The 10 best CEOs and Managing Partners in the consulting industry

06 July 2018 4 min. read

A selection of consulting leaders on either side of the Atlantic have been revealled to be the best 10 in the world. According to a recent survey of staff at global companies, Accenture Chair and CEO Pierre Nanterme and McKinsey & Company Managing Partner Dominic Barton have the highest employee approval rating of CEOs in the consulting world.

An analysis of employees at global consulting firms has uncovered the best CEOs and Managing Partners in the industry, according to their own employees. Annual research by careers website Glassdoor took in the opinions of staff from the US, UK, Canada, France and Germany to determine that four UK-based consulting leaders and seven located in the US make up the top bosses in the game, with not a single member of the top 10 scoring less than 90% in terms of staff approval rating.

Scoring 96%, French business executive and incumbent Accenture Chair and CEO Pierre Nanterme shares top spot in the consulting industry ranking with Dominic Barton. Pierre Nanterme has presided over a period of rapid expansion at Accenture, with the firm spending a hefty $1 billion on acquisitions in 2017. Outgoing McKinsey & Company Managing Partner Barton will be replaced by Kevin Sneader this year, however the long-standing head of the business is still viewed in high regards by his staff, atop the list.

The 10 best CEOs and Managing Partners in the consulting industry

Next in the evaluation of consulting captains, US-based executives Brad Jackson and Lynne Doughtie both score 94%. Brad Jackson is CEO of Slalom Consulting, a firm which he co-founded in 2001. Doughtie meanwhile is the first female CEO of Big Four firm KPMG’s US wing, having been installed in the position in 2015. Closely following the pair is Deloitte US CEO Cathy Engelbert, who is due to be replaced at the head of the firm in the coming months, scores an approval rating of 93% among employees.

UK head of Grant Thornton Sacha Romanovitch ranks next, with a score of 92%. Romanovitch is also the co-chair of the UK Government’s new Inclusive Economy Partnership, which launched earlier in the year to work on business solutions to societal divides. She shares sixth place with three other executives who each scored 92%.

Fellow Grant Thornton executive Mike McGuire, the firm’s global CEO, has been in the job since 2015, while Protiviti’s Joseph A. Tarrantino has led the organisation since 2007. They are joined by EY’s Mark Weinberger, who last year topped a separate poll of the most “likeable” CEOs by research firm Owler.

Rounding off the top 10 are PwC’s Kevin Ellis and Capco’s Lance Levy, both on 91%. Ellis, who is PwC’s UK Chair, was named as one of the consulting industry’s top allies of ethnic minority workers earlier this year. Global CEO Lance Levy presided over Capco’s return to independence last year, having joined the firm in 2015.