A.T. Kearney Europe at a Glance


  • "Constant cross-industry and cross-country exchange of ideas and experience."
  • "The individuality to choose a flexible working model just created for you."
  • "People, exponential learning and content of work."


  • "Our market position and core competencies across regions varies significantly."
  • "Work life balance."
  • "Still relatively small."

The Buzz

  • "Prestigious for procurement."
  • "Global, innovative."
  • "Many rumours about potential acquisition through competitors."
  • "Ubiquitous with lots of offices."

About A.T. Kearney Europe

As a consultancy, A.T. Kearney has a rich heritage that dates back to the 1920s, with the founding of McKinsey & Company and the arrival of consulting as a profession. James Oscar McKinsey set up his original firm in Chicago in 1926, and one of the first partners hired 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-one in New York and one in Chicago-split, with Kearney taking the latter and focusing the company's attention on operations and manufacturing. 

Today, that one small Chicago office has grown into 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 3,600 employees, it proudly focuses on what it calls "CEO-agenda concerns," a list that ranges from M&A, growth, and IT strategies, to supply chain management, technology, innovation, complexity, and transformation. 

In June 2013, A.T. Kearney launched Vision 2020. Johan Aurik, managing partner and chairman of the board, introduced the program as the firm's global vision to become the industry's most admired firm, distinguished by "our culture and how we work." Our ambition, he said, is to be the first choice in providing immediate impact and growing advantage for our clients, our people, and the societies in which we live. "Working within a global collaborative partnership," Aurik added, "we aim to be among the top three where we choose to compete, and to double in size by 2020." 

The firm also outlined four main promises: 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, and do so 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, in 1995 A.T. Kearney walked into what can only be described as a loveless marriage with Texas-based tech monolith Electronic Data Services (EDS), now a unit of HP. Initial intentions seemed clear enough: EDS was looking to boost its flagging consulting arm, and A.T. Kearney would get access to some of EDS' 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 partners of being a subsidiary of a publicly held company soon led to a parting of the ways. The relationship officially ended in January 2006, when more than 170 A.T. Kearney 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 its Global Business Policy Council. Established by Paul Laudicina as a forum for corporate, government, and academic leaders to discuss relevant issues. Council members include world leaders and CEOs of major companies who meet regularly to anticipate and plan for the future, discussing global economic, political, social, and technological shifts. 

Retail details

In addition to offering advice and implementing solutions for clients, A.T. Kearney studies and tracks trends in a wide range of industries. Since 2001, for example, the firm has released its annual Global Retail Development Index, which details retail trends and investment opportunities in developed and developing markets worldwide.


June 2015 

Robo Advisers To Run $2 Trillion by 2020 If This Model Is Right

Assets under management by robo advisers are estimated to increase 68 percent annually to about $2.2 trillion in five years, according to a recent study by A.T. Kearney. Read more in Bloomberg Business. 

This is an Innovative Headline

Bloomberg View business columnist Justin Fox was drawn into the back story of Masters of Innovation, a book co-authored by A.T. Kearney partner Kai Engel. And he couldn't put it down. Fox praises the book and the firm's Best Innovator competition for providing informative views into successful innovation management. Read more on Bloomberg View. 

April 2015 

Basket Case No More, Europe A Hotbed Of Corporate Investment

Consulting firm A.T. Kearney predicts Europe is going to see some serious corporate investment in the year ahead. Read more on Forbes

ASEAN Economic Growth "to outdo EU"

The 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) will surpass the EU in growth once its economies have been integrated, according to the World Economic Forum in Jakarta. ASEAN had a combined GDP of more than $2.4tn (£1.6tn) in 2013, according to consultancy A.T. Kearney. Read more on BBC. 

March 2015 

A.T. Kearney's Stephen Parker: Admiration Through Adaptability

A.T. Kearney wants to be the most admired global consulting firm. Chief Learning Officer Stephen Parker's flexibility and global mindset might just get it there. Read more here, in CLO. 

December 2014 

U.S. Manufacturing Rebound Lags Behind Work Sent Abroad

The U.S. has continued to grow more reliant on imports from China and other Asian countries despite a much-discussed trend toward "reshoring" of manufacturing, a study by the management consulting firm A.T. Kearney shows. Read the full story in the Wall Street Journal

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A.T. Kearney Europe

227 West Adams Street
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: +1 (312) 648-0111
Vault ID: 9043782


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Global Managing Partner: Johan Aurik
  • 2015 Employees: 3,600

  • 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
    Offices in 40 countries

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