Nicolas Ponset
Founder & CEO

Apart from driving the future direction of Aleron as a business, Nicolas also leads Aleron engagements, supporting senior managers to identify and manage critical organisational issues and key stakeholders. Leveraging his expertise in strategy and reorganisation gained from over 20 years across sectors, Nicolas brings a hands-on approach to any key strategic or operational issue faced by our clients.

Most recently, Nicolas helped a major UK charity design and implement a new organisational structure focused on customer needs. The improved processes and tools combined with internal skills development resulted in improved quality of support, efficiency gains and increased capacity for growth. Additionally the organisation is now fully aligned with the needs of their beneficiaries and has the right structure and processes in place to develop innovative solutions.

Prior to founding Aleron, Nicolas was a Director in Strategy & Business Development at JPMorgan. He worked with the senior leadership across regions on the international expansion (organic and M&A) of JPMorgan’s wholesale bank, product and market growth strategies and the performance improvement of several lines of business.

Previously, he held senior business development and line-role positions in both Accenture and IBM where he was involved in strategy development, large transformation programmes and outsourcing transactions. He also successfully restructured a global business unit over a 16-month period – restoring profitability through cost reduction initiatives and business refocusing.

Nicolas co-founded Machinable – a specialist consultancy that helps organisations shape and deliver practical machine learning solutions that yield real business benefit – and ChangeSquare – a corporate finance firm focused on impact investing.

Examples of recent work

  • Assisted a large charity to develop a new operating model that will make it more aligned with the needs of its beneficiaries and customers
  • Supported a UK volunteering organisation in developing a new 5 year growth strategy
  • Led an IT strategic review for a mid-sized charity, identifying opportunities to better support their beneficiaries and reduce cost significantly
  • Ran workshops for a UK Foundation to determine the impact monitoring model for both themselves and their grantees.
  • Developed and implemented a new performance management framework for a large charity
  • Developed and ran a training programme for senior managers, brining external experts and using various channels and tools to ensure effective capacity building
  • Ran group problem solving sessions with a global NGO to identify new sources of funding

Key skills

  • Strategy
  • Growth Strategy and Pricing Optimisation
  • Financial Modelling
  • Corporate Finance
  • Project and Stakeholder Management
  • Performance Improvement
  • Business Process Re-Engineering
  • Finance and Management Information

Nicolas graduated from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) and holds a Masters in Finance and Corporate Law. A French national, he is fluent in French and English. Nicolas is a trustee of Humanity & Inclusion UK, senior strategy advisor to Ashoka UK and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Nicolas Ponset

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