The 2011 Top 25 Consultants

Top 25 Consultants 2011 It’s May and that means one thing: Time for the Top 25 Consultants issue.

Each year, the Top 25 seems to grow in popularity, and this year is no different. We received some 400 nominations from the largest enterprise firms right down to some of the smallest niche firms, undoubtedly doing great work. As usual, the nominations were inspiring, but there were a few differences this time around. For starters, we always love to hear from clients and this year, it seems, we heard from more of them than we have in previous years. Several clients submitted nominations, while many were included as part of the overall nomination.

And in another welcome change of pace, lots of clients went on the record in the Top 25 articles this year. It’s always nice to be able to identify the companies that are the recipients of our award winners’ efforts.

Another change this time around is the seniority of our winners. Their names appear in the center of this page and their stories are told on the following 22 pages. This year, we have eight CEOs or firm founders on the list. We, of course, are thrilled about that. In what’s perhaps a sign of the times, we have several winners who have recently launched brand new practices—from scratch—in the last few years, including BCG’s Joe Davis, who is on our cover. We also have consultants that have been with their current consulting firms for more than three decades and others that just wrapped up their first year at their new firm.

Their individual stories are as unique as they are, but several universal truths are consistent. One, they never intended to be a consultant. Two, they absolutely love their jobs and their clients. Three, they did not expect to win The 25 Award and aren’t entirely comfortable with the recognition. And finally, every single one of them says they couldn’t have done any of it without the support of their teams, co-workers, families and firms.

A consulting mantra if there ever was one.

The 2011 Top 25 Consultants:

Joe Davis, The Boston Consulting GroupFred Balboni, IBM Teresa Bozzelli, Sapient

Jay Burkett, Grant Thornton

Omar Chane, Capgemini Consulting

Mike Connolly, Booz & Company

Fred Crawford, AlixPartners

Sean Culbert, Capco

Steve Cummings, Hewitt EnnisKnupp

Jim DeLoach, Protiviti

Linda Gallagher, KPMG

Laura Gurski, A.T. Kearney

Surya Kant, Tata Consultancy Services

Susan Kanvik, Point B Bill Kracunas, McGladrey Dana Mcilwain, PwC

Aaron Mitchell, ZS Associates

Bob Patton, Ernst & Young

Gene Procknow, Deloitte Consulting

Andrew Rees, L.E.K. Consulting

Jim Roth, Huron Consulting Group

Hernan Saenz, Bain & Company

Janet Crenshaw Smith, Ivy Planning Group

John Tobin, Slalom Consulting

Pallavi Verma, Accenture