Nobody in the general public has ever heard of these guys. But they've *felt* their presence.
Booz Allen Hamilton, or more commonly Booz Allen, is an American private consulting firm headquartered in McLean, Virginia, with 80 other offices throughout the United States.
Ralph Shrader is its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer - the seventh since Edwin Booz founded the firm in Chicago circa 1914, making it one of the nation’s oldest consultancies.
Booz Allen's core business is contractual work completed on behalf of the US federal government, foremost on defense and homeland security matters, with limited engagements of foreign governments specific to U.S. military assistance programs. In this vein, Booz Allen’s services include strategy design, operations improvement, information technology work, systems engineering, organizational change efforts, modeling and simulation, program management, specialist staff augmentation, assurance and resilience, and economic and business analysis.
Booz Allen is somewhat unique in that it competes for business with both pure systems integrators and defense contractors such as SAIC, BAE Systems, and Lockheed Martin, as well as with broader management consulting firms with a considerable stake in the public sector market such as Deloitte and Accenture.
In 2008, Vault.com, an entity which provides survey based ‘prestige’ rankings of various professional industries, placed Booz Allen Hamilton second only to McKinsey & Company in the category of ‘Technology Consulting Firms’ (the sole grouping it was considered for), indicative of the fact technological issues in the broadest sense pervade a substantial portion of Booz Allen’s revenue stream.
As of July 31, 2008, what was formerly Booz Allen Hamilton’s parent company (which used the Booz Allen name itself) divided into two wholly separate entities, based on a vote by Booz Allen’s senior vice presidents and vice presidents.
As a result, the Booz Allen Hamilton moniker would be retained by the half focusing on U.S. governmental matters, with spinoff Booz & Company taking sole control of its commercial and international portfolio. As a consequence, Booz Allen Hamilton is now majority owned by private equity firm The Carlyle Group, while Booz & Company is owned and operated as a partnership.
The split was engendered by several endemic differences between the two business units, namely: profitability (i.e., government work, although less profitable than most of the commercial operations, exhibited less volatile earnings), internal culture (e.g., the government side frequently retained mid-level consultants for several years, whereas the commercial side had greater staff turnover due to an up or out policy), and recruiting philosophy for mid-to-senior level employees (Booz Allen recruited a relatively high proportion of bachelor's, non-business master’s, and doctoral degree holders from a wide array of schools compared to Booz & Co.'s primary focus on elite MBA graduates).
So they've got all these people who have gone on to other jobs.
Jonathan Black - Director, Corporate Affairs, University of Oxford
– Err... are you serious?! Corporate affairs?! Oxford University! Umm, since when was there *one* university in Oxford?!
Rohit Bhagat - Global Chief Operating Officer, Barclays Global Investors
Sir (Francis) Christopher Buchan Bland - Chairman of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and former Chairman of British Telecommunications PLC
Chipper Boulas - Venture advisor in Paris, France and former Vice President of Corporate Strategy, eBay
Jonathan S. Bush - President, CEO, and Co-founder of AthenaHealth – Provider of USA's medical records, Bush Jr's cousin.
Art Collins - Chairman and CEO, Medtronic, Inc.
Tim Collins - Founder and Chief Executive of Ripplewood Holdings
Edward C. Davies (Ted) - Managing Partner, Unisys Federal Systems
Karen Fawcett - Director, Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia
Richard Gay - Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Operations for VH1 and CMT, MTV Networks
Rhonda Germany - Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Honeywell
Gerry Horkan - Vice President of Corporate Strategy, Yahoo! Inc.
Paul Idzik - Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Barclays PLC
Raymond J. "Ray" Lane - General Partner at Kleiner Perkins Venture Capital Firm; Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Carnegie Mellon University, former President and Chief Operating Officer of Oracle Corporation, and inducted to West Virginia Business Hall of Fame[
Edward J. O'Hare - Chief Information Officer for the U.S. General Services Administration's's Federal Acquisition Service; former Assistant Commissioner, General Services Administration, and former vice president at Dynanet
Todd Y. Park - Co-founder and Chief Development Officer of Athena Health
Mark DeSantis, PhD - Chief Executive Officer of ANGLE Technology Consulting and Management and former CEO and President of Formation3 LLC
Stan Scoggins - Vice President of Worldwide Digital Assets, Universal Studios
Deven Sharma - President, Standard & Poor's and executive vice president for global strategy at The McGraw-Hill Companies
Michael Wolf - Former president and COO of MTV Networks
And then in the Govt. section watch out for the names in Bold. These are what you'd call connections with clout.
Wendy Alexander - Labour Party Leader and Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) (not so left wing eh).
Miles Axe Copeland, Jr. - a prominent U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative who was one of the founding members of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) under William Donovan.
Karol Joseph "Bo" Bobko - Retired United States Air Force officer and a former USAF and NASA astronaut.
James R. Clapper - Director of National Intelligence, formally Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and Lieutenant General in the US Air Force
Keith R. Hall - Director, National Reconnaissance Office (1997-2001); formerly Executive Director for Intelligence Community Affairs
Steve Isakowitz - Department of Energy Chief Financial Officer. Former Deputy Associate Administrator, NASA, 2002-2005
William Benjamin "Bill" Lenoir (Ph.D.) - Former NASA astronaut.
George E. Little - Media Relations, Central Intelligence Agency (2007-)
John M. McConnell - Director of National Intelligence (2007-2009); formerly Director of the National Security Agency (1992-96); retired in 1996 as Vice Admiral, United States Navy
Zoran Jolevski - Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia in the US.
Thomas S. Moorman Jr. - Commander, Air Force Space Command (1990-92); Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force (1994-1997)
Michael C. Mullen - Assistant Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Patrick Gorman - Chief Information Officer (CIO), and Assistant Deputy Director National Intelligence (ADDNI), Strategy, Plans, and Policy, ODNI
Andrew Turnbull - Member, House of Lords (upper Parliament), United Kingdom (2005-); Head of British Civil Service (2002-2005)
Melissa Hathaway - Director, National Cyber Security Initiative
General Frederick Frank Woerner, Jr. - Retired United States Army general and former commander of United States Southern Command.
R. James Woolsey, Jr. - Director of Central Intelligence Agency (1993-95)
Dov Zakheim - U.S. government advisor