Bridge Business Consulting, a Sydney-based data and analytics specialist, has been acquired by Ernst & Young for an undisclosed sum.
The purchase, which comes just a month after Bridge’s 10th anniversary, will see 19 data and analytics professionals join EY’s Business Solutions team. Bridge co-founders John Desmond and Robert Mazevski have been named partners.
“The acquisition of Bridge further strengthens our ability to help our clients transform their businesses with data and analytics,” said Cameron Wall, EY’s APAC Managing Partner for Data and Analytics.
Established in Sydney in 2012 and with another outlet in Melbourne, Bridge provides strategy, engineering and data management services as well as analytics and artificial intelligence offerings to clients across a wide range of sectors, including consumer, retail, financial services and telecommunications among others.
“Bridge is no stranger to us – we have worked together over the years and seeing them in action and the similarity in our approach to clients and the way we work gives us a lot of confidence that we will be a great team.”
Earlier this year, Bridge Business Consulting was named one of the top ten professional services workplaces by AFR and Boss magazine.
“This is a great opportunity for us to continue to make our business an even stronger proposition for our employees and our customers,” said Mazevski, co-founder and managing partner of Bridge. “Our team is excited about the breadth and range of opportunities they will have access to by being part of EY, where connections across the world will open up even more interesting and challenging client engagements for us.”
Joining as a partner will not be Mazevski’s first experience at a Big Four firm, having first started out for more than five years as a consultant at PwC – before becoming a senior management consultant at IBM Global Business. Services for another five years. While co-founder Desmond created Bridge after a stint at AMP, one of the company’s senior executives, Shaun Baker, will return to EY.
“We are delighted to have the Bridge team join EY,” said Steve Bingham, EY’s Head of Technology Consulting for Asia Pacific. “By bringing in new experienced data and analytics practitioners to complement EY’s existing Data & Analytics team, we are expanding our ability to serve our clients, while providing new opportunities to drive innovation. EY products and solutions.”