Christian Norris Takes the Helm as PA Consulting’s New CEO

September 2, 2023

Key Takeaways:

  • Christian Norris becomes the CEO of PA Consulting, effective immediately.
  • Previously led the firm’s health and life sciences sector and economics and strategy offering.
  • PA Consulting recently reported a 14% year-on-year increase in fee income and substantial growth through acquisitions.
  • The firm focuses on end-to-end innovation and has partnerships across multiple industries.

About PA Consulting

PA Consulting is an innovation powerhouse that believes in the transformative power of ingenuity to shape a positive human future. The firm specializes in creating opportunities from complexity by combining innovative thinking and breakthrough technologies. With over 4,000 experts ranging from strategists and innovators to designers, consultants, and technologists, PA Consulting operates globally from offices across the UK, Ireland, US, Nordics, and the Netherlands.

A New Leadership for New Challenges

John Alexander, Chairman at PA Consulting, described Christian Norris as “purposeful, strategic, authentic, thoughtful, and perhaps most importantly in a partnership model, collaborative.” Norris has been with the company since 2018 as a Partner, overseeing the health and life sciences sector as well as its economics and strategy offerings. Under his stewardship, the company has seen exponential growth and diversified its portfolio.

“In Christian, we have a very strong leader,” said Alexander. “Working closely with the board, and under Christian’s leadership, we will continue to create new growth opportunities for our clients, our people, and our communities.”

Looking to the Future with Christian Norris

In his own words, Christian Norris spoke about the unique market position of PA Consulting. “It is a great honour to be chosen to lead PA. We are uniquely placed in the market as the only company to bring ingenuity to life, driving significant value for our clients,” he stated. Norris aims to fortify the company’s commitment to innovation, foster a culture that nurtures creativity, and build a positive human future.

Bob Pragada, PA Board member and CEO of Jacobs, expressed excitement about the next phase of PA’s growth. “I’m delighted that Christian will lead the next exciting stage of PA’s growth journey. I look forward to continuing to work together to tackle the world’s most complex and challenging agendas, create new opportunities for our teams, and leverage the significant power of our collaboration for clients and the communities we serve. Congratulations Christian!”

Financial Strength and Community Impact

PA Consulting recently reported strong financial growth, with a 14% increase in fee income year-on-year. Over the past five years, this accounts for a 96% growth. The company also launched The PA Foundation, committing £10 million over five years, with over £1.2 million already donated to 20 charities.

Moreover, the firm donated more than 10,000 hours of its people’s time and expertise to support communities. It welcomed over 1,300 new colleagues and made 815 promotions within the company, reinforcing its commitment to its people and the communities they serve.

Expanding Horizons: Acquisitions and Partnerships

PA Consulting has been actively pursuing acquisitions to strengthen its core competencies. Recent acquisitions include Design Partners, a product design and innovation agency, and The Cambridge Group, a leading strategy consulting firm. These acquisitions bolster PA’s capability to offer end-to-end innovation from concept to commercial success, thereby reinforcing its market position as an industry leader.


Christian Norris’s appointment as the CEO of PA Consulting signifies an exciting new chapter for a company that has already established itself as a leader in the consulting world. His history of leading important sectors within the company and his strategic vision for the future make him a fitting choice to steer the company into new territories of innovation, ingenuity, and impact. Under Norris’s leadership, PA Consulting is set to continue its journey in “bringing ingenuity to life,” not just as a service to its clients but as a broader commitment to building a positive human future.

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