The Parthenon Group at a Glance


  • "The culture, camaraderie, and the amount I have learned in a short period of time."
  • "The combination of premier-level clients in a small, boutique atmosphere."
  • "Car rides to client meetings turn into sing-a-long fest with the Partner DJing."
  • "Challenging work, client impact, and best culture/people in the industry."


  • "Work-life balance."
  • "Relentless hours."
  • "Doesn't have all the non-monetary perks of a larger company."
  • "Two-case model, occasional late nights."

The Buzz

  • "Small firm with a big reputation."
  • "Education pioneer."
  • "Great for M&A experience."
  • "Great culture."

About The Parthenon Group


**NOTE: In July 2014, The Parthenon Group agreed to combine its worldwide operations with EY-a deal that, as of late August, was still awaiting final closure. For the full press release from EY, click here.** 

Temple of consulting expertise

The Parthenon Group is a business strategy consulting outfit with expertise in corporate strategy, private equity, education, healthcare, information and media, industrials, and technology. Founded in 1991 by two former Bain consultants-John Rutherford and William Achtmeyer-the firm's 250-plus consultants operate out of offices in Boston, San Francisco, London, Mumbai, Shanghai, and Singapore. Parthenon's clients include Global 1000 corporations (eg, ThomsonReuters and eBay), as well as high-potential growth companies, private equity clients, health care and education clients, and nonprofit groups.


Parthenon times two

In 1997, founding partners Rutherford and Achtmeyer decided to split up the company's practices. Achtmeyer assumed leadership over the strategy side of the business, while Rutherford took over Parthenon Capital, a private equity firm. The two are now legally separate entities.


A different kind of capital

The Parthenon Group is as proud of its ability to produce intellectual capital as it is of its ability to produce spending capital. The firm regularly produces scholarly materials on business trends and insights. Their Parthenon Perspectives include the firm's point-of-view on different aspects of the firm's target industries and businesses.


Helping by example

Parthenon Chairman Achtmeyer sets a great example for his staff when it comes to philanthropic causes. In addition to managing his firm, Achtmeyer is also the former chairman of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and is currently the Chairman of Tenacity, an Overseer at the Museum of Fine Arts, a Governor for the Handel and Haydn Society and a Trustee of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has instilled the same kind of commitment to charity work at his firm, which, since 1993, has contributed over $4 million to charitable causes. Achtmeyer also leads by example by being a frequent participant in the numerous charitable events, fundraising competitions and days of service in which all of the office get involved.



July 2014

EY and The Parthenon Group agree to combine, building on EY's strategic advisory capabilities

The Parthenon Group has agreed to combine its worldwide operations with EY. This combined business will fall under EY's Transaction Advisory Services, which will operate under the Parthenon brand. On the partnership, Parthenon Chairman and Managing Partner Bill Achtmeyer says, "Parthenon is dedicated to helping our clients develop winning strategies, as is EY. Together we can offer corporations, private equity firms, and not-for-profit institutions superior end-to-end consulting services from ideation to implementation."


May 2014

Student Segments Are Much More Than Demographics, According to New Study from The Parthenon Group

A new study by The Parthenon Group finds students have vastly different reasons for going to college, and that segmentation goes beyond simple demographics to get at the motivations driving people to seek out higher education. The results are highlighted in a white paper and infographic entitled "The Differentiated University: Recognizing the Diverse Needs of Today's Students."


April 2014

Parthenon Brings on Peter Gates as Senior Advisor in the Healthcare Practice

The Parthenon Group is pleased to welcome Peter Gates as our newest Senior Advisor. Peter joins our Global Healthcare Practice, where he will focus on strategy development and value creation in the healthcare industry. For Gates, this will be a return to consulting after spending 25 years in the healthcare industry around the globe.


January 2014

The Parthenon Group Promotes Six to Partner as Firm Expands Global Leadership Team

The Parthenon Group announced the appointment of six members to Partners, strengthening the firm's leadership across multiple practices around the globe. The promotions were effective as of January 1, 2014. Nigel Gault, Greg Miller, Scott Orleck, Amit Garga, Abhinav Mital, and Matthew Robb were all appointed Partner.


November 2013

Parthenon Ranked in Top Places to Work by the Boston Globe

The Boston Globe has just released their 6th Annual "Top Places to Work" rankings. These rankings are determined by confidential surveys of over 76,482 individuals employed at companies in Massachusetts. This year, we are thrilled that Parthenon was named one of the Top Places to Work in Boston, among Midsize companies.

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The Parthenon Group

50 Rowes Wharf
Boston, MA 02110
Phone: (617) 478-2550
Fax: (617) 478-2555


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Chairman & Managing Partner: William F. Achtmeyer
  • 2014 Employees: 300

  • Employment Contact
    Visit Parthenon's careers page

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Consumer Education Healthcare Industrial Information and Media Private Equity Technology

Major Office Locations

  • Boston, MA (HQ)
    San Francisco, CA

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