2021 Vault Rankings
At a Glance
“Constant challenge and growth opportunities.”
“Collaborative culture and people.”
“Extremely long hours.”
“Oversell projects and stretch resources.”
“Difficult to navigate or control your project placements.”
“Good firm with good delivery.”
“Highly regarded within their niche.”
“Prominent and high quality.”
Since 1926, Kearney has been trusted advisors to the world’s foremost organizations and continues to live by the principles established by their founder Andrew Thomas (Tom) Kearney so long ago: “Our success as consultants will depend on the essential rightness of the advice we give and our capacity for convincing those in authority that it is good.”
Kearney is a leading global management consulting firm with more than 3,600 people working in more than 40 countries. They work with more than three-quarters of the Fortune Global 500, as well as with the most influential governmental and non-profit organizations.
Kearney is a partner-owned firm with a distinctive, collegial culture that transcends organizational and geographic boundaries—and it shows. Regardless of location or rank, their consultants are down to earth, approachable, and have a shared passion for doing innovative client work that provides clear benefits to organizations – both in the short and long term. Kearney proudly focuses on being the difference for their people, clients, and communities – ensuring a culture that builds the firm’s capabilities and, as a result, best serves their clients.
Alex Liu, Kearney’s 9th managing partner and chairman of the board, has an immense focus on clients, capabilities, and the culture of the firm. Alex Liu added, “We will be taking even bolder steps as we compete aggressively in today’s dynamic marketplace. We like being the challengers in the industry and will blaze an exciting path to reshape management consulting. In fact, that is precisely what clients are asking us to do.”
Kearney blends their globally renowned capabilities in strategy, digital, analytics, strategic operations, and change management to help clients gain extraordinary value. They have tightened their focus on their established strengths – Strategic operations and strategic transformation, digitization of legacy processes, rapid earning expansion, and M&A. They have a renewed focus to build leading-edge capabilities in areas that drive impact for their clients.
A key plank of Kearney's reputation is its Global Business Policy Council (GBPC). Established by Paul Laudicina as a forum for corporate, government, and academic leaders to discuss relevant issues, Council members include world leaders and CEOs of major companies who meet regularly to anticipate and plan—discussing global economic, political, social, and technological shifts. Since 1998, the GBPC has launched their flagship effort, Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index (FDICI), which is an annual survey of global business executives that ranks the markets likely to attract the most investment in the next three years.
In addition to offering advice and implementing solutions for clients, Kearney studies and tracks trends in a wide range of industries. Every two years, the firm releases its annual Global Retail Development Index (GRDI), which details retail trends and investment opportunities in established and developing markets worldwide. The firm, also, releases their annual Global Cities report examining which global cities are improving in their competitiveness and what factors are driving that success.
Kearney’s culture is nurtured and shaped by being committed to the same set of organizational values—curiosity, generosity, boldness, solidarity, and passion. The firm believes having clear, shared values helps to achieve greater consistency, clarity, and cohesion internally and externally ensuring they value the diversity and originality of the firm.
Alex Liu, Kearney’s managing partner, has a unique vision when it comes to work—he believes that there should be more joy infused in the workplace. Alex has published several articles and research reports surrounding this concept, but the most innovative medium the firm has used is a podcast. The podcast, Joy@Work, is hosted by Alex and discusses the power of joy at work with guests such as business leaders, influencers, and authors.
During this unprecedented time, Kearney’s main priority has been the health and safety of our people and clients. As a firm, we’re embracing the “new normal” of virtual working environments with optimism, and remaining connected with all of our clients and communities to ensure they continue to feel supported. As this situation continues to develop, we are thankful for our strong culture and core values—generosity, solidarity, curiosity, boldness, and passion—which remain our continued inspiration and guidance during this time. We all recognize it is important to be supportive, kind, and empathetic to each other, now more than ever.
Recruiting has naturally been impacted by this pandemic, but it has affected each region differently. Our recruiting teams globally are assessing the situation and making decisions based on the local business climate in their respective regions. We encourage you to connect with your local recruiting team for more information or visit our website and click ‘Contact us’.
In the News
Consultancy.uk: Kearney punches above its weight in Global Diversity List, November 30, 2020: The Global Diversity List is an annual list published in The Guardian that celebrates leaders in the field of diversity and inclusion. In the 2020 edition, more than 100 organizations and individuals globally are recognized for their excellence across the eleven different categories, with one company stealing the show with six leaders on the list – Kearney.
'Bloomberg Markets: The Close' Full Show, Greg Portell, November 27, 2020: Kearney partner in the Consumer and Retail practice, Greg Portell, joined Vonnie Quinn & Taylor Riggs to discuss the latest news and analysis on Wall Street and tackle the U.S. Economic recovery, Black Friday, and the latest on AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine development.
CNBC Inclusion in Action Forum, September 10, 2020: Kearney managing partner, Alex Liu joined this forum to discuss concrete actions towards diversity, equity, and inclusion with other leaders, including fellow panelists Accenture CEO Julie Sweet and Nielsen Connect CEO David Rawlinson. The forum was co-sponsored by Executive Leadership Council, which is the leading organization for Black executives in Corporate America. Alex mentioned four interventions: “what’s Black about the solutions”, “what’s white about the support”, “make it personal”, “embrace the targets”. One key action is to use the leadership mantle to encourage real, raw, and courageous conversations in the workplace, to help bring about leapfrog change.
World Economic Forum: Coronavirus is disrupting global value chains. Here's how companies can respond, Per Hong, February 27, 2020: Kearney senior partner in the Strategic operations practice, Per Hong, discusses how COVID-19 is disrupting manufacturing and global value chains and how companies can respond.
CNBC appearance, Suketu Ghandi, February 18, 2020: Kearney partner Suketu Gandhi, global lead of product, discusses how companies can remain agile as the COVID-19 crisis develops. Aside from affecting thousands of people, it's also impacting supply chains and production lines among others.
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Global Managing Partner: Alex Liu
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