ADL India appoints new managing partner, ties up with ADL Middle East

08 April 2020 3 min. read
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Global management consultancy Arthur D. Little (ADL) has appointed former McKinsey partner Barnik Chitran Maitra as its new managing partner in India – linking its India and Middle East operations in the process.

A storied 15-year veteran with McKinsey, Barnik Chitran Maitra has been named as global management consultancy Arthur D. Little’s new managing partner for India, where the firm has offices in New Delhi and Mumbai. In a side note, ADL revealed that its Middle East and India divisions will now operate as a single profit centre, with plans afoot to launch a number of global competence centres in India.

“ADL is committed to developing the Indian market having had a presence there since 1947, when originally tasked with advisory work for independent India’s first Prime Minister and his Cabinet,” said ADL Middle East managing partner Thomas Kuruvilla. “As such, we have decided to operate ADL India & ADL Middle East as one profit center, working together to create exceptional outcomes for our clients.”

The slated competence global competence centres in India will cover Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Research and Graphics, with Maitra a noted technology expert among other fields. During his decade and a half with McKinsey & Company, Maitra also led the India Strategy & Corporate Finance practice, and served as part of the founding team that helped to expand the consultancy’s global footprint in Asia and Africa.

Barnik Chitran Maitra, Managing Partner - Arthur D. Little India

In addition, Maitra is also a prominent Silicon Valley investor, board advisor, published author and speaker. “Barnik, with his extensive consulting, investing and entrepreneurial experience, is more than qualified to lead the India office and help build our global competence centers,” said Kuruvilla, who serves on the ADL board. “I am excited and look forward to collaborating with him in our cross-country partnership.”

Global ADL chairman and chief executive officer Ignacio García Alves further spoke of the firm’s commitment to building a vibrant practice in India “Barnik’s impressive leadership ability coupled with his expertise in helping Indian companies globalise their businesses will be a great asset. We have no doubt that his passion and commitment to developing ADL’s presence in the region will be fruitful.”

The firm has had a busy run of senior appointments to start off the year, including in the Middle East, where Carlo Stella was last month elevated to partner in ADL’s Dubai-based Energy & Utility. Earlier in the year, the firm’s Dubai office welcomed a trio of high-profile recruits –  Philippe De Backer, Adham Sleiman and Dhiraj Joshi – who together brought in a wealth of experience from Bain & Company, PwC, and Strategy&.

As for the latest senior appointment, Maitra stated; “With an impressive track record of client impact in India, this new role provides me with a fantastic platform to help ADL serve a wide variety of Indian, South Asian and multinational companies. I am passionate about contributing to nation-building in India, creating ADL global competence centers and helping regional clients navigate global growth and innovation opportunities.”