Top 25 Consultants 2010: Dean Fischer

Having grown up at Arthur Andersen, Dean Fischer always embraced the way the firm invested in and developed its leaders from within the Andersen ranks. Indeed, that’s how he moved up the corporate ladder.

Dean Fischer Dean FischerPresident and CEOWest Monroe PartnersExcellence in LeadershipHaving grown up at Arthur Andersen, Dean Fischer always embraced the way the firm invested in and developed its leaders from within the Andersen ranks. Indeed, that’s how he moved up the corporate ladder. However, there were things about the big firm mentality—travel, compensation models and access to clients—that didn’t always seem right. So, when he launched West Monroe Partners with a handful of employees in 2002, he did it his way.

“When I was thinking about the firm, the very first document I wrote was our values, and it focused on how we would treat our people,” Fischer says. “This was long before I talked about the marketplace or the practice areas. In consulting, he who gets the best people wins. We had to make the ‘people’ part of this different.”

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