Kearney names Nigel Andrade global lead of strategic services

02 June 2024 2 min. read
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Former Kearney Australia and New Zealand managing partner Nigel Andrade has been appointed chair of the management consultancy’s strategy growth & organisation transformation business.

Handing over A/NZ duties to Adam Dixon at the start of 2020, Andrade has since been overseeing CX innovation lab Kearney Ignite, while also serving as a senior fellow of Kearney think-tank, the Global Business Policy Council.

His appointment is one of a series of senior leadership handovers since Bob Willen took up the top global role last month, including Tokyo-based company veteran Shigeru Sekinada as the consultancy's new Asia Pacific regional head.

Kearney names Nigel Andrade global lead of strategic services

After kicking off his management consulting career with close to a decade and a half at McKinsey & Company, Andrade has now spent more than ten years at Kearney, including three as A/NZ managing partner.

In addition to serving as a member of Kearney’s global board, Andrade is also a non-executive director of Unicef Australia and independent think-tank Next25.

In announcing his expanded role, Andrade was described by the firm as having a clear passion for origination and driving tangible change, and noted for “seamlessly bringing together global entrepreneurs, innovators, specialist firms, customer scientists, and design thinkers to create and commercialise new growth engines” as the founder of Kearney Ignite.

Andrade will now lead Kearney’s global strategic services practice out of Sydney, which brings together the firm’s expertise in strategy, growth, and organisational transformation and houses other specialist lines including Ignite. In offering his congratulations, former global managing partner Alex Liu described the emerging practice as an important growth vector for the firm.

Liu’s successor took over at the end of last month, with a string of global practice and regional leadership appointments having been made in the weeks since, including fresh chairs in Europe (Richard Forrest), the Middle East (Mauricio Zuazua), Americas (Carol Cruickshank), and Asia Pacific. The latter, Japan managing director Shigeru Sekinada, has been with the firm for more than two decades.