Marakon at a Glance


  • "The people, the culture, the continuous learning."
  • "Great work in a collegial setting!"
  • "Extremely intellectual and challenging work with interesting people."


  • "Given small size, limited options on types of projects."
  • "The need to keep pushing our brand and market presence."
  • "Unpredictable, sometimes disadvantaged to 'big name firms.'"

About Marakon

Founded in 1978 and acquired by Charles River Associates (CRA) in 2009, Marakon has maintained its mission throughout the years: partnering with senior executives at some of the world's largest and most dynamic companies to drive sustainable value growth.

Marakon does not provide 'one size fits all' industry solutions. They work closely with their clients - constructively challenging their current strategies and providing tailored insight-based advice. Their approach is built upon active engagement and joint accountability with clients, which only works for companies who are willing to "roll up their sleeves." But it hasn't seemed to scare too much business away. Marakon's client list includes big names like Merck, Barclays, Boeing, BP, Gillette, Roche, Nestle, Nordstrom, Danone, and McDonald's. 

Driving Sustainable Change

Marakon's philosophy on consulting is that superficial, short-term changes don't work - structural, leadership adjustments do. By generating innovative ways to shape company hierarchies and using market and competitor research, the team creates lasting improvements for its clients.

Today, it is more important than ever for companies to innovate their business and management model to compete effectively in the new economic environment and to adapt to new customer trends. 

And Marakon seems to take its own advice-its employment philosophy shows an awareness of its own ability to stretch and grow with the times, citing a desire to create a sustainable work environment for employees based on work/life balance, the kind of work individuals want to do, and desired location. Examples of that commitment include a three day travel model, the ability to work remotely as necessary, and even a 10 & 2 sabbatical program. Additionally, Marakon has no set requirements for international mobility. 

Consistent Leadership

While Marakon now sits within CRA, the leadership has remained the same following the acquisition-something that has played an important role in maintaining the consistency of its services and culture. Global Managing Director Mason Kissell, for example, had been with Marakon for 20 years before the acquisition, and continues to lead the practice at CRA.

The pairing has served to widen and deepen the client net for both companies. According to Marakon's website, its "dual focus on value and framework for linking finance, strategy, and organization coupled with Charles River Associates' strong operational and industry expertise in sectors including Oil and Gas, Industrials, Energy, Life Sciences, Regulation, and Transfer Pricing, among others, provides a unique set of expertise that delivers truly bespoke, lasting solutions for unlocking and growing value." 


August 2015

Strengthening oil and gas offering

Don Painter joins Marakon to accelerate the build out of Marakon's offering in the oil and gas sector. Don has more than 30 years of experience in the oil and gas sector, especially related to operations capability and performance transformation. 

July 2015 

TheJobCrowd recognizes Marakon in the UK

Marakon has been recognized as a top place to work in the UK by TheJobCrowd, the UK's leading graduate job review website. The Top Companies For Graduates To Work For rankings are based on feedback from graduate employees at several hundred graduate employers. The feedback represents what actual graduate employees say are the best places to work. 

October 2014 - June 2015 

A comprehensive and expanding financial services offering

Marakon welcomed Maria Blanco, TT Badrinath, Yann Duchesne and Devendra Kumar, who collectively bring vast expertise in financial services. They have led numerous engagements across all aspects of the Investment Banking, Commercial Banking, Corporate Banking, Sales and Trading businesses at the likes of McKinsey, Oliver Wyman, Barclays, and Bank of America. They help to drive the vision of a comprehensive and expanded Financial Services offering at Marakon. 

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1155 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036


  • Employer Type: Subsidiary
  • Global Managing Director: Mason Kissell
  • Managing Director, North American Consulting: Randy DeGeer
  • Managing Director, European Consulting: Neal Kissel

  • Employment Contact

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Corporate and Business Unit Strategy
    Organic Growth
    Growth Through Acquisition
    Risk Management
    Leadership & Organization
    Managing for Value

Major Office Locations

  • Chicago
    New York

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