HOUSTON—The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) announced the promotion of five executives in its Houston office—Jeffrey Shaddix, Laura Juliano, Marie-Hélène Ben Samoun, Matthew Abel, and Mike Lyons—to partner and managing director. The appointments, made in 2016, further broadened the industry depth and global reach of BCG’s Houston office, which recently celebrated its tenth year in the city and has doubled in size over the past three years to encompass a staff of more than 100 professionals from highly diverse backgrounds.
“The continued expansion of our leadership team within BCG’s Houston office is a direct result of this team’s efforts to capitalize on the abundance of opportunities the market is presenting, not just in energy but also in several other industries including consumer goods, retail, and industrial goods,” said Alan Thomson, a BCG senior partner and the head of the firm’s Energy practice globally. “Partners are essential contributors to the culture and identity of BCG, and these intellectual leaders have brought fresh thinking to this office and to our firm. They are excellent examples of the tight link between leadership and value creation that we champion internally and to our clients.”
In their roles, these individuals are responsible for driving BCG’s business, developing existing client relationships and forging new ones, influencing clients’ agendas by recognizing new trends, and delivering original solutions that make a difference.
Shaddix, who also leads the Community Engagement and Social Impact initiatives for BCG’s Houston office, primarily serves clients in the retail and consumer product sectors, covering a wide range of topics. With more than 11 years of experience with BCG, he helps clients develop a deeper understanding of their customers’ values, behaviors, and unmet needs and utilize this information to drive profitable, sustained growth.
Juliano has more than a decade of experience with BCG, serving clients across industrial sectors with a particular focus on aerospace and defense and automotive. Her expertise is operations, including supply chain and complexity reduction, postmerger integration, and aftermarket/sustainment strategy. She leads BCG’s Operations Center in Houston—one of ten global operations centers that serve as a hub for comprehensive operations support—and offers tailored, fully integrated solutions to optimize operations for long-term success. In addition, Juliano is the lead for BCG North America’s Operations Network of Women.
Ben Samoun primarily works across the energy sector, with a particular focus on upstream oil and gas, and has more than a decade of experience. She began her career in BCG’s Paris office and spent five years in Brazil before transferring to the Houston office. Ben Samoun has led several large capex and opex optimization programs for deep water and unconventional assets. She also leads the digital topic in oil and gas for North America and both the Women at BCG and Diversity & Inclusion initiatives for the Houston office.
Abel works across the upstream and downstream sectors within oil and gas, where he addresses a wide variety of operational and strategy topics for clients. His recent work has focused on driving value and change in large transformation programs for unconventional and liquid natural gas operators. He began his career in Houston and has recently returned after working in BCG’s San Francisco office, having served clients across North America and Asia-Pacific.
Lyons’s experience includes serving clients predominantly in the upstream and downstream oil and gas sectors. He has worked for BCG for 12 years, and his projects have allowed him to collaborate with global teams in more than 20 countries and across five continents. Within the oil and gas sector, he has worked across the entire energy value chain and has developed specific capabilities in the refining, upstream, and corporate function subsectors. In addition, Lyons supports other oil and gas and mining clients, utilizing his functional areas of expertise in operations, maintenance, and large-scale transformation.
“Houston is one of the fastest-growing offices in North America for BCG, and Jeffrey, Laura, Marie-Hélène, Matthew, and Mike now have the chance to do even more for their colleagues and our clients in their expanded roles, thanks to their sound business instinct and judgment and their ability to lead, persuade, and make change happen,” said Andrea Ostby, a BCG partner and the head of BCG’s Houston office.
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