The 10 most popular bosses in the consulting industry

28 June 2021 3 min. read
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A selection of consulting leaders been revealed to be the best 10 in the UK. According to a recent survey of staff at global companies, RSM CEO Rob Donaldson and McKinsey & Company Senior Partner Kevin Sneader have the highest employee approval rating of CEOs in the consulting world.

Since 2007, online careers platform Glassdoor has collected a vast database of feedback on the worlds employers. When employees submit reviews about their employer on Glassdoor, they are asked to rate several factors tied to their employment experience. These include rating sentiment around their CEO’s leadership as well as around senior management, among others. Specifically, when rating their CEO on Glassdoor, employees are asked to report whether they approve or disapprove of or have no opinion about their CEO’s performance.

Analysing these responses, Glassdoor releases an annual list recognising the 50 most popular CEOs across various geographies – including the UK. Among the approximately 1.5 million employers reviewed on Glassdoor this year, the average CEO approval rating was 73% – however, 10 bosses from consulting firms have far exceeded this to break into Glassdoor’s yearly ranking.

The 10 most popular bosses in the consulting industry

Christian Sutherland-Wong, Glassdoor Chief Executive Officer, said of the findings, “Through a challenging year, it’s inspiring to see Top CEOs who, according to their employees, adapted to change, redefined visions and led transparently while putting the health and safety of employees at the forefront.”

Top of the list for the consulting industry this year, Rob Donaldson of RSM UK and Kevin Sneader of McKinsey & Company both received 97% positive feedback from employees. Donaldson spent 20 years leading RSM UK’s national corporate finance and restructuring advisory businesses, before becoming CEO in 2020. Meanwhile, in spite of his popularity among employees, Sneader is leaving his role at the end of the year, after McKinsey’s partners ousted him to be replaced by Bob Sternfels.

Cyril Garcia, CEO of Capgemini Invent, currently enjoys the third highest approval of the UK consulting industry, at 96%. Having led Capgemini’s Consulting wing since 2015, he has presided over the restructuring of the firm’s successful consolidation of its consulting, digital and creative businesses as of 2018. He is followed by Mark Reynolds of engineering consultancy Mace, Alan Belfield of rival Arup, and Kevin Ellis – the UK Senior Partner of PwC. Both Arup and PwC have recently set out plans to enable staff to work part of their weeks remotely, following the pandemic.

Finally, four consulting CEOs found themselves with 94% approval ratings among UK Glassdoor users. Lance Levy, of Capco, Vincent Clancy of real estate consultancy Turner and Townsend, Rober E. Sulentic of CBRE, and Dave Dunckley of Grant Thornton UK each still vastly outperformed the average CEO in Britain.

Dunckley, who took over as CEO during a turbulent spell for Grant Thornton, commented on his rating, “The past year has certainly been a unique one, and I’m immensely proud of how our people have responded to the challenging circumstances. Receiving this recognition is an honour and testament to the efforts of our wider leadership team, the partnership and all our people in successfully navigating our firm through the pandemic whilst supporting each other.”