Consulting Magazine: Top 25 management consultants

13 May 2015 4 min. read

Consulting Magazine has released the 2015 edition of the ‘Top 25 Consultants’, an annual list of the 25 most accomplished and talented advisors in the industry. All recognised consultants work at different consulting firms, with 20 of the of the 25 award winners male.

For consulting firms globally, talent is one of the most important, arguably the key differentiator in the marketplace. In an industry which revolves around the quality of human capital, with the ‘product’ in essence boiling down to the excellence of thinking and execution, it goes without saying that at the end of the line the consultancies with the best talent win.

Top 25 Consultants

To recognise the leaders in the consulting industry – which employs more than 250,000 consultants in the United States alone – US-based Consulting Magazine on an annual basis releases two lists: ‘The 35 most talented young consultants under 35’ – released two months ago – and the ‘Top 25 Consultants’, released yesterday. The latter list contains a “distinguished group” of senior advisors, that have provided an “extraordinary contribution” to the profession, both in their work as well as in their accomplishments, setting them aside from the thousands of other brilliant minds that work with them. Consultants recognised have for instance provided excellent client service (customers were included in the nomination process), launched or stood at the basis of new firms, played a pivotal role in opening new offices or large-scale global expansion, or led the creation of breakthrough thought leadership.

This year more than 400 nominees were taken under scrutiny, leading to an elite group of 25:

- Stefan Larsson, Excellence in Healthcare, Senior Partner, The Boston Consulting Group
- Bill Neuenfeldt, Excellence in Leadership, Partner, Bain & Company
- Alex Liu, Excellence in Client Service, Partner, A.T. Kearney
- David Barrow, Excellence in Healthcare, Managing Director, L.E.K. Consulting
- Basilia Yao, Excellence in Public Sector, Senior Director, Alvarez & Marsal

Stefan Larsson - Bill Neuenfeldt - Alex Liu - David Barrow and Balilia Yao

- Stephen Chase, Excellence in Leadership, Head of Management Consulting US, KPMG
- Ellen Hives, Excellence in Media & Communications, Principal, EY
- Scott McIntyre, Excellence in Public Sector, Principal, PwC
- Derek Bang, Excellence in Healthcare, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, Crowe Horwath
- Thomas Mataconis, Excellence in Financial Services, Senior Vice President, Carlisle & Gallagher

Stephen Chase - Ellen Hives - Scott McIntyre - Derek Bang and Thomas Mataconis

- TJ Campbell, Excellence in Client Service, Partner, Capco
- Kimberly Dickerson, Excellence in Financial Services, Managing Director, Protiviti
- Mary Tinebra, Excellence in Client Service, Senior Partner, Mercer
- Steve King, Excellence in Leadership, Head of Southern California, Point B
- Pat Meade, Excellence in Leadership, General Manager Western Region, Slalom Consulting

TJ Cambell - Kimberly Dickerson - Mary Tinebra - Steve King and Pat Meade

- Nathan Brewer, Excellence in Public Sector, Vice President, Sapient
- Mark Finlan, Excellence in Leadership, Managing Director, Censeo Consulting Group
- Todd Hollowell, Excellence in Healthcare, Chief Operating Officer, Impact Advisors
- Tom Hulsebosch, Excellence in Energy, Managing Director, West Monroe Partners
- Pratap Khedkar, Excellence in Leadership, Managing Principal, ZS Associates

Nathan Brewer - Mark Finlan - Todd Hollowell - Tom Hulsebosch and Pratap Khedkar

- Denis McFarlane, Excellence in Leadership, Founder, Infinitive
- Steven Skinner, Excellence in Retail, Senior Vice President, Cognizant
- Gary Sturisky, Excellence in Leadership, National Consulting Leader, McGladrey
- Laura Yaeger, Excellence in Client Service, Executive Vice President, Huron Consulting Group
- James Feltman, Excellence in Client Service, Senior Managing Director, Mesirow Financial Consulting

Denis McFarlane - Steven Skinner - Gary Sturisky - Laura Yaeger and James Feltman

An analysis of the 25 young consultants reveals that all recognised advisors work at different consulting firms, with the overlarge majority serving in a leadership / partner role. 20 of the top 25 consultants are male (80%), highlighting that despite the considerable diversity efforts resounding throughout the industry the profession’s boardroom still is male dominated terrain. In the case of the Top 35 under 35 ranking, which highlights the brightest minds from lower ranks of the consulting ladder, the percentage of females was considerably higher (40%). More than half of the advisors work at a top-tier consultancy, for instance voted best consulting firm to work for or most prestigious consulting firm in the marketplace. 

Last month the MCA, the representative body for management consultancy firms in the UK, revealed its pick of the most talented young consultants in the UK, while earlier this month highlighted the six most influential consultants – from a thought leadership perspective – in banking.