialist and recently co-authored Employability.

What would you do with an extra hour in the day?

Work with non-profit organisations to help the homeless.

Which company do you most admire?

Sony UK – it has prepared itself for future economic conditions by investing in people and is better able to survive, say, the Asian crisis.

What is your greatest professional achievement?

Changing the recruitment practice at ITT Sheraton.

What is your greatest professional regret?

Not joining ITT Sheraton HQ in Boston when the opportunity arose.

What is the biggest challenge consultants face?

To align themselves with the client and treat them with respect.

What was your most recent cultural experience?

Falling in love with the Picassos at the Orangerie gallery in Paris.

How do you relax?

Salsa dancing and listening to jazz.

Which organisation would you like to turn around?

A household financial institution.

Which two words turn your stomach?

Can’t do.

In conversation with Martin Coyle.

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