Accenture Acquires Leading Organization Design Consultancy Kates Kesler

Addition of new methodology and experts will bolster existing C-suite offerings for companies navigating organizational change and business model disruption

Accenture has acquired Kates Kesler, an organization design consultancy headquartered in New York City that helps many of the world’s largest companies execute their growth strategies. Kates Kesler joins Accenture’s Talent & Organization / Human Potential practice, adding new methodologies and organizational design solutions that will expand existing C-suite offerings including: People Experience, Organization, Leadership & Culture, Work & Workforce, Digital Core, Business & Change Agility, Intelligent Operating Model and Living Systems.

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Kates Kesler is one of the most respected firms in the field of organization design, both for its insights and design processes as well as for its highly participative methodology. The latter has become the standard for organization design across industries, and central to the company’s many recognitions, which include being named one of Forbes’ ‘Best Management Consulting Firms’ four years in a row.

“Many of our clients were already shifting their operating models in response to dramatic changes in their business strategies even before the COVID-19 global pandemic hit,” said Eva Sage-Gavin, who leads Accenture’s Global Talent & Organization / Human Potential practice. “Kates Kesler’s recognized experts and leading methodology are a natural complement to our existing offerings in this area and will enhance our ability to outmaneuver today’s never normal for and with our clients.”

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Kates Kesler was founded in 2010 by Amy Kates and Greg Kesler, thought leaders and practitioners who have authored numerous books on organization design. Their most recent book, Bridging Organization Design and Performance, guides CEOs in activating their global operating models. In addition to consulting, the firm helps their clients build internal capability, including through executive education programs with leading universities globally.

“Sharing our work with clients and building the field of organization design have always been priorities for us, and joining Accenture scales that ambition to new highs,” said Amy Kates, a Kates Kesler co-founder.

Greg Kesler, Kates Kesler’s other co-founder, added “The opportunity to scale what we do and bring the strategy, technology and innovation assets of Accenture to bear in our organization work is an exciting vision.”

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