Canback is led by an Executive Committee:
- Staffan Canback, Managing Director and Chair of Executive Committee
- Jon Mayes, Vice President and Chair of Marketing sub-Committee
- Arshad Abba, Vice President and Head of South Africa and SSA consulting
- Alex van Kemenade, Head of China consulting
- Caleb Darsch, Head of European Consulting
- Bobo Shen, Head of C-GIDD, Secretary of the Executive Committee
- Ying Li, Chair of Financial sub-Committee
- Nitya Rajgopal, Chair of Operations sub-Committee
Dr. Canback is the founder and managing director of Canback. He has been a management consultant for more than 30 years. His consulting work focuses on issues relevant to CEOs of large corporations. This includes corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, organizational performance, board / corporate leadership dynamics, and corporate finance.
Between 1984 and 1994, Dr. Canback was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in Scandinavia, where he was elected partner in 1989. He worked primarily in the insurance and industrial manufacturing sectors. He was a partner at Monitor Company from 1994 till 2002 and served, among other duties, as global head of the financial services practice. He further consulted extensively in the telecom sector.
Dr. Canback received his doctorate from Henley Management College/Brunel University. His dissertation, “Bureaucratic Limits of Firm Size: Empirical Analysis Using Transaction Cost Economics,” received first prize in the European Doctoral Dissertation Competition in 2003. Dr. Canback also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School which he attended as a Fulbright scholar, and an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology where he graduated summa cum laude.
He is a regular contributor on TV and radio, and is featured in print articles around the world..
Jon is Vice President at Canback and an expert in consumer-facing industries. He has extensive experience in strategic modelling and has led many market entry, M&A and growth projects at the firm. Recently, Jon’s client at a global insights team won an award for Best Competitive and Market Insight project based exclusively on work done by his team.
Before joining Canback, Jon was a consultant with AlixPartners and Charles River Associates. Jon holds an MSc in Economics and a BSc in Mathematics from Carnegie Mellon university.
Arshad is a Vice President at Canback responsible for the Africa and Middle East Region. He has extensive experience in risk management and strategy development, having led many market entry, growth and organizational design projects at the firm.
He has worked on the ground across Sub-Saharan Africa and has extensive experience in financial services, retail and FMCG. Before joining Canback he was a member of the Barclays Africa Risk Executive Committee.
He also spend a considerable amount of time previously working at the South Africa Central Bank, Ernst & Young and Deloitte. He has an MBA from the Milpark Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce from Wits University in Johannesburg.