Brunswick strengthens its management capability in Europe with the appointment of Hakim El Karoui as Paris Office Head.
Brunswick Group, the strategic advisory firm focused on critical issues, today announced that Hakim El Karoui will join as a Partner and Paris Office Head on May 3, 2021. He will advise clients on a range of business-critical issues and will drive the continued growth of our Paris office.
Hakim brings a deep understanding of financial, political and social issues to Brunswick. He was previously a partner at Roland Berger, where he was responsible for public sector-focused work and the firm’s business in Africa. Prior to this, he spent five years in the Emerging Markets team at Rothschild & Cie where he advised on several high-profile deals in the telecommunications, financial services and pharmaceuticals sectors. Hakim spent four years working in French government, initially as an advisor to Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin and later as an advisor to Finance Minister Thierry Breton. Since 2016, he has been Managing Director of Volentia, a strategic consulting and investment company he founded. A Senior Fellow at the Montaigne Institute, Hakim is a highly respected voice particularly on inclusion and diversity related matters.
Neal Wolin, Chief Executive Officer, said: “I am delighted that Hakim is joining Brunswick as Paris Office Head. Hakim’s extensive understanding of the issues businesses face, combined with his management experience and impressive network, will be of huge value to colleagues and clients. We have an extremely strong team in Paris, and I look forward to its continued growth under Hakim’s leadership.”
Janos Goenczoel, European Managing Partner, said: “We’ve had an excellent start to the year in France. Hakim’s deep understanding of financial, political and social issues will meaningfully strengthen our highly experienced team in Paris. I am thrilled to welcome Hakim to Brunswick.”
On joining Brunswick, Hakim El Karoui said: “Brunswick is the leading global advisory firm on business-critical issues to many of the world’s largest organizations. I am excited to work with such incredibly talented and committed colleagues in Paris as we help our clients navigate some of the most pressing challenges facing businesses today.”
About Hakim El Karoui
In 2016 Hakim founded his own consulting and investment services company, where he advised clients on a diverse range of issues including M&A, crisis management, public affairs and employee engagement.
Prior to this, he was a partner at Roland Berger where he was co-head of the organization’s government advisory and Africa practices. While at Roland Berger, Hakim founded the Roland Berger Paris Institute (RBPI), a think-tank. Hakim spent five years as a core member of the Emerging Markets team at Rothschild & Cie, where he advised on several high-profile deals. In the early 2000s, Hakim spent four years working in French government, initially as an advisor to then Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin and later as an advisor to Finance Minister Thierry Breton.
Hakim graduated from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Fontenay-Saint-Cloud with a PhD in geography and a post graduate diploma in geopolitics. In 2004, Hakim founded the “club XXIème siècle”, an organisation that brings together 350 French decision makers across politics, finance, business, law and medicine. In 2008, he founded Young Mediterranean Leaders, a network of young professionals from the northern and southern Mediterranean region.
Brunswick is a strategic advisory firm focused on critical issues. Our purpose is to help the great value-creating organizations of the world play a more successful role in society. We advise on critical issues at the center of business, politics and society, and help our clients – the leaders of large, complex organizations – understand and navigate these interconnected worlds. Brunswick is one firm globally, operating as a single profit center. This allows us to respond seamlessly and effectively to clients’ needs wherever they are in the world.
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