Global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney has appointed Partner Robert (Bob) Willen as Managing Director for the Middle East, boosting its senior leadership team in the region. Willen, who has been with the firm for 20 years, will focus on growing the firm’s business regionally.
Bob Willen joined A.T. Kearney in 1995 as Consultant, after a four-year career as Aerospace Engineer at General Dynamics Space Systems. After seven years, Willen was promoted to Partner and split his time between the US and Dubai. Between 2008 and 2013, he took on the role of President & Chairman of the Board of A.T. Kearney Public Sector & Defence Services, after which he became the Head of the Public Sector Practice for Europe, Middle East, and Africa, which he will continue to be in addition to his new role.
Willen will bring more than 20 years of experience leading strategy, organisation, general cost reduction, and supply chain initiatives for large commercial and government clients to his new role as Managing Director of A.T. Kearney Middle East and will focus on driving the firm’s business growth across the Middle East.
Commenting on the appointment, Johan Aurik, Managing Partner and Chairman of the Board of A.T. Kearney, says: “With the appointment of Bob Willen, we’re positive about bringing additional strong expertise in government, defence and economic development practice into the region. The boosted leadership team and deep expertise we have in the Middle East combined with new offices in Qatar and Saudi Arabia underlines our dedication to the success of regional clients.”
“Challenges around diversification, talent and innovation are pertinent issues high on the agendas for Middle East leaders, and we’re guiding clients every day in addressing these concerns. We continue to expand our business in the region combining local experience and global insights,” Willen adds. “A.T. Kearney’s reputation for working collaboratively to achieve immediate and tangible impact, and to grow advantage over time is more relevant than ever for regional leaders facing such a dynamic environment.”