A.T. Kearney and Atos win executive development awards

29 June 2018 Consultancy.uk 4 min. read

Two consulting firms have been rewarded for their efforts in executive development. A.T. Kearney and Atos have both been awarded silver medals by the annual Excellence in Practice Awards of the European Foundation for Management Development.

The European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) is a continental not-for-profit management development network for business schools and corporations, based in Brussels, Belgium. The membership organisation boasts nearly 900 organisations among its ranks, from academia, business, public service and consultancy in 88 countries. Each year the group hosts its Excellence in Practice Awards to recognise the best companies in the management development field, as well as to emphasise their best practices to others in the sector.

The 2018 ceremony saw A.T. Kearney's Expanding Horizons program medal, after delivering a unique experience to A.T. Kearney partners. The joint project with the London Business School was honoured with a silver medal in the category of Executive Development. According to the consultancy, the attribution of the award “celebrates the innovation, creativity, and hard work that went into creating the program, which serves as the gold standard and catalyst for other curricula developed across the firm.”

Expanding Horizons launched in late 2013, and since then 10 cohorts of participants have been through the curriculum, including more than 225 partners from 40 offices around the globe. The experiential programme is geared towards helping partners discover their strengths, and focus on their passions to develop deeper connections with clients, while gaining a heightened awareness of their impact.

A.T. Kearney and Atos win executive development awards

Stephen Parker, the firm's Chief Learning Officer said, "It's a vindication of all the ways we pushed ourselves to make this program more impactful, more meaningful, and more remarkable… Every Partner has either a PhD or MBA and they spend their days surrounded by knowledge, wisdom, and expertise when working with their clients, so we knew we had to offer something different.”

Johan Aurik, A.T. Kearney's Managing Partner from 2012 to 2018, was the original sponsor of Expanding Horizons. He added, “Talent development is at the core of our business," Johan says, "and we set out five years ago to develop a truly world-class professional development program with our partners at LBS. We succeeded beyond our expectations and I’m proud to see the impact every day, both for the firm and the people themselves. We’ve truly made people grow, faster and in new directions, and created lasting impact.”


Global consulting firm Atos was also honoured at the awards for its collaboration with Cambridge University’s Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) and Paderborn University’s Software Innovation Campus Paderborn (SICP). Atos calls the Gold for Experts – Talents for Company Progress programme its “flagship curriculum” for developing business technology leaders. The six-month residential program is the cornerstone of Atos’ Expert career track, and looks to further develop the leadership skills of people technology backgrounds. 2018 will see Gold for Experts run for its tenth time.

Marc Meyer, EVP Group Executive & Talent Management Group Communications at Atos said, “Atos is thrilled to receive this award, recognizing the trusted partnership we have built with the Institute for Manufacturing at Cambridge University and the Software Innovation Campus at Paderborn University. Our technical experts are the lifeblood of our company and the Gold for Experts programme undoubtedly makes our technology leaders more effective within the business.”

Judith Shawcross, Head of Executive and Professional Development at the Cambridge University’s Institute for Manufacturing, remarked, “It is a real honour to have won such an award – a testimony to the hard work of the three partners, our learning by doing philosophy and the exceptional contributors involved. It is a privilege to guide the delegates on their learning journey and witness their project achievements.”

Gregor Engels, Head of C-Lab and SICP, concluded, “We are very delighted that our successful partnership with University of Cambridge and Atos has been honoured with this special award. It helps us to strengthen our expertise in professional education in the SICP.”

See: Atos wins deal to establish supercomputing Centre of Excellence in Wales.