The name O plc stems from a "phonetic" play on the name of the founder (in French, Haut is pronounced O), and encapsulates the initials of Performance, Leadership and Change, the areas of concentration of its consulting services.
In the logo, O is represented by one version of the Greek capital letter Omega which indicates a purpose of completion and globality (Omega is the last letter of the Greek alphabet: from Alpha to Omega - from A to Z).
ALAIN HAUT - MANAGING PARTNER Alain Haut, Belgian, has a MSc in Economics and in Social Sciences from the University Notre-Dame de la Paix in Namur (Belgium) complemented by post-graduate studies in Business Administration at the University of Warwick (United Kingdom).
Before turning to consulting and academia, Alain Haut enjoyed a 35-year corporate career with increasing responsible human resources executive positions first in industry with Federal-Mogul, Valenite and GTE, then in health care with Serono, Covance and Ipsen. In the last two companies, he held the top global human resources position reporting to the Chief Executive Officer. Alain also worked in quality, project and general management. Alain lived and worked in Belgium, United Kingdom, Switzerland, United States, France and Greece.
A certified Coach and Transition Manager, Alain Haut consults in the fields of performance, leadership, change and cross-cultural management as well as all aspects of human resources, specifically talent management, executive assessment and recruitment.
In academia, Professor Haut teaches international business, leadership and human resources management in five business schools in Switzerland, France and Ukraine. Alain is also Corporate Peer Reviewer for the EQUIS and EPAS accreditations granted by EFMD (European Foundation for Management Development) and a corporate member of the EPAS Accreditation Board.
MARC CARON - SENIOR PARTNER
What I do and for whom in a nutshell
Following a successful career in global organizations, Dr Marc Caron, Canadian and Swiss, offers his comprehensive management and leadership expertise to SME’s, entrepreneurs and technical experts transitioning to leadership positions. In addition to his academic teaching in international business schools, Marc helps leaders and organizations in their strategic choices, and in enabling talents, projects and organisational changes. His creative and pragmatic approach has been useful to many type of organizations and industries, from sports organizations to health care groups (medical labs, pharmaceutical research, medical clinics, senior in-home care, retirement homes), as well as accounting and constructions firms.
Born in Quebec, Canada, Marc moved in Switzerland in 1988 to complete a Ph.D. in Biology. After three years of post-doctorate research in industry, while also pursuing a basketball coach career in 1st division Swiss national leagues until 2001, Marc started a corporate career in the health industry where, over the years, he enjoyed progressive executive positions with Covance, a world leader contract research organisation servicing pharmaceutical global corporations: starting from Project Manager in charge of major global accounts to Director of Global Project Management, and then up to Head of Global Process Improvement, Member of the Global Operating Committee. In 2007, after 12 years at Covance, Marc took the opportunity to join a Swiss pharmaceutical research & development company, Debiopharm International, where, in addition to coaching project managers, he managed the development of many products. Thanks to his process improvement expertise, he also actively contributed to streamlining project management processes and designed the corporate outsourcing strategy. In 2013, Dr. Caron moved into consulting and academia, focusing on health and sports organizations, as well as SME. His principal areas of counsel are strategy, change management, coaching & people development, executive targeted selection, performance assessment, team building and, of course, project management & process improvement. In academia, Dr. Caron is teaching in two Swiss business schools, at the bachelor, master and DBA levels in his various areas of specialty listed above, plus Sports Management. Marc Caron is also a Board Member of Fondation Ressource, a Swiss foundation managing institutions dedicated to treatment of drug addictions.
Education and certifications
In addition to his Ph.D. in Biology (University of Lausanne), Marc has advanced certificates in Talent Management, in Executive Development (IMD, Switzerland); in Health Economics, in Healthcare Management (University of Lausanne); in Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (Six Sigma Academy) and in Project Management (HERMES 5). Dr Caron is also a certified consultant Leonardo 3.4.5 and recognized as a « Senior Executive » by the Swiss Managers Association.
JOHN HOWELLS - SENIOR PARTNER
John Howells, from US origin, is a Swiss citizen who exemplifies the vocational training and internal education process of the Swiss banking system: he joined the then SBC as an apprentice in 1974 at the age of 15 to end up, as of 2003, an Executive Director with UBS (that had merged with SBC in 1998).
He successively worked in the following departments/functions: Trainee in a Swiss German branch for two years, Trainer for retraining people and apprentices during a period of three years. Retail banker in various downtown branches, first as Deputy and then Branch Manager. He then joined the Private Banking Sector, where he dedicated most of his career, first as Country Team Head and member of the Senior Management Team. He also worked as Sales Manager for the Benelux, Senior Client Advisor in the Global Financial Intermediaries Sector, as well as Risk Process Specialist and Business Risk Manager
With a career spanning both specialized individual contributor and team management positions, John is a well-rounded financial executive experienced in both domestic and foreign markets. He has been directly exposed to the responsibility of profit centers as well as staff responsibility, most particularly in troubled times of foreign accounts attraction and retention restrictions within the Swiss banking industry after 2010.
Concurrently to his professional activities, John, between 2001 and 2010, served as Member of the Municipal Executive of Vich, a village near Nyon, and Board Member of SEIC SA, Gland, as representative of Vich.
John has permanently used his trilingual skills (French, German and English) during all his activities: he is recognized as a very skillful negotiator, team player, ethical decision-maker as well as a digital techniques expert user.
After a 42 year banking career, John has opted to an early retirement. In March 2018 he successfully achieved the ICF Accredited Coach Training Program at Wakan-SIB. Since then he devotes his time to training and education in the largest possible sense. He is since July 2018, Board Member of Sagefor, an Independent Asset Manager established in 1936. He is also a volunteer driver for Bus Handicap Nyon.