North Highland at a Glance

The Buzz

  • "Change management."
  • "Boutique, client service."
  • "Work-life balance, low pay."
  • "Very spotty from a career standpoint."

About North Highland

Founded in 1992, Atlanta-based North Highland believes that the best consultants are happy consultants--so much so that the firm is owned and managed by its employees.  Perhaps that's why each of the firm's 50+ global offices is staffed locally--an approach that minimizes consultants' travel time, while still providing clients with easy access to North Highland's best resource: its 2,200+ professionals.  The firm offers business solutions to Fortune 1000 clients, nonprofit groups and government agencies in the United States, Asia, Europe and Australia, working with companies to define strategies, streamline operations, empower people, integrate suppliers, leverage technology and maximize customer interaction.

North Highland's "globally local" philosophy extends to its international offices, in the sense that all member firms are expected to adhere to the same standard of business and industry experience, combined with on-the-ground local market expertise.  The firm's Shanghai office serves multiple cities across China.

Forget the frequent flyer miles
According to North Highland lore, Dave Peterson woke up one morning, after weeks on the road as a consultant with a Big Five firm, happy to finally be home.  When his two-year-old daughter saw him that morning, she asked her mother, "Does Daddy still live here?"  That was 1991.  The next year, Peterson founded North Highland as a new kind of consultancy--one that focused on rewarding good consultants with a more balanced lifestyle that promised less travel and more time to work on the job at hand.

Peterson envisioned a company that selectively hired the best consultants, staffed projects locally and guaranteed the quality of its work by giving each employee a stake in the firm's success via an employee-owned stock ownership plan.  Today, Peterson's vision has taken shape in a firm that has grown exponentially.  As might be expected, North Highland also claims that its clients are happier--a phenomenon the firm attributes to faster completion of projects by consultants who are focused, experienced and hold a stake in North Highland's success.  Clients turn to North Highland for help with customer experience and engagement, execution, finance and accounting, human capital, information technology, operations and strategy. 

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North Highland

3333 Piedmont Rd
Suite 1000
Atlanta, GA 30305
Phone: (404) 233-1015
Fax: (404) 233-4930


  • Employer Type: Private
  • CEO: Dan Reardon
  • 2010 Employees: 2,200

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Energy and Utilities
    Financial Services
    Life Sciences
    Media, Entertainment and Telecommunications
    Public Sector
    Retail and CPG
    Transportation, Travel and Leisure

Major Office Locations

  • Atlanta, GA
    More than 50 offices worldwide.