Chicago: The partners of A.T. Kearney have elected Brussels-based Johan Aurik to a three-year term as managing partner and chairman of the board starting on January 1, 2013.
Aurik will succeed Paul Laudicina, who has been A.T. Kearney's managing partner since 2006.
Aurik, 53, joined A.T. Kearney in 1989 and became a partner in 1997. Since 2009 he has led the firm's Europe, Middle East, and Africa region.
"Johan has been one of the firm's most dedicated, skilled, and passionate architects of the new A.T. Kearney and a tireless member of our global leadership team," said Laudicina, managing partner and chairman of the board of A.T. Kearney.
"He is a special leader and exceptionally well suited to take our firm forward and build on the 86-year legacy of A.T. Kearney."
Aurik has some 23 years of consulting experience in industries including consumer products and retail.
He was a member of A.T. Kearney's board of directors in 2006 when the firm regained its independence
Other leadership roles Aurik has held within the firm include European leader of the consumer industries and retail practice and unit leader of A.T. Kearney's operations in Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxembourg.
Aurik is Dutch, and is fluent in Dutch, English, French and German. He has lived and worked in numerous cities in both Europe and the United States and holds master's degrees in history from the University of Amsterdam and from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
"I'm honored my fellow partners have elected me A.T. Kearney's next managing partner and look forward to working with our 3000 colleagues around the world to ensure we deliver both the immediate impact and growing advantage our clients expect from us," Aurik said.
Aurik is the eighth person to lead A.T. Kearney and the second managing partner elected since the firm regained its independence in a 2006 management buyout from EDS.
Since then A.T. Kearney has experienced a significant turnaround and rejuvenation. Revenues increased by 33 percent, the firm's global footprint expanded by 30 percent to include offices in 39 countries, and headcount grew from 2,500 in 2006 to 3,000 today.