Booz Allen Hamilton expands into Southeast Asia

24 February 2015

Global consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton has opened a new office in Singapore. The new office will serve as a hub for the firm’s operations in Southeast Asia.

With more than 22,000 employees and revenues of nearly $5.5 billion, Booz Allen Hamilton is one of the globe’s largest management and technology consulting firms. In line with its recently launched ‘Vision 2020’, the consulting firm is pursuing an active global expansion strategy. After Booz Allen Hamilton’s split into Booz Allen Hamilton (focus on US public sector) and Booz & Company (focus on private sector outside the US) the firm’ scope was constrained to the US market, yet following the recent expiry of the legal agreements (and the acquisition of Booz & Company by PwC) the advisory firm has yet again set its sights on an international footprint.

Booz Allen Hamilton - Southeast Asia

Booz Allen Hamilton commenced its global growth with smaller offices in several Eastern European markets, such as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Georgia, and more recently significantly bolstered its Middle East presence. In October last year the consultancy added five new partners to its Middle East leadership team, and seven new Vice Presidents, the majority joining from Strategy&. Booz Allen Hamilton currently serves the region through offices in Beirut (Lebanon), Qatar and the UAE.

Southeast Asia
According to Mike Jones, Executive Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton, the expansion into Southeast Asia reflects “an appetite throughout the nation and across Southeast Asia to improve productivity”, on top of a promising economic outlook for the coming years. “As we look around the globe we anticipate global growth to increase most rapidly over the next 10 to 20 years across India, China and Southeast Asia due to a burgeoning middle-class. This inherent demand will require investments across the region in government reform, infrastructure, healthcare services, transportation, and advanced manufacturing, all of which are focused capability areas of Booz Allen Hamilton.” 

Mike Jones and Don Pressley - Booz Allen Hamilton

Booz Allen’s Singapore hub initially will be staffed by a small team, headed by Senior Vice President (Donald) Don Pressley. The experienced consultant has been with the firm for 14 years, leading assignments across the globe, including in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa as well as Europe & Eurasia. His focus is on economic development, business planning, technology enhancement and other programs designed to improve national capability. Before joining Booz Allen in 2001, Pressley was a Senior Foreign Service officer at the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Going forward the team is forecasted to grow, and to boot the headcount the consultancy has launched a recruitment drive at various levels, from juniors to executives.

Pressley believes there is a tremendous impetus in Singapore, and across the region, especially around transportation, energy, health care, and water and waste. From a functional perspective service areas that are expected to be in high demand include traditional management consultancy, but also innovation, analytics and engineering.

* Following the integration of Booz & Company, the company was rebranded Strategy&.

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US change management consultancy opens office in London

23 April 2019

One year after UK consultancy Thought Provoking Consulting invested in American change management firm Change 4 Growth, it has opened its first international office in the UK. Change 4 Growth’s new London locale will see the company look to supply organisational transformation solutions crafted over the last several years in the US to British clients.

Specialising in transformational change, American retail boutique consultancy Change 4 Growth (C4G) offers an expansive range of services. This includes organisational change management, culture alignment and engagement, leadership development, training and e-learning and recruitment of staff support. Well-known retail brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle, Chico’s, Eddie Bauer and Ann Taylor are already among C4G’s clients, but since receiving investment from Thought Provoking Consulting in early 2018, the company has been keen to pursue expansion of its own.

Speaking at the time of the deal, Beth Thomas, CEO of C4G, commented, "I’m so excited to be working with Thought Provoking Consulting... The move will allow us to tap into a breadth of retail expertise and help our clients find solutions that are critical in this age in areas such as pricing, promotions, planning, product development and supply chain."

US change management consultancy opens office in London

In 2019, this has seen the Ohio-headquartered consultancy announce the opening of its first international office in London. Led by UK native and Managing Director, David Lucas, the base in Britain’s capital will bring the firm’s holistic service to clients in Europe looking deal with change at every level within their organisations.

Commenting via his LinkedIn profile, Lucas said, “At a time of huge technological upheaval, the importance of organisational and cultural change, married with operational speed and agility, has never been greater. Achieving that balance between people, process and technology for the digital era is the burning platform for most organisations…The C4G team… offers a spectrum of change and re-alignment capabilities and can bring proven approaches, methodologies and solutions to support the UK market.”

In the US, C4G has been able to tap into the fact that disengagement and unhappiness at work have become an epidemic across multiple sectors, resulting in poor business performance and bottom line results. With the UK’s high streets currently faltering due to an influx of e-commerce competition, Brexit pressures, and stagnating real wages, C4G will likely also find fertile ground for its retail-focused transformation services on both sides of the Atlantic.

Remarking on the firm’s arrival ‘across the pond’, Thomas concluded, “Many of our clients are global organisations who have facilities and employees around the world, and as an avid admirer of Britain’s innovative retail community, it has long been my intention to open a C4G office in the UK… With David Lucas, who brings a proven track record of transformational change at the helm and our sister company, Thought Provoking Consulting… we’re more excited than ever to explore the synergies to be discovered in having a UK powerhouse to support not only the retail sector but all industries.”