SECOR merges with RPO Management Consultants

    
    Canada's largest independent strategy consultancy positioned for further
    international growth
    

TORONTO, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - SECOR announced today it was merging with RPO Management Consultants, bringing together two of Canada's most successful strategic management consulting firms under the SECOR name. The move will strengthen SECOR's leadership position in Canada and will create a stronger foundation for continued international competitiveness and growth.

Recognized for delivering superior client service and winning strategies, SECOR has built a name for itself amongst large global corporations, multi-nationals, domestic companies and government agencies as a nimble and progressive consulting firm.

SECOR, founded 35 years ago in Montreal, has recently expanded in leading markets by opening offices in New York, Paris, Ho Chi Minh City, Toronto and Quebec City. With the addition of RPO, Vancouver will be added to the list.

SECOR has found a complementary partner in RPO, a company with a ten-year history of success in applying a highly analytic approach to clients' strategic issues. The combined company will now boast more than 170 employees in Canada, the United States, France and Vietnam.

"SECOR and RPO have both built solid reputations as firms that focus on the long-term success of their clients. This has resulted in lasting and trust-based relationships," says Yves Roy, CEO SECOR. "This merger ensures SECOR will be able to recruit additional high performing consultants who will enhance the entrepreneurial and pragmatic approach we take to our consulting work."

"This merger is about growth; it's about providing our clients with access to a larger global pool of talented consultants, deeper experience in key sectors and expert strength in a broader array of service areas," says Stephen Jones, a founding partner of RPO.

Together the two firms' best practices and capabilities complement each other. SECOR and RPO have strong practices in consulting offerings such as strategy, marketing, corporate finance, and strategy implementation support. Additionally, each firm has a growing practice in the arena of environmental sustainability.

SECOR and RPO each bring expertise in financial services, communications and media, resources, energy and transportation. RPO's expertise in public sector consulting as well as health care significantly adds to the SECOR knowledge base.

About SECOR

SECOR is a leading international strategy boutique with a winning reputation amongst business leaders. Our headquarters are in Montreal, with our other offices located in Paris, Toronto, and New York. SECOR has been helping businesses - including leading global corporations, subsidiaries of leading multi-nationals, large domestic companies and government agencies - for over 30 years. Our clients are top business leaders in sophisticated companies who recognize us as efficient, innovative and results-oriented.

About RPO

RPO is a management consultancy founded by three academic researchers - two were co-founders of the Centre for Operations Excellence at the University of British Columbia, and the other went on to join the Finance Faculty at the University of California, Berkeley. Headquarters are in Vancouver and there is an office in Toronto. We work on our clients' most important initiatives - those that aim to substantially shape their strategy, organization and operations. By undertaking engagements that examine all aspects of their business, we help them dramatically increase performance.

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For further information: For further information: James Buchanan, SECOR, (416) 204-7696, jbuchanan@secorgroup.com; Patrick Erlich, Media Profile, (416) 342-1835, patrick.erlich@mediaprofile.com

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