A.T. Kearney Europe


An ascendant descendent

As a consultancy, A.T. Kearney has a rich heritage that takes it back to the setup of McKinsey & Company and the arrival of consulting as a profession in 1920s Chicago. When James Oscar McKinsey set up his original firm in the city in 1926, one of the first partners he was to hire three years later was a certain fellow by the name of Andrew Thomas Kearney. Following McKinsey's death in 1939, the firm's two offices-based in New York and Chicago-split, with Kearney taking the latter and focusing the company's attention on operations and manufacturing.

Today, that office has become a monster of a firm, with a truly global reach; it has offices in 40 countries across the world. And, of course, as it has grown over its nearly 90-year history, the company has diversified its operations. Now boasting a workforce of some 2,300 consultants, it proudly focuses on what it calls "CEO-agenda concerns," a list that ranges from merger, growth and IT strategies, to supply chain management, innovation and complexity management, and enterprise services transformation.

In June, 2013, leaders of A.T. Kearney formally launched Vision 2020 to colleagues globally. Johan Aurik, managing partner and chairman of the board, introduced a new, bold, vision for the firm, with the ambition of being the industry's most admired firm, distinguished by "the our culture and how we work."

The firm's vision is: to be "the most admired global full-service management consulting firm," distinguished by its culture and how it works; to be the "first choice in providing immediate impact and growing advantage for our clients, our people, and the societies in which we live"; and

to be a "global collaborative partnership, top three where we choose to compete, double in size by 2020."

The firm also outlined four key promises, which are as follows: to be "recognized for co-creation of innovative ideas and high-impact results with our clients and external partners"; to "create lasting benefits for the societies in which we live, in collaboration with deep networks of external partnerships"; to "provide unsurpassed personal growth and opportunities for our people in a collaborative and diverse culture"; and to "realize above-market growth and value for our clients and stakeholders."


A failed romance

Looking at its more recent history, A.T. Kearney walked into what can only be described as a loveless marriage in 1995 with Texas-based tech monolith Electronic Data Services (EDS), now a unit of HP. Initial intentions seem clear enough: EDS was looking to boost its flagging consulting arm, while giving A.T. Kearney's specialists access to some of its high-profile clients. The reality, however, failed to live up to the intentions, and the partnership lasted a mere 10 years. Various factors, including a drop in EDS' earnings, cultural differences at an executive level and a general dislike among A.T. Kearney's management of the notion of being a subsidiary of a publicly held company soon led to a parting of the ways. That officially occurred in January 2006, when more than 170 of the firm's leading consultants (from no less than 26 countries) participated in a management buyout to take the firm private.


Elite council

A key plank of A.T. Kearney's reputation is based on its Global Business Policy Council. Established by Paul Laudicina as a forum for corporate, government and academic leaders to discuss relevant issues, the council is limited to the world's top CEOs and business-minded leaders. The group meets regularly to discuss topics such as globalization, foreign direct investment and offshoring.


Retail details

In addition to the advice and implementation work the firm does for its clients, A.T. Kearney leverages its expertise by producing a wide variety of studies each year that track trends in a range of industries. Since 2001, for example, the firm has released an annual Global Retail Development Index, which details retail investment attractiveness in global markets.



June 2013

Vision 2020

A.T. Kearney introduced Vision 2020, with the ambition of being the industry's most admired firm, doubling in size by 2020.


Industry recognition

Johan Aurik, the firm's managing partner and chairman of the board, featured on the cover of Consulting magazine for its annual list of "Top 25 Consultants."  The headline notes, "A.T. Kearney's evolutionary change: Johan Aurik takes over a firm that's rediscovered its groove. Renewed optimism, regained confidence and a re-invigorated sense of purpose define the A.T. Kearney."


January 2012

Defining the Brand

The firm introduced a new look to further distinguish its 86-year-old brand in the global consulting marketplace. The updated visual identity followed a year-long initiative to clarify the firm's distinctiveness and further define its brand.

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A.T. Kearney Europe

222 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: +1 (312) 648-0111


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Global Managing Partner: Johan Aurik
  • 2013 Employees: 3,200

  • Employment Contact


  • Major Departments & Practices


    Aerospace & Defense



    Communications, Media & Technology

    Consumer Products & Retail

    Financial Institutions


    Metals & Mining

    Oil & Gas

    Private Equity

    Public Sector

    Transportation, Travel & Infrastructure




    Digital Business


    Marketing & Sales

    Mergers & Acquisitions


    Organization & Transformation


    Strategic IT



Major Office Locations

  • Chicago, IL

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