PA Consulting acquires boutique The Cambridge Group

06 December 2022 2 min. read
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Boutique strategy advisory The Cambridge Group has joined PA Consulting. The US consultancy will enable PA to expand its presence across the Atlantic, providing it with a new office in Chicago.

The Cambridge Group is a growth strategy consulting firm, which has operated from Chicago for almost 50 years. Servicing clients across the consumer, retail, and healthcare sectors and are focused on successfully delivering corporate and business unit growth strategies, innovations, go-to-market activations, and pricing. It helps companies align their infrastructure, businesses, and resources to meet marketplace demand in a meaningfully differentiated way from their competitors.

Jim Eckels, Managing Partner at The Cambridge Group, stated, “We are thrilled to join PA Consulting, an organisation we’ve long admired and align well with. PA’s unique ability to take innovation from concept to prototype to launch will bring our strategy recommendations to market in ways that create even greater value for our clients.”

PA Consulting acquires boutique The Cambridge Group

Looking ahead, The Cambridge Group will enhance PA’s growth and innovation strategy capabilities, as it looks to expand in the US. To that end, the Chicago-based firm will also provide PA with a new office in a major US hub. Meanwhile, PA’s reputation as an international consultancy will enable The Cambridge Group to reach new clients and markets with its services.

Chris Fosdick, Managing Partner at The Cambridge Group, said, “PA’s reputation and focus areas tie in seamlessly with the capabilities that The Cambridge Group has been working towards for the past four decades. Together we can grow a market leading global growth strategy offering faster and more successfully as a combined entity.”

The move is PA’s second acquisition of the year. Earlier in 2022, the firm also acquired Dublin-based design agency Design Partners – the first deals realised by PA since receiving new investment from professional services firm Jacobs.

Speaking on the deal, PA CEO Ken Toombs concluded, “We welcome The Cambridge Group team to PA. The team bring valuable expertise in corporate and business growth strategy, go-to-market activation, innovation, and pricing, that align perfectly with PA’s end-to-end innovation positioning. Together we can create even more innovative growth strategy offerings for our clients.”