Roland Berger opens Toronto office, welcomes two new partners in Canada

18 October 2019 3 min. read
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Munich-based management consultancy Roland Berger has expanded its Canadian operations with a new Toronto office. The consulting firm also welcomed two new partners to its Canada business: Rahul Gangal and Wim D’Hondt.

Roland Berger entered the Canadian market in 2012 with a Montreal office, and boasts a team of nearly 30 consultants in the country. The German-origin firm delivers strategy, operations, organizational, restructuring, and digital consulting services to a number of industries, including manufacturing, financial services, energy, transportation, aerospace, and chemicals.

The partner-owned consultancy draws on a network of 2,400 employees across 50+ offices in 36 countries.

The Toronto office marks Roland Berger’s 52nd global location. Alongside the office opening, the firm announced the arrival of partners Rahul Gangal and Wim D’Hondt in Canada, under the leadership of managing partner Dominique Gautier.

Roland Berger opens Toronto office, welcomes two new partners in Canada

Rahul Gangal joins the Toronto office from Roland Berger’s India operations, where he was partner since 2013. Gangal specializes in growth strategy, operational performance, turnarounds, and market entry/exit, with expertise across the auto, aerospace, defense, and infrastructure industries, among others.

Before Roland Berger, Gangal was a director at Aviotech, a boutique defense and aerospace advisory and private equity firm, and an EVP in the strategic advisory unit of Religare. Prior to that, he spend a number of years in Tata Group, including stints as a general manager of commercial and business development at Tata Industrial Services, and as a country manager in Africa for Tata Motors. Gangal holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade and a BA in economics from Delhi University.

Wim D’Hondt joins Roland Berger’s Montreal office from strategy firm Sisu Consulting, where he was a managing director in Quebec. He brings 20 years of experience in the fields of technology, media, and communication. Before Sisu, D’Hondt was a partner in the advisory practice of Momenta Partners, and was a principal in the technology, media, and telecom (TMT) practice of IBB Consulting Group.

D’Hondt spent nearly 12 years at advisory giant Accenture, where he was latterly the EMEA practice lead for wireless network technology. Before Accenture he held leadership roles at telecom firms Telus and Nokia. D’Hondt holds an MBA from the University of British Columbia as well as degrees in telecommunications engineering from the University of Ghent and the University of Darmstadt.

Commenting on the Toronto office and new partners, Dominique Gautier said "These initiatives represent another step in the firm's North American growth strategy and, in addition to the recent acquisition of the energy and utilities consulting firm Enovation Partners in the United States, will extend the firm's industry coverage in the local market."

Gautier became a managing partner at Roland Berger in January, having joined the Montreal office in 2016 as a senior partner. He joined the firm’s Paris office in 2000, going on to develop its operations in Morocco and then managing the firm’s government and public sector competence centre for Europe. Before Roland Berger, Gautier was a principal in the TMT and industrial practices of A.T. Kearney. He holds a master's degree in business management from HEC Paris, a degree in philosophy from Sorbonne University, and a degree in geopolitics from the Centre d'Études Diplomatique et Stratégique.