John Cala joins PA Consulting as Americas leader

12 November 2021 2 min. read
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John Cala, a seasoned strategy consulting leader, has joined PA Consulting as head of its Americas region.

Cala brings more than 25 years of consulting industry experience to the role, where he will focus on growing PA Consulting’s US business and driving results for clients.

He has deep expertise leading consulting engagements in profit improvement, revenue growth, and organizational change, with a focus on technology and industrial clients. Cala also has experience in consulting industry account management, leading several large global client accounts.

He joins PA from IBM, where he spent 15 years and latterly served as a senior partner in the enterprise strategy practice. Before that, Cala was managing director of IBM's integrated account relationships with Philips and Lenovo, overseeing worldwide sales teams and ensuring quality of service delivery.

John Cala joins PA Consulting as Americas leader

Before joining IBM, Cala was a partner at PwC, where he led the Western region strategy practice and high-tech industry group.

He holds an MBA from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Occidental College.

“John has spent the bulk of his career helping organizations and accounts grow and will drive our team to generate ingenious results and deliver unique work for our clients,” said PA Consulting CEO Ken Toombs, who joined the innovation and transformation consultancy in 2018 as Americas leader before being named CEO in 2020.

“Our unique purpose sets us apart from the other consulting firms,” Toombs added. “We bring together a unique team of team of strategists, innovators, designers, consultants, digital experts, scientists, engineers, and technologists to help our clients drive growth.”

PA Consulting is headquartered in London and has 3,300 professionals in the US and Europe. The firm provides services in strategy, digital transformation, and product development and innovation, among other areas.

“PA is a firm with a huge growth trajectory – growth that creates its own momentum and energy,” Cala said. “I look forward to leading our US team to grow, develop, and find success.”