Celerant Consulting at a Glance


  • "Culture of leadership"


  • Constant, five-day-a-week travel

The Buzz

  • "Niche player"
  • "Europe-focused"
  • "Hands on"
  • "Ops geeks"

About Celerant Consulting

A European and North American affair

Founded in 1987, Celerant Consulting is a global firm helping clients in 38 countries with asset management, business performance, supply chain and revenue growth, among other things.  The U.K.-based firm has helped some of the world's top companies, including BT, Fujitsu, BP, Texas Petrochemicals, ICI, Pace, Premier Oil and Saab.  Although the U.K. is the firm's largest market, it also has offices throughout Europe in the Benelux and Nordic regions, in addition to Germany, France, Canada and the U.S.

The many faces of Celerant

Founded by Quentin Baer and Ian Clarkson, Celerant's initial moniker was Peter Chadwick, a combination of the two men's middle names.  From the outset, the company did well, growing an average of 50 percent a year within its first five years.  After just 10 years in business, the firm was already an established international player, boasting offices throughout Europe and North America.  A merger in 1997 with Cambridge Technology Partners introduced the firm to the world of technology-based business solutions, and led it to change its name to Cambridge Management Consulting.  This name lasted a mere four years, however, as the consultancy was acquired by software specialist Novell in July 2001 for $266 million, and changed its name again to Celerant Consulting. 

Novell's ownership lasted less than five years, as lagging sales led the firm to launch a cost-cutting drive, culminating in the decision to divest its consulting arm.  As a sign of how badly things had gone in the tech world, the firm fetched just $77 million when it was sold in May 2006, this time to a consortium consisting of its own management and British investment firm Caledonia Investments, which paid $30 million for a minority stake in the new company.  Today, Celerant specializes in helping companies across a broad section of industries, including chemicals, CPG/FMCG, energy, financial services, government, life sciences, manufacturing, private equity, telecom and utilities.

Close relationships

Celerant really takes a hands-on approach when it comes to consulting, observing firsthand how a company and its employees work on a day-to-day basis.  Once it has uncovered areas for improvement, the consultancy works jointly with the client and its employees to come up with a system of operational change, something the firm says involves "winning the hearts and minds of people who are often frustrated and disengaged" in the process.  Celerant calls this technique Closework, and claims the approach is successful with 94 percent of its clients, with 90 percent coming back for more.


Middle East expansion
April 2009

Celerant opened a new office in Abu Dhabi, expanding its global network to 12 locations.  According to the firm, the decision to press ahead with the opening despite the ongoing recession was essential, as its partnership model necessitates having a presence close to clients.  Given that the firm has several "significant relationships" with leading firms and organizations in the region, opening an office there was essential to being able to meet client needs.

Going high tech
December 2008

As part of a strategy to strengthen its telecom and high-tech practice, Celerant acquired Swedish-based Fidens Partners.  With offices in both Malma and London, Fiden Partners is a small firm focusing on performance improvements and corporate transformation in high-tech and telecom companies, and brings with it three founding partners with strong track records in leading companies, including Ericsson and Sony Ericsson, among others.

Private equity worries
November 2008

Like all good consultancies, Celerant releases reports from time to time, which also guarantee it some form of free advertising in the press.  In the latest research to be commissioned by the firm, 220 senior private equity executives across Europe and the United States were surveyed on their opinions of the current economic climate.  All in all, there was a fairly encouraging response, with 53 percent of execs believing things will be back to normal within 18 months.  However, one thing the survey did reveal was the variation of response depending on where the respondent was based.  British executives seem to hold a more pessimistic view, with just 36 percent believing 18 months will do the trick.  This is compared to 71 percent of "optimistic" French executives, whose economy seems to be weathering the economic fallout better than their old friends' across the Channel.

Celerant Consulting

45 Hayden Avenue
Lexington, MA 02421
Phone: (781) 674-0400
Fax: (781) 274-7204


  • Employer Type: Private
  • CEO: Ian Clarkson
  • 2008 Employees: 600

Major Office Locations

  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Lexington, MA
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Oslo, Norway
  • Stockholm, Sweden
  • Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Helsinki, Finland
  • Paris, France
  • Dusseldorf, Germany
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