Kearney names Arjun A. Sethi as incoming head of the Asia Pacific

30 January 2020 Consultancy.asia

Global management consulting firm Kearney has appointed a new leader for the Asia Pacific, with Arjun A. Sethi set to take the helm from the 1st of May.

Global strategy and management consultancy Kearney – until recently known as A.T. Kearney – has appointed Arjun A. Sethi as its new Head of Asia Pacific, effective from the 1st of May. Based out of the firm’s Singapore office, Sethi will oversee Kearney’s business strategy and operations spanning Southeast Asia, Greater China, Japan, India and Australia/NZ, and will also serve as Regional Chair. He succeeds Saurine Doshi, who has held the role for the past six years.

The appointment follows that of Utsav Garg as the firm’s Southeast Asia head last year. “Our Asia Pacific practice has been vibrant in recent years – and the source of some our most significant and innovative transformation assignments as a firm,” said Kearney’s worldwide managing partner Alex Liu. “Arjun’s leadership and expertise in the global digital and analytics space will accelerate the significant client expansion we envision across the entire region.”

Most recently serving as the vice chair of Kearney’s global Digital Transformation Practice out of New York, Sethi’s appointment sees the veteran consultant return to his roots in Asia – having first joined A.T. Kearney in New Delhi at the turn of the century. From there, Sethi in 2005 relocated with the firm to the US, gaining admittance to the partnership two years on and later being tapped to lead Kearney’s global and Americas Digital Transformation Practice.

Arjun A. Sethi, Head of Asia Pacific at Kearney

“I am excited to take on this role leading our business in such a diverse and dynamic region,” Sethi said of his latest challenge, having begun the transition at the start of the year. “Asia is the engine room for the global economy and this new decade will present even more change and opportunities for growth for our clients in the region and worldwide. Kearney brings a unique mix of expertise and empathy to help companies navigate this evolving business environment.”

Sethi will continue in his digital transformation vice chairman role parallel to heading up the Asia Pacific, and is in addition a member of Kearney’s Operating Committee. Regionally, he is set to succeed Saurine Doshi, who after six years at the helm will move into a new role leading Kearney’s global services and innovation practices. Previously its managing partner for India but now based out of Singapore, Doshi has been with the firm for the past two and a half decades.

According to a press release, Kearney has over the past six years made what it describes a significant strides in the Asia Pacific under Doshi’s watch, “growing its business in every market and cementing its place as the leading strategic operations and transformation partner in the region.” Kearney has altogether 15 offices across the region, and was rated by employment platform Vault.com as the fourth-leading strategy and management consultancy in APAC for 2020.


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