The predecessor firm of A.T. Kearney was founded in 1926, and in 1929, Andrew Thomas (Tom) Kearney joined the firm. A marketing pioneer in his own right, Tom Kearney and his associates blazed a new trail in the world of management consulting. Unlike its competitors, A.T. Kearney approached consulting from a general survey perspective, examining all aspects of a company to develop more comprehensive solutions.

International Expansion
From the end of World War II through Tom Kearney’s retirement in 1961, our firm continued to thrive. In 1964, we began our international expansion by opening an office in Düsseldorf. We quickly followed with new offices throughout the United States and Europe, and in 1972, we opened our first office in Asia, in Tokyo. Today, we have a vast global network with offices in all major regions of the world. This expansion also coincided with decades of the firm’s double-digit growth, which continued through the turn of the century.

In 1995, we joined with EDS, a leader in the global information technology industry. Together, we tackled a number of highly successful projects with many of the world’s leading companies.

Renewed Independence
In January 2006, A.T. Kearney partners purchased the firm and achieved independence. More than 170 A.T. Kearney officers from 26 countries participated in the transaction as investors. We quickly became known as the 80-year-old start-up, blending a proud heritage dating back to Tom Kearney with the spirit and enthusiasm of a new company.

Since then, we have been on a strong growth trajectory, expanding our global footprint with new offices in the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe. We have launched new initiatives and expanded ongoing programs to better meet the needs of our clients and our people and to serve the communities in which we live. We have been recognized for our efforts in diversity and inclusion, sustainability, and community service. Our colleagues have garnered numerous awards for leadership, innovation, and client excellence.

In 2011, we celebrated our 85th anniversary. With this strong foundation, our global team, 3,000 people strong, continues to meet the challenges of an ever-changing global market by delivering on the simple promise of providing immediate results and delivering long-term success.

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