Corporate Value Associates (CVA) is a boutique strategy
consulting firm with a global presence. The firm was founded
in 1987 by three French partners, opening offices in Paris, London,
Boston and Amsterdam. Since then, it has expanded its global
footprint and now has offices in 17 countries spanning Europe, Asia
Pacific and the US, while operating in many more.
CVA's founding tenet is that all value stems from the end
customer; hence the challenge of delivering sustainable improvement
in business performance should always be addressed from the
perspective of the end customer, first and foremost.
Although the world has changed considerably since then, this
principle still holds, and CVA continues to provide advice to CEOs,
boards and senior executives across the globe to help resolve some
of the most critical and complex issues facing businesses today in
the areas of strategy, revenue growth and productivity. To do
so, the firm has what it believes is a distinctive approach based
on first recasting these challenges through a customer lens, using
a set of continually updated methodologies and frameworks to
structure delivery of practical solutions for clients.
As a boutique firm, CVA provides highly bespoke advice and
solutions rather than off-the-shelf process consulting, and aims to
develop long term relationships with its clients. These
clients include large corporates - often household names - at a
national, regional and global level, as well as government agencies
and private equity firms.
CVA works in a number of industry verticals including: financial
services, energy & utilities, automotive & transportation,
3M (mining, metals and materials), telecoms and the public sector,
as well as crossover areas such as new mobility, auto finance and
digital innovation. Within these verticals, the firm has
specialties that evolve over time as its clients' needs and
priorities change. For example: over the last couple of years
within the area of auto finance, it has developed specialist
capabilities and know-how in building full service auto leasing
business lines; within the 3M vertical, there is a strong current
specialism in helping agribusiness and fertilizer players expand
internationally. At a senior level, the firm is organized
around these industry verticals and areas of specialism, however
this remains more fluid for juniors, who can typically expect to
gain experience in most of the verticals CVA works in.
While CVA's consultants tend to have strong academic backgrounds
and hail from world class universities, their backgrounds are
otherwise quite diverse, with degrees ranging from engineering,
finance and physics through to history, languages, and law.