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240 consultants in France, 2,500 worldwide. Roland Berger Strategy Consultants has 51 offices in 36 countries.
Roland Berger is the leading strategy consulting firm from Europe (in size). The firm was founded by Roland Berger in 1967 in Munich; he left the chairmanship in 2010. The Paris office will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2016.
The firm has succeeded in establishing itself alongside the Anglo-Saxon firms. RB is heavily present in banking, energy, retail, private equity, among others.
Roland Berger has met huge success in Europe, specifically in France and Germany. The firm is considered by some to be the world's 4th largest firm. It could nonetheless be criticized for its Eurocentrism. It is seen as a German firm that has spread across Europe, has only a limited presence in North America and the UK, and which is struggling to make its mark in Asia.
In the early 2010s, RB developed an expansion strategy involving opening offices in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, as well as a North American market conquest strategy, particularly through the automotive sector. These tactics were based on raising capital (including from Roland Berger himself). But this quest for funding pushed the company in early 2011 to try to seek support, including from Deloitte (the board backtracked in the space of a weekend…), and it was the subject of numerous takeover rumors until 2014, before opting to formally retain its independence, probably at the expense of a part of its growth and by adopting austerity measures. This new direction coincided with the arrival at the head of the company of Charles-Edouard Bouée, today one of the few French leaders of a famous German company.
Meanwhile, the Paris office has enjoyed tremendous growth since the early 2000s, when many of senior partners from AT Kearney joined the firm. Until 2013 the office was undoubtedly one of the most dynamic ones around, irritating competitors that accused it of seeking to lure clients and cutting prices.
For a long time it succeeded in attracting renowned professionals, including many of the Parisian partners from Oliver Wyman Financial Services in 2011.
Capitalistic turmoil has put the brakes on the rise of Roland Berger. The Parisian and Belgian offices have lost much of their Aerospace and Defense teams, as the result of a spin-off (Archery Consulting) and a raid from BCG (four partners). The Financial Services team has also been decimated, leaving in dispersed order at the end of 2015.
Clearly, the new World CEO has a busy schedule.
Shareholding: 250 partners, including 25 in Paris
Updated: January 201x
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