Top 25 Consultants, 2009

Top 25 Consultants 2009This year, the nominations for Consulting magazine’s annual Top 25 Consultants had a much different feel than in previous years. In 2009, the overall tone of the 350-plus nominations we received was one of admiration.

In a crisis, the words “trusted advisor” mean just a little bit more than they do in other years. Yes, in 2009, the consultants nominated by their supervisors, peers and clients had a certain aspect of hero-worship attached to them. These consultants, as it was pointed out time and time again, stepped up to the plate and came through in the clutch when their clients needed them the most.

When the economy began to bottom out in the second half of 2008, the Top 25 Consultants stood tall, read the tea leaves, rolled up their sleeves and answered the call. Oftentimes, they were forced to change the rules of engagement in mid-stride, but they did so with great success. What more could any client want in a trusted advisor relationship?

In 2009, it’s even appropriate that we’ve decided to recognize the Top 25 Consultants for extraordinary efforts in client service and leadership, as well as outstanding results in six client industries—healthcare, energy, public sector, technology, retail and financial services. In addition, we’ve also chosen what we think is the perfect year to launch our Top 25 Awards dinner and celebration to appropriately recognize their efforts.

The Top 25 Consultants, 2009

Jim Bramante, IBM Global Business Services

Bruce Barge, Buck Consultants

Michael Conover, KPMG

Claudia D’Arpizio, Bain & Company

MaryAnne Faschan, EDS

Cory Gunderson, Protiviti

John Kaltenmark, Accenture Technology Consulting

Brooks Kitchel, Kurt Salmon Associates

John Kovalchick, Proudfoot Consulting

Rich Lesser, The Boston Consulting Group

Robin Lineberger, BearingPoint

Bryan Marsal, Alvarez & Marsal

Leslie Moeller, Booz & Company

Ken Mungan, Milliman

Jacqueline Olynyk,PricewaterhouseCoopers

Laurie Oppel, Navigant Consulting

David Rodman, Hitachi Consulting

Jim Roth, Huron Consulting Group

Vance Scott, A.T. Kearney

Amy Shah, Sapient

Ed Stark, Capgemini Consulting

Ming Tsai, Infosys Consulting

Tim Wiest, Deloitte Consulting

Rob Wilhite, KEMA

Stephen Wood, Ingenix Consulting

Bob Koudelka, Deloitte Consulting
In Memoriam

Bob Koudelka was nominated posthumously by the leadership of Deloitte Consulting and is being recognized as an Honorary Top 25 Consultant for 2009 because of his impact on both the firm and the profession.