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Gate One is pleased to announce the promotions of Caro Ruttledge and Umbar Shakir to partner.

Caro is Gate One’s culture and change lead, and Umbar leads the consultancy’s digital and data offering. In a challenging market where businesses are increasingly redesigning their employee and customer experiences, harnessing the power of technology and data, and supporting people to perform in times of continuous change, Caro and Umbar’s promotions strengthen Gate One’s ability to serve its clients globally. Their depth of experience in people change and digital transformation, respectively, represent Gate One’s commitment to solving the problems clients are facing – both now and in the future.

Since joining Gate One, both Caro and Umbar have made a significant impact, combining their passion for building lasting – and very human – client relationships, with supporting the professional development of the team. Caro and Umbar are both fierce advocates for diversity, equality and inclusion, and are proud to represent a range of communities within Gate One at a strategic level.

Caro said: “At Gate One, we foster a culture that makes us stand out from our competitors. It’s what originally attracted me to the company – a team that encourages deep collaboration, and a blend of innovation and pragmatism that the consulting market needs today. It means a lot to me to help lead a business that is challenging old consulting norms and building something special for our clients and global team. I have the privilege of leading an incredible team of passionate consultants who pour their intellect and energy into helping clients redesign their change and culture approaches for today’s context – and hopefully, enjoy the journey along the way.”

Umbar said: “I’m thrilled to join the partnership at such a collaborative and inclusive firm. Having been a part of the team from the very beginning, it’s been a joy to see Gate One grow while retaining such a standout culture. I’m passionate about reshaping our clients’ digital and data ambitions, and excited to support the company as we continue to enable business leaders to understand the true power of digital and push forward with designing digital-first transformations.”

Tim Phillips, managing partner of Gate One, said: “I’m pleased to welcome Caro and Umbar to the partnership. Not only are they recognised experts in their fields, they’re also among Gate One’s biggest advocates for an inclusive culture. The success of our partnership, and the wider business, relies upon new perspectives and respected voices, and these promotions bring exactly this to our global team.”

Tim Phillips

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