Hydrock appoints former KPMG Partner and Board Member, Ronnie McCombe as Non-Executive Chairman

Date: 12/11/2020
Author: Jonathan Mamczynski
Company: Hydrock

As non-executive Chairman, Ronnie will work with Hydrock’s existing Board to drive forward the next stage of the company’s growth. Ronnie’s vast experience of working with innovative and fast growth companies, as well as his knowledge of acquisition programmes, will bring great value to Hydrock as the company continues to extend its UK and international footprint.

In his career with KPMG, Ronnie led global multi-disciplinary client service teams advising FTSE-listed companies on their assets, their human capital and on major transformational programmes for their brands.

Speaking about Ronnie’s appointment, Hydrock’s Chief Executive, Dr Brian McConnell said: “We are delighted to have attracted someone of Ronnie’s calibre to our business. With his track record in executive management, his knowledge of consulting and people businesses and his experience of growing multi-disciplinary client service teams, he will be a real asset to us both around the boardroom table and also into the business as we continue to establish ourself as the advisor of choice with our clients.

“I look forward to working with Ronnie to deepen our relationship with clients and offer even greater value, especially around the energy and sustainability agenda.”

Commenting on his appointment, Ronnie McCombe said: “In a consulting business, the importance of people and culture cannot be under-estimated. There is a vibrancy about Hydrock’s brand, and the growth they’ve achieved, even in this toughest of years, is a credit to everyone in the business. I’m excited to work with the team to offer my experience on how to continue to evolve the brand, grow client relationships, extend multi-disciplinary delivery and act as a link to a range of FTSE and public sector organisations.

“I’m naturally delighted to be given this opportunity to work with the Board and be part of the team shaping the next exciting chapter in Hydrock’s development.”

Trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen in Ireland, Ronnie McCombe has worked internationally and held a number of senior leadership roles at KPMG in London for over 20 years.

In 2019, after serving on the UK Board of KPMG, Ronnie left to start a non-executive career. He currently has a number of Chair/NED roles with private equity backed growth companies specialising in professional services consultancy and human capital with a reputation for disrupting traditional business models in their sectors.