Vault Consulting Editors

Vault's Consult THIS covers breaking news of interest to consultants, tips on getting hired, and discussion of key issues in the life of a consultant.

Contributors have included:

  • Phil Stott: Phil Stott is currently Vault's consulting editor.  Originally from Scotland, he has lived in Eastern Europe, Asia, and the U.S., and has worked in fields such as consumer banking, education, and journalism.
  • Sam Reynolds: Sam graduated from the College of Charleston with a BA in English. He has worked as a newspaper writer and reporter.
  • Naomi Newman: Naomi Newman graduated with a BA in American Studies from Barnard College, with a concentration in economics. Naomi has edited numerous Vault guides, including the Vault Guide to the Top 25 Technology Consulting Firms.

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McKinsey's 'Global cities of the future' map

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  April 12, 2011

Among the highlights of this month's edition of McKinsey Quarterly is the firm's "Global cities of the future" map, an interactive web application that combines some urbane McKinsey gloss with good, old fashioned data to excellent effect.As ever, this McKinsey offering is all about growth. In this case, they're referring primarily to the growth of the human population between 2007 and 2025, and the impact that growth will have on urban centers and the economies they support. McKinsey asks... Read More >

Afghan president issues Deloitte, PwC threats

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  April 12, 2011

Afghan president Hamid Karzai today pointed the finger at several of the world's biggest consulting firms for failing to adequately fulfill their roles as auditors and advisers to the country's biggest bank. Karzai specifically implicated PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and BearingPoint as partly responsible for Kabul Bank's corruption woes and promised that "whoever was involved in leading the bank into crisis, all of those people will be brought to justice."The trouble stems from... Read More >

PwC interns heading to Disney World

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  April 11, 2011

Late this summer, 2400 undergraduates will embark on a week-long journey to the most effective "living classroom" on Earth: Disney World. There, the students will encounter a host of cartoon animals in the flesh-a terrifying prospect indeed for any youthful babe. But fear not, for they will also be chaperoned by more than 80 partners from PricewaterhouseCoopers. What is this strange confluence of students, businessmen and hyperkinetic rodents, you ask? Why, it's PwC's Intern... Read More >

ICF brings 'epic day', jobs to Virginia county

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  April 11, 2011

Virginia governor Bob McDonnell announced today that ICF International, the Beltway-based strategy and tech consultancy, will open a new Henry County-based BPM operations center that will bring hundreds of high-paying jobs to the state. The $15 million project will create 539 much-needed jobs in the small county in southern Virginia, which is struggling with double-digit unemployment. State development groups hailed the transformative potential of ICF's arrival in Martinsville, VA."This is... Read More >

Kristen Bell's consulting pilot picked up by Showtime

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  April 08, 2011

Rejoice, ladies and gentlemen-the moment we've all been waiting for has finally arrived! In a stunning newsbreak, Showtime announced yesterday that House of Lies, the hottest management consulting television drama ever to grace the digital cable box, will air as a full series after the pilot was deemed a success.How hot, you say? Showtime bills the new blockbuster as "a scathing look at a self-loathing management consultant from a top-tier firm." If that isn't hot enough for you,... Read More >

Environmental groups challenge McKinsey report

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  April 08, 2011

In a recent report on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD), McKinsey consultants recommend that government officials in Papua New Guinea take energy- and cost-saving measures that some groups think will threaten the survival of subsistence farmers living in rainforest environments. Greenpeace, the UK Rainforest Foundation and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development made for strange bedfellows this week when each of the three condemned the firm's... Read More >

Accenture opens center, seeks new hires in Barcelona

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  April 08, 2011

Accenture announced its plans this week to break ground on a new "analytics innovation center" in Barcelona, Spain that will bring at least 50 new jobs to the city. Called "a global showcase for Accenture's predictive analytics capabilities," the facility is the latest in a string of similar centers that create jobs locally and raise the firm's profile in strategic cities."We are currently recruiting locally, working closely with universities in the region, and are looking for both... Read More >

Deloitte US head to be named global CEO

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  April 07, 2011

When Jim Quigley's four-year term atop the global giant that is Deloitte comes to an end this summer, the top dog won't be returning to the helm. In his place will be Barry Salzberg, the current head of Deloitte LLP (Deloitte US), elevated to the post via an internal election. Quigley did not seek re-election.Under Quigley, 59, Deloitte made big strides in terms of raw revenue and overall employee count; in his last year as global CEO, Deloitte raked in a mammoth $26.6 billion in revenue... Read More >

Acquisitions abound as consultancies look to bulk up

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  April 07, 2011

With cash reserves high and demand rebounding for consulting services worldwide, analysts had predicted that consultancies would dip back into the acquisition market in 2011. Just a few months into the year, that prediction is already starting to come good. In the past week alone a handful of big name firms have added pieces, ranging from small regional units to large international players. We've highlighted a few: is among those splashing the cash this week, picking up private American... Read More >

McKinsey: Improve training for female execs

by Vault Consulting Editors  |  April 04, 2011

The latest edition of McKinsey Quarterly will be officially unveiled this week at a "Women in the Economy" conference in Florida, a fitting venue for what will likely be the conference's central theme: advancement, or the lack thereof, of women to top executive positions. McKinsey's latest offering indentifies insufficient training and inattentive career development as the major contributors to the dearth of female executives worldwide.While this time out the firm outsourced some of its... Read More >