About A.T. Kearney

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 38 countries across the world. And, of course, as it has grown over its 80-plus-year history, the company has diversified its operations. Now boasting a workforce of some 1,900 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.

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.

Following the buyout, A.T. Kearney officers elected an international 11-member board of directors, which is headed up by Managing Officer and Chairman Paul Laudicina, who has been in charge since 2006. Laudicina, only the seventh person to lead the firm, joined the company in 1991, and has more than 25 years of global consulting and management experience in industry, government and research institutions.

Elite council
A key plank of A.T. Kearney's reputation is based on its Global Business Policy Council. Established by 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.


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

222 West Adams
Chicago, IL 60606
Phone: (312) 648-0111
Fax: (312) 223-6200


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Officer & Chairman: Paul A. Laudicina
  • 2012 Employees: 3,300

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Aerospace & Defense
    Communications, Media & Technology
    Consumer Products & Retail
    Energy & Process Industries
    Financial Institutions
    Public Sector
    Transportation, Travel & Infrastructure
    Marketing & Sales
    Mergers & Acquisitions
    Organization & Transformation

Major Office Locations

  • Chicago, IL

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