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CIL Management Consultants is gearing up for a global growth drive. The plan for expanding over the present decade includes a strategy for broader value creation, advanced analytics and pricing strategy.

An international management consultancy with offices in the US, Europe, and the UK, CIL Management Consultants is a firm that works to help clients identify and prioritise the best opportunities for growth. Since its founding in 1986, the firm has offices in Chicago, London, Frome and Munich, with a headcount of around 150 people.

As CIL experiences a spike in demand for its services, however, the firm is looking to expand drastically by 2030. In the next eight years, the consultancy plans to treble its staff tally, hitting 500 globally. This will help it grow its locales in the US, UK and Europe, as well as launch a new service offering.

Jon Whiteman, Managing Partner and Alex Marshall, Senior Partner - CIL Management Consultants

The firm is immediately rolling out its new Value Creation practice. Over the coming seven years, CIL is committed to investing in advanced analytics and value creation services for this practice, which will help clients grow in the face of adversity brought about by the stream of macro issues that have affected economies over recent years – from Brexit and Covid through to inflation and disruptive operating models.

To guide this growth plan, CIL has announced the installation of a new Managing Partner at its head. Jon Whiteman takes over from Giles Johnson, who has led CIL’s growth over the past three years, and will remain with the firm as a Non-Executive Director and Senior Advisor to both its education and healthcare practices.

Speaking on CIL’s future ambitions, Whiteman noted, “We intend to put CIL on the global consultancy stage, broadening our services and expertise to help investors and businesses alike. To achieve all this we need great people; the consultancy sector is facing talent challenges like any other. The management teams of the businesses we support are diverse, and I believe the lack of diversity in consultancy isn’t a fair match. By deliberately seeking talent outside of traditional pools of privilege we intend to build CIL into the best consultancy to work with, and for.”

An internal appointment, Whiteman moves into the Managing Partner role after leading the industrial products and services practice. Before CIL, he worked in industry with Fortune 500 company, Crown Holdings, and in sales and business insight for Diageo. As he looks to take CIL to the next level, he added that the firm also intends to expand by capitalising on the under-served mid-market section, widely regarded as the true engine of the global economy.

Speaking on mid-tier firms, he added, “Many are entering new phases of investment and their expectations for rapid growth are challenged by a high degree of uncertainty both within and without. The consultancy sector is a growing space and there’s a whole spectrum of talent and services out there. Where we’ll compete is the mid-market, a vastly different beast to the enterprise-size clients, and typically underserved. This means the type of consultancy they require is different too, and that’s where we intend to shine.”

Whiteman will be supported by a team of Senior Partners from around the world. This now includes Alex Marshall, whose promotion coincides with Whiteman’s. Marshall steps up to Senior Partner from his position as financial services and business services practice lead.

Alongside Whiteman and Marshall, CIL’s partnership includes nine other leading figures. They are: Tabitha Elwes; James de La Salle; Mark Jeynes; Tom Fletcher; Juliane Kaden-Botha; Axel Leichum; Liam McGuinness; James Silk; and Paul Simpson.

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