Executive Vice President
Excellence in Public Sector
If public sector clients are searching for a consultant who understands the need to provide inspirational leadership during tough times, they should look to Robin Lineberger, formerly BearingPoint’s executive vice president, global services and now a managing director with Deloitte Consulting.
(Editor’s Note: On May 8, Deloitte Consulting acquired BearingPoint’s public services practice for $350 million. As a result, some 4,200 BearingPoint employees are now Deloitte employees, including Lineberger. His Top 25 Consultants selection, however, was based solely on his public sector work with BearingPoint.)
BearingPoint’s government consulting revenues reached record highs in the second half of 2008 despite the bruising
market and the firm’s own corporate financial challenges. Lineberger’s leadership has been crucial in the public sector practice retaining its top 50 clients and keeping internal leadership turnover surprisingly low.
Lineberger has achieved all this through savvy business skills and an emphasis on managing consultants as people. BearingPoint public sector practice’s diverse portfolio of clients—client organizations come from federal and civilian defense markets, the federal and private-sector healthcare industry, international and emerging markets and state and local governments—helped insulate it from the economic downturn.
The firm’s approach to human capital management is equally important, Lineberger asserts. “All of our leadership consciously thinks about the people who work for us—we think of them as an extended family,” he notes. “So, it is much easier to get up the morning after a tough day knowing that I have thousands of people who are relying on us to keep the business healthy. That’s because we put people and faces to mortgage payments, college tuitions and all of that stuff. It creates a sharp focus knowing that if you let up or don’t go the extra mile, the people who are relying on you can be let down. And the impact is not just on their jobs, it’s also on their entire families.” —Eric Krell
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