OC&C Strategy Consultants

OC&C Strategy Consultants Company Profile

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The name says it all

If you want to know what OC&C Strategy Consultants does, you don't need to look too far for answers-it's right there in the title. Focusing on strategic analysis, the firm breaks the concept down into six organizational areas: group strategy, business unit/divisional strategy, product/market/channel strategy, transaction support, strategy realization, and organization and change. And, like any strategy master or tactician, the firm's emphasis isn't always on speed-it tries to pace itself during consulting contracts, finding all the possible solutions to a problem before jumping into operational issues. That's a strategy, the firm says, that ensures clients benefit from truly custom-built solutions, rather than off-the-shelf methodologies that may not fit the client's needs. 

Although OC&C-like many firms in the industry-doesn't publicize its client list, it does claim to work not only with major corporations, but also welcomes contracts from smaller companies that need strategic help in rapidly changing industries, stating that it wants to work with "ambitious organizations that understand the importance of excellent strategy." Its industries include business services, consumer goods, financial services, industry and infrastructure, media, private equity, retail and distribution, technology, telecommunications, and travel, transport and logistics.

 

Expanding the footprint 

Chris Outram founded OC&C in London in 1987. After several years at other consulting firms, including BCG and Booz Allen Hamilton, Outram and a colleague had tired of the fact that their employers devoted so much time to operational issues while neglecting strategic analysis. So they decided it would be "more fun and more challenging" to start their own firm. 

While founded in Europe, with its first four offices in the UK, Germany, France and the Netherlands, OC&C has successfully expanded its footprint in core strategic markets to enable it to serve the largest clients on a global basis. In 2002, OC&C entered the US market, expanding to include an office in Boston with huge strengths in media and publishing. The addition of offices in India and Greater China (Hong Kong and Shanghai) followed in 2006, as OC&C quickly leveraged its leading European market position in the retail and Consumer Goods sectors to Asia and beyond. 

Most recently, OC&C has partnered with leading South American consultancy, Advisia, in Brazil and incorporated offices in Poland and Turkey. International growth remains firmly on OC&C's strategic agenda, driving depth and breadth in all markets.

 

Specialized generalists

One business area in which OC&C takes particular pride is its expertise in consumer goods. Within this area, it tries to provide solutions in three key sections: growth stakes, profitability issues and category management. In connection with consumer goods, retail and distribution have also long been an OC&C focus. The firm claims to have been one of the original advocates for the importance of emerging value offers, private label goods and battling category killers. In addition, OC&C has recently made heavy investigations into retail brand development, strategic implementation and internalization strategies. 

The firm has made a significant effort to advise media outlets since its founding. Some of the media-related services it offers are strategy reviews, advice to governments on broadband policy, transformational performance improvement, profitable use of the digital arena, and go-to-market strategies for new services and products. Several major media outlets have looked to the firm for analysis of their own industry, concerning subjects ranging from the use of free newspaper copies to boost circulation, to the decline of magazine readership in the face of internet competition. 

Next to its work for corporate clients, OC&C has special expertise in supporting the world's leading private equity firms in such areas as potential investment scoping, vendor and buyer due diligence, and post-acquisition strategy and/or integration.

 

Strategizing a better world 

OC&C enjoys highlighting its charitable efforts, and has a section dedicated to pro bono work on its website. The majority of the firm's philanthropic work is in helping charities "achieve a step-change in performance." They have a long-standing relationship with Impetus PEF, and have given strategic due diligence and business planning support to over 20 charities dealing with youth conflict resolution, rehabilitation of prisoners and ex-offenders, and helping those suffering from eating disorders.

In the last 12 months the firm has worked with IntoUniversity (helping disadvantaged youths access University education), Business In The Community (Corporations employing recently released offenders), Family Nurse Partnership (teenage pregnancy related issues) and helped with the merger of Impetus with the Private Equity Foundation which completed in the middle of 2013 to create a larger and more powerful force in the venture philanthropy arena. Several charity initiatives are being supported pro-bono in every OC&C geographic region.

 

IN THE NEWS 

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OC&C Strategy Consultants


6 New Street Square
London EC4A 3AT
www.occstrategy.com

STATS


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Worldwide Managing Partner: Chehab Wahby
  • 2014 Employees: 550

  • Employment Contact

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  • Major Departments & Practices

    Business Unit/Divisional Strategy

    Group Strategy

    Organization & Change

    Product/Market/Channel Strategy

    Strategy Realization

    Transaction Support

Major Office Locations

  • 14 offices worldwide:
    London (HQ)
    Belo Horizonte
    Boston, MA
    Düsseldorf
    Hamburg
    Hong Kong
    Istanbul
    Mumbai
    New Delhi
    Paris
    Rotterdam
    Sao Paulo
    Shanghai
    Warsaw

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