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Lazare is led by a team of senior practitioners who have managed and grown creative, consulting, and technology businesses in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. All of us have lived or operated outside of our home countries for years, which has helped us hone a decidedly international perspective and a naturally collaborative style.

 
André Coste

 

Before creating Lazare Consulting LLC at the end of 2016, André was EVP - Chief Operating Officer of MDC Partners, Inc. a $1.3 billion communication group headquartered in NYC (Nasdaq: MDCA) from 2013-2016. He was instrumental to MDC's rapid internationalization and in re-defining the strategy of the 35+ Partner Agencies portfolio.

Prior to moving to the US, Andre spent 9 years at Publicis Groupe, the world's 3rd largest communication group (Euronext: PUB.PA). He began as Asia-Pacific CFO before becoming Global CFO of Publicis Worldwide in 2008.

André has always been passionate about discovering new cultures so it's no surprise that he brings 30 years of international experience having worked and lived in several countries in Asia, Europe and now the USA. He has done business, led teams and completed M&A deals in 50+ markets.

André began his career as an investment banker at Paribas Capital Markets in Japan and then moved into several Treasury, Financial Communication and Corporate Finance positions before being appointed CFO across several industries (Consulting and IT, Travel, Packaging and Manufacturing). 

He graduated from the ESSEC MBA (France) after spending a year as a student at Yonsei University in Seoul and Hong Kong University.

 
Patrick Collins

 

Patrick joined Andre at Lazare Consulting in 2017 after helping launch Grace Blue Acquisition, a boutique global advisory practice designed to let M&A clients in the creative communications space proactively evaluate and engage with the best potential partners versus only those known to be “for sale”. 

Prior to Lazare, Patrick spent 20+ years in and around the advertising industry.  A graduate of Dartmouth College, he started in the business at DDB Chicago and, over the course of his career, has led a broad range of clients at agencies as diverse as RPA in Los Angeles and M&C Saatchi in London. His experience at Ogilvy leading the BP global business sparked his interest in the inherent creative and operational challenge of big, complex, global brand relationships. And his move to TBWA let him do that at even greater scale, as the head of their global relationships with Mars, Visa, and Accenture. 

Patrick left the advertising world in 2013 to scratch an entrepreneurial itch and take on a role as brand and marketing director for two small West Coast technology-driven start-ups – Project Frog and SimpliPhi Power. He remains a Board Advisor for SimpliPhi.

Although based in New York, Patrick commutes from his home in Chicago.  Which, unfortunately, means he is no stranger to rolling delays in the summer and cancelled flights in the winter.  But worth it, to see the Cubs finally win a World Series.

Julien Marzouk

 

Julien has over 15 years of management consulting experience in growth strategy, market entry and mergers & acquisitions. He is the Managing Partner of Kinesis Partners, a boutique consulting firm that specializes in helping European companies achieve organic and external growth in the US.

Prior to co-founding Kinesis Partners, Julien was the Head of the Strategy Consulting team in New York at Altios International, where he worked with international companies building growth and go-to-market strategies for their US expansion.

Prior to moving to the US, Julien worked as a Strategy Consultant at Advention Business Partners, a spin-off of Bain in Paris, France, where he assisted Fortune 500 corporations and private equity firms with strategic market reviews, corporate strategies and pre-acquisition commercial due diligence. 

Julien has a passion for solving puzzles and co-creating strategies with organizations in different industries (Technology, CPG & Retail, Manufacturing and Life Sciences). He began his career as a Business Journalist for CNBC Europe, working on identifying investment opportunities in Africa and in the Middle East. He has lived and worked in more than 10 countries.

Julien holds an MBA in Corporate Strategy from Bocconi University (Italy) and NBS (France) and a degree in Leadership Development from Columbia University (US).

 
 
Gary Wenzel

 

Gary joined Lazare Consulting in 2019, returning to the Marketing Communications world after taking time off to earn a Masters of Science in Applied Analytics from Columbia University.  He brings a range of experience in operating roles, and a unique perspective on how clients use data analytics to fundamentally alter the way they go to market.

Gary spent the majority of his career in Advertising, including 11 years with TBWA in global leadership roles in both Asia and Europe.  As the top global executive leading TBWA’s largest client, Gary helped Nissan management successfully navigate a period of massive change during the creation of the Renault-Nissan alliance.  TBWA asked Gary stay on in Japan to lead struggling Tokyo office, where he implemented a dramatic rethink of the Japan operations by forging a unique joint-venture with HAKUHODO, a move that helped a loss-making operation turn into one that has been recognized as the top agency in Asia 9 times in 10 years.

After 8 years in Tokyo, Gary returned to the U.S. as President of TBWA\Worldhealth, where he helped the network’s relatively new healthcare offering build operational infrastructure, a global network, and add depth to its leadership ranks.

Gary is a graduate of Stanford University and, in addition to his MS in Applied Analytics from Columbia, he received his MBA from UCLA.

 
Julie Comer

 

Originally from Paris, Julie joined Lazare Consulting in 2019 as a Financial & Market Associate after graduating from EDHEC Business School in France and earning a master's degree in finance from IIM Udaipur in India. While studying at EDHEC, Julie interned as a management controller at the luxury goods manufacturer Hermes in Paris followed by a stint as a financial analyst at Adwanted, a start-up in New York. Between living in the East Village, riding the subway, and getting used to ice coffee even in the winter, Julie is fast becoming a native New Yorker.

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