Adam Dixon succeeds Nigel Andrade as Kearney's Australia boss

20 January 2020 3 min. read
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Global management consulting firm Kearney has appointed Adam Dixon as its new country managing partner for Australia and New Zealand.

Dixon has been with the strategy and management consultancy for eighteen years, and succeeds Nigel Andrade, who spent the past three years at the reins. He has now been promoted to Global Practice Leader of Kearney’s Customer & Design practice and a member of the firm’s Global Board of Directors. Andrade joined privately held Kearney in 2013, after previously serving rival McKinsey & Company for fourteen years.

The new ANZ managing partner has been tasked with expanding Kearney’s presence in the region, as the firm seeks to capitalise on a growing national consulting industry. According to the latest estimates, Australia’s 200+ leading consultancy firms now generate some US$5.8 billion in revenues, with more than half of that number flowing into the pockets of the industry’s fifteen largest players. 

Adam Dixon, Managing Partner ANZ at Kearney

Kearney specialises in strategy & operations consulting, and competes with the large strategy houses including McKinsey & Company, Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Bain & Company (‘MBB’), the strategic consultancy (Monitor Deloitte, Strategy&, EY-Parthenon, KPMG Strategy) and operations consultancy arms of the Big Four, as well as several specialist/niche consultancies. 

While the firm is smaller than then MBB – both globally and in Australia, Alex Liu, Kearney’s global management partner, recently described Kearney as “a challenger that punches above its weight in C-suite and transformation-related work.” Kearney also has the privilege of being more selective about its clients. “We're not the biggest consulting company….. We're not in the coverage game. That means we're more selective about where we work, and we focus on depth and impact.”

In Australia, McKinsey employs over 500 consultants and staff, while fast growing BCG has a team of 450 partners and staff. Bain meanwhile has seen its headcount nearly double in size in the past seven years to nearly 40 partners and over 250 consultants.  

Dixon leads a team of around 160 partners and consultants across Kearney’s offices in Sydney and Melbourne. He relocated to the Sydney office in 2008, having previously worked in the firm’s London, New York and Johannesburg locales. 

The American serves clients across Australia, New Zealand and Asia Pacific on a variety of strategic and operational topics, including corporate and market strategy, market entry and launch, customer experience, operating model and organisational design, operational performance improvement, outsourcing and offshoring, cost transformation, benchmarking and innovation. He also is the global lead of Kearney's Advantage Transformation Services practice.

Kearney, which last week rebranded from A.T. Kearney, has over 3,500 employees in 40+ countries globally, generating to the tune of $1.3 billion in revenues, making it the world’s fifth largest strategy & operations consultant. The company is headquartered in Chicago (US) and first landed on the ground in Australia 25 years ago.