CONSULTING: WHERE ARE YOU IN THE
PROCESS AS YOU TAKE OVER AS U.S.
KANDE: Right now, I’m in the process of
putting together a leadership team and I started
doing the job a few weeks ago. I’m just getting
a feel for the business and the complexity of the
business. I don’t know if you know but we took
our consulting business in the U.S. and merged
it with our consulting business in China and
Japan. What I effectively lead is the advisory
business in the U.S., as well as the advisory
businesses in China, Japan and Mexico. They
are one combined organization and I’m the
CEO of that business. This has been in effect
for a little while and it’s how PwC is operating
its consulting business now.
CONSULTING: WHAT’S BEEN THE BIGGEST
EYE-OPENER IN THIS ROLE SO FAR?
KANDE: I have been part of the Advisory
leadership team for the last five years so I had
a pretty good idea of the Advisory business. I
used to run the Technology, Media and Telecoms
business so I had the advantage of having a
technology background, which I think is helping,
a lot. Technology crossed all sectors so I had
a pretty good idea of what was happening in
those sectors. If one thing surprised me, I would
say it’s being able to clearly see the enormous
potential we have of not only growing our
business here in the U.S. but also growing it
across borders. It’s not just about growing our
business in the U.S. but also in those other areas
I mentioned—China, Japan and Mexico. I’m
very happily surprised by the potential I see in
the business. I’m also happy to report that I’m
better able to see what a great team we have at
PwC, and that makes a big difference.
CONSULTING: WHAT’S BEEN YOUR TOP
PRIORITY SINCE TAKING OVER?
KANDE: My first priority is all about clients
and making sure that we continue to work
together they way we should. We have a lot of
different competencies within PwC and making
sure we don’t miss a beat in the market is a big
priority for me. Our clients keep coming to us
to help them solve their biggest problems, and
Mohamed Kande is PwC’s new U.S. Advisory Leader and
says the firm’s recent success is just the beginning. He
says PwC is perfectly positioned to serve clients in this
new “Technology Industrial Revolution”.
On July 1, Mohamed Kande took over as U.S. Advisory Leader for PwC.
In that role, he oversees the firm’s consulting practice made up of U.S.,
Japan, China and Mexico. In 2015, PwC Advisory grew by 18 percent and
accounted for some $11.2 billion of revenue. Advisory services now accounts
for nearly one third of all PwC revenue. Prior to this new role, Kande was
PwC’s U.S. and Global Advisory Leader for the Technology, Media, Telecoms,
and Hospitality industry sectors. His expertise spans the areas of operational
strategy, technology development, mergers and acquisitions, and operations
management. Before joining PwC in August 2011, Kande was the Managing
Partner of PRTM Management Consultants’ Europe, Middle East and South Asia
business. Kande comes from a multi-cultural background, is fluent in French, and
has accumulated a very diverse international business experience. Consulting
sat down with him right as he officially took over his new role last month.