Andrew Thomas Kearney

Andrew Thomas "Tom" Kearney (1892–1962) was the founder of A.T. Kearney, one of the world's oldest management consulting firms.[1]

Andrew Thomas Kearney
Born(1892-07-05)July 5, 1892
DiedJanuary 11, 1962(1962-01-11) (aged 69)
Passavant Memorial Hospital, Chicago, Illinois
Resting placeRosehill Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois
EducationPennsylvania State College
Known forFounding A.T. Kearney
Spouse(s)Harriet Mohr
  • James Griffith Kearney (father)
  • Margaret Smith Kearney (mother)


Andrew Thomas Kearney became part of James O. McKinsey's firm, McKinsey & Company, three years after it was founded in 1926.[2] Kearney was McKinsey's first partner and head of its first office in Chicago. At the time, McKinsey & Company was one of the few firms that were focused on management consulting for top level executives rather than specialized consulting in areas such as accounting or law.

In 1937, McKinsey died unexpectedly at the age of 48 due to pneumonia. While the company continued to operate as before, Kearney and the remaining partners disagreed over how to run the firm. This led to a split in the company in 1939, which resulted in Kearney taking the Chicago office and renaming it "McKinsey, Kearney & Company".[3] In 1947, Kearney sold his rights to the name "McKinsey" to Marvin Bower, and renamed his firm Kearney & Company.[4] In 1961, Kearney retired and James Phelan became the managing partner of the firm. Kearney died on January 11, 1962.

According to Kearney: "Our success as consultants will depend upon the essential rightness of the advice we give and our capacity for convincing those in authority that it is good."


  1. ^ Thomas, Helen; Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson; Stefan Stern (3 June 2010). "Booz and AT Kearney in talks to combine". Financial Times. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  2. ^ Yates, Ronald (6 May 1995). "Eds Offer Roils Chicago-based A.t. Kearney". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 22 December 2013.
  3. ^ Martin, Douglas (2003-01-24). "Marvin Bower, 99; Built McKinsey & Co". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331.
  4. ^ "The Kearney Story". Kearney.

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