Bill Duffy joins Kearney as VP in operations and performance practice

31 August 2021 2 min. read
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Billy Duffy, a seasoned operations consultant, has joined Kearney as a vice president in the firm’s operations and performance practice. He will be based in Kearney’s Chicago headquarters.

Duffy brings three decades of experience in business transformation, operational excellence, and M&A advisory, having served clients across automotive, industrial products & services, oil & gas, chemicals, energy, and food & beverage.

He joins Kearney from West Monroe Partners, where he spent the last five years as leader of the consumer and industrial product practice. At West Monroe, he oversaw a team of 40 manufacturing, supply chain, and Industry 4.0 consultants.

Before that, Duffy spent eight years at Houston-based management consultancy Evolve Partners, where he was a VP leading operational improvement programs for energy, chemical, and manufacturing clients. He was also previously a senior manager at BearingPoint and a project manager at Celerant Consulting.

Bill Duffy joins Kearney as VP in operations and performance practice

Duffy began his consulting career at Deloitte’s Chicago office. Prior to that, he spent eight years at Illinois Tool Works, where he was a business unit manager overseeing a multisite auto part manufacturing operation.

Duffy holds an MBA from Loyola University Chicago and a BS in mechanical engineering from Marquette University.

"Our clients will value Bill's deep operations expertise and proven ability to build trusted relationships with senior executives,” said Patrick Haischer, partner and Americas co-lead of the Kearney’s operations and performance practice. “His arrival strengthens our Americas team as we address clients' most crucial operational challenges ― whether it be cost reduction, capacity growth, complexity management, post-merger integration, continuous improvement, change management, or Industry 4.0 transformation.”

Duffy added, "I know that as part of Kearney's globally respected Strategic Operations team, I will have opportunities to tackle big and important challenges. I am thrilled to be here and can't wait to contribute to all the great work Kearney does."

Kearney has approximately 3,600 employees in 40+ countries and offers a wide range of management consulting services to clients across industries.

The firm last year hired Mike Chapman as leader of the media sector in the Americas.