Meet the team

Our people are what set us apart.

Renat Akimbitov

Moscow, Russia

Astronomer, tables tennis king and Associate Principal

Associate Principal

Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics and Physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology

There is a popular joke about consulting in Russia. The rabbits were suffering a lot of threats in the forest. They decided to ask the owl for help. After a while the owl came up with a perfectly wise solution – rabbits should become hedgehogs because they’re too prickly to get hurt. The rabbits thanked the owl but, on their way, home it hit them that they have no idea how to become hedgehogs. So, they went back and asked the owl how they could make this transformation. The owl simply answered: “I have no clue. I don’t do solutions, I do strategy”.

This story is contrary to what Partners in Performance does. The most frequent word I heard, prior to joining, was: “results”. And when I started working here I saw that all those words about a constant focus on results were true. That’s why I joined Partners in Performance ; that’s why I love working here.

In my 12 months it’s unbelievable how much I've been exposed to, including one engagement I am particularly proud of, how we helped a Russian gold mine achieve almost 60% increase in production.

The value in what we help our clients achieve is simply infectious. This coupled with the values, which aren’t just skin deep but really do form the basis to how people behave and act on an everyday basis, makes it a great place to work. It’s one of the many things that make us a great team and allow us to constantly deliver high-quality results.

Partners in Performance unleashes not only the potential of the client’s people but also that of its own people. I continue to grow both professionally and personally while working with different people across different cultures.

Dimitri Spiliotis

Houston, Texas

Travel enthusiast, soccer player and Partner

Partner

MBA from INSEAD and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics (cum laude) from Harvard University

Several years ago I found myself leaving an operating role where I had the responsibility of closing down a business after six exciting, yet challenging, years as the general manager. In thinking of the next steps, I was torn between searching for a different operating role that would provide another valuable experience, and a consulting role offering all the intellectual stimulation and the diversity of experiences I had enjoyed at the start of my career in strategy consulting. The more I learned about Partners in Performance, the more it seemed to be offering everything that I was looking for. It has not disappointed.

In addition to developing a wonderful management skill set, I have participated meaningfully in numerous client success stories:

  • Achieving tens of millions of dollars of throughput improvement for a medium-sized copper mine
  • Reorganising and improving the effectiveness of a television sales force
  • Saving over $20m in costs for a gold-mining company in three months

One of the things I love about Partners in Performance is our relentless focus on results. It leads to a healthy, team effort to help the client improve as much as possible and, ironically, translates into less stress than I have experienced in other roles.

I also appreciate the rewarding relationships that I have developed with both colleagues and clients. Succeeding together with others is a very fulfilling experience.

Christine Janse van Rensburg

Johannesburg, South Africa

Fitness enthusiast, wine connoisseur and Associate Principal

Associate Principal

Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the North West University

While in an operational role, I heard of Consultants working in exciting places, doing really cool things and I wanted to be one of them! I was very interested in management consulting but at the same time also scared that I would end up in an environment where there is a lot of talk and recommendations, but no real results or value. While working in the line, you are exposed to Consultants who arrive on-site, make recommendations and then leave. Nothing changes, and the report of recommendations usually remains untouched. Partners in Performance caught my attention because of their strong focus on implementation, execution and the drive to really add value. Their reputation and slogan – “Rapid, sustainable results” made me think this is the place where I can do the exciting work and know that I have contributed to real value and results.

My time at Partners in Performance has been filled with a variety of experiences — several different clients, locations and problems which all contribute to invaluable exposure and personal growth. When working hand-in-hand with clients, coaching them throughout an engagement, you unleash your own potential as well as develop and empower others to achieve theirs. You leave a site with clients telling you that you changed their lives while knowing that you have personally grown significantly.

It is a place where you’ll have lots of fun with like-minded, interesting and smart people while being stretched to grow at a rapid pace. You ‘get down and dirty’ and see the value-add, helping people with implementation and empowering them to do it again.

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Alexander

Role: Associate Principal
Home base: Moscow, Russia
Education: BA in Economics from Moscow State University with a high distinction

Partners in Performance promotes camaraderie, compassion, and teamwork to get the job done. This makes it a one-of-a-kind place to work in the consulting industry.