Arthur D. Little hits milestone with 100+ partners worldwide

22 March 2021 Consultancy.eu 3 min. read
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In a first for the firm, the size of Arthur D. Little’s partnership has broken through the 100-strong mark.

Global management consultancy Arthur D. Little has elevated seven new partners globally, seeing the firm’s partnership ranks eclipse the 100 milestone. Founded over a century ago and considered the world’s oldest consulting firm, Arthur D. Little has now doubled in size over the past five years – with the company crediting the development and promotion of its internal talent as a key factor in its success.

“I would like to congratulate these new partners – and welcome them as the first members of Arthur D. Little’s ‘Generation 100’,” said chairman and CEO Ignacio García Alves. “Each promotion is richly deserved and a recognition of the vital contribution that each partner makes to our company.”

Arthur D. Little hits milestone with 100+ partners worldwide

“At Arthur D. Little, we strive to employ and develop consultants who are both entrepreneurs and team players – as such, having over 100 partners is a momentous achievement.” Together, they lead a team of around 1,300 consultants and staff across some 40 offices worldwide.

The firm’s growth is notable at a time when several of the firm’s consulting industry peers are struggling to weather the Covid-19-induced downturn, let alone grow. According to one estimate, the global consulting industry slumped by between 10% to 20% last year in pandemic-hit lines of work, depending on the country, sector and area of expertise, among others.

Arthur D. Little specialises in strategy, organisation and innovation, and while it works for both private and public sector clients, its sweet spot lies in technology-intensive and converging industries. The firm returned to a privately-held partnership in 2012, in the year celebrated its 125th anniversary, when it completed a management buy-out from parent Altran (now part of Capgemini).

The firm’s seven most recent cohort of new partners includes: Lokesh Dadhich (Dubai), Naoya Furuta (Tokyo), Trung Ghi (Singapore), Matteo Ainardi (Paris), Max Scherr (Vienna), Marten Zieris (Frankfurt) and Ben Thuriaux-Alemán (London).

The consulting firm’s march to the 100-partner mark had also been accelerated with a number of partner appointments made in the last month, including Chuck Goodnight as head of the nuclear energy team in the US, aviation consulting expert Jim Miller to lead the US travel & transportation practice out of Boston, and technology & innovation expert Michael Majster in Belgium.