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1926 Predecessor firm established
1929 Andrew Thomas Kearney joins firm
1934 Landmark study of wholesale operations of Marshall Field & Co. completed
1935 Tom Kearney becomes managing partner
James M. Phelan joins firm
1939 The firm splits in two: McKinsey & Co. moves to New York and Boston, and McKinsey, Kearney & Co. remains in Chicago
1945 Tom Kearney asked by President Franklin Roosevelt to head mission to help the Chinese improve their defense readiness efforts. Kearney and staff spend six months in China. He receives a U.S. Medal of Freedom and a Victory Medal from the Chinese government.
1946 Firm adopts the name A.T. Kearney & Company
1961 Tom Kearney retires and James Phelan becomes managing partner
1962 Tom Kearney dies on January 11
1964 A.T. Kearney, G.m.b.H., established as first non-U.S. office in Düsseldorf, led by Art Kelly
1965-1968 Expansion continues with offices opened in San Francisco, Milan, Paris, and London
1969 James Phelan becomes chairman of the board and Kenneth L. Block becomes managing partner of A.T. Kearney & Company, Inc.
1972 Firm's name changes to A.T. Kearney, Inc.
Kenneth Block becomes chairman of the board
Donald E. Ramlow becomes managing partner
First Asian office opens in Tokyo
1975 Toronto office opens
1980 Offices open in Amsterdam, Stuttgart, Atlanta, and Dallas
1983 Fred G. Steingraber becomes the fourth managing partner in the history of the firm
1985 A.T. Kearney begins consulting work in China
1986 Joint ventures in China, Taiwan, and Tunisia signed
1987 Collaboration with International Trade Research Institute of the People's Republic of China results in definitive study of manufacturing equity joint ventures in China
1988 Four-part landmark study of U.S. manufacturing competitiveness completed
Biggest expansion in the history of the firm peaks with 20 of 26 offices enlarged, relocated, or opened since late1985
Offices open in Madrid and Munich
A.T. Kearney named fifth-largest broad-based multidisciplined management consultancy in the United States
Firm surpasses $100 million in revenue
1989 A.T. Kearney's operation in Germany celebrates 25th anniversary; first officers' meeting outside of the United States held in Munich
A.T. Kearney staff worldwide reaches 1,000 employees
1990 Office opens in Singapore
1991 Berlin office opens
1992 Three Nordic offices acquired in Copenhagen, Oslo, and Stockholm
Offices open in Hong Kong and Prague
Global Business Policy Council formed to provide a global strategic forum for executives and policy leaders
1993 Firm marks 10th straight year of double-digit growth
1994 A.T. Kearney wins two five-year contracts from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, largest in firm's history
Offices open in Helsinki, Mexico City, São Paulo, Sydney, Melbourne, and Silicon Valley
1995 A.T. Kearney hires its 2,000th employee
A.T. Kearney becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of EDS, nearly doubling in size and vastly expanding its industry expertise and information technology capabilities
Offices open in Beijing and Seoul
1996 Moscow office expansion makes A.T. Kearney the multinational consultancy with the largest on-site capability in Russia
Offices open in Kuala Lumpur, Lisbon, Rome, and Warsaw
1997 Offices open in New Delhi, Shanghai, and Jakarta
1998 Premiere issue of Executive Agenda, the firm's thought-leadership journal, published
Offices open in Vienna and Frankfurt
2000 Dietmar Ostermann becomes managing partner and chairman of the board
2003 Winning the Merger Endgame, by Fritz Kroeger and Graeme Deans, selected by Executive Book Summaries as one of the best business books of 2003
Officers elect Henner Klein as managing partner and chairman of the board
2004 Consulting magazine names Fritz Kroeger to its list of Top 25 Most Influential Consultants
2005 Paul A. Laudicina, director of A.T. Kearney's Global Business Policy Council, named to Consulting magazine's list of Top 25 Most Influential Consultants
2006 A.T. Kearney completes management buyout from EDS—again becomes an independent, privately owned firm
A.T. Kearney celebrates its 80th anniversary
Officers elect Paul Laudicina as managing partner and chairman of the board
A.T. Kearney South Korea LLC becomes largest consulting presence in the country
Offices open in Dubai and Ljubljana
2007 Consulting magazine once again names Paul Laudicina to its list of Top 25 Most Influential Consultants
A.T. Kearney launches its new strategic direction, Vision 20/15
Office opens in Bucharest
2008 Daniel Mahler, the firm's global coordinator for Sustainability, named to Consulting magazine's list of Top 25 Most Influential Consultants
A.T. Kearney receives Excellence in Diversity Award from Consulting magazine and makes its first appearance in the magazine's annual list of Ten Best Firms to Work For.
Offices open in Abu Dhabi and Manama
2009 Offices open in Kiev and Riyadh
2010 Firm achieves carbon neutrality across its worldwide operations, fulfilling its first-in-the-industry 2007 pledge to be carbon neutral in 2010
Hana Ben-Shabat, partner, named to Consulting magazine's list of Top 25 Most Influential Consultants
Office opens in Johannesburg, building on longstanding presence in South Africa
2011 Firm receives Communitas Award for excellence in community service for second year in a row
A.T. Kearney named one of Consulting magazine's Best Firms to Work For for fourth consecutive year
Offices open in Istanbul, Houston, and Calgary
2012 A.T. Kearney launches an updated logo and new look on all of its materials that better captures and reflects the firm's distinctive characteristics
Joseph Raudabaugh, partner, named to Consulting magazine's list of Top 25 Most Influential Consultants

Johan Aurik becomes managing partner and chairman of the board, the eighth in the firm’s history, and is named to Consulting magazine's list of Top 25 Most Influential Consultants

A.T. Kearney launches Vision 2020, with the ambition to being the industry’s most admired strategic consultancy
New office in Bogotá expands firm’s presence in Latin America
2014 A.T. Kearney is elevated to a strategic partner of the World Economic Forum

A.T. Kearney is once again on Working Mother magazine's "100 Best Companies" list

New office opens in Doha and Palo Alto


A.T. Kearney achieves double-digit growth for the second year in a row, doubling in size since its management buy-back in 2006


Firm celebrates its 90th anniversary since its founding in 1926, making A.T. Kearney one of the oldest and largest global strategic consultancies, with a history going back to the birth of the industry