Nashville-based Vaco acquires MorganFranklin Consulting

13 August 2019 2 min. read
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Vaco, a recruitment and consulting firm, has acquired MorganFranklin Consulting, a McLean, Virginia–based consultancy serving the private and public sector.

The deal was backed by Olympus Partners, of which Vaco is a portfolio company. The financial terms were not disclosed.

According to a release from Vaco, the deal creates a combined firm with annual revenues of $750 million. Vaco’s revenues in 2017 were $442 million.

Nashville-based Vaco was founded in 2002, and specializes in executive search, permanent placement, and strategic staffing. The company also offers business consulting services through a partner network of 4,300+ consultants. The company has more than 1,200 employees across offices in the US, Canada, and India, and was on Forbes’ 2018 and 2019 List of America’s Best Recruiting Firms.

Nashville-based Vaco acquires MorganFranklin Consulting

MorganFranklin delivers consulting services in business, finance, and digital transformation, accounting and financial reporting, risk, M&A, and data & analytics, among other areas. Aside from its Washington-area headquarters, the company has regional offices in Atlanta, NYC, San Francisco, and LA. MorganFranklin was the top-ranked Small Consulting Firm to Work For in Consulting Magazine’s 2018 list.

The deal, as such, gives Vaco a more fully-realized consulting arm, with end-to-end solutions across business consulting.

“As Vaco's consulting platform, we become part of a global professional services organization enabling increased scale to serve our clients, support our people, and accelerate our growth as a premier global consulting brand,” Chris Mann, CEO and managing partner of MorganFranklin Consulting, said. “We are excited about the opportunity to offer current and future MorganFranklin and Vaco clients seamless access to an end-to-end professional services solution."

MorganFranklin will maintain its brand as part of the deal. Chris Mann will continue in his role as CEO of MorganFranklin, while working closely with Vaco CEO Jerry Bostelman.

"Vaco has always strived to be the most consultative talent & solutions firm in the industry and with this union we can deliver an unparalleled complete spectrum of services," said Bostelman.