Shor t Takes
Huron’s 2014 Earnings Up 12.6%
Huron Consulting Group’s revenues increased
12.6% to $811.3 million for the full year 2014
compared to $720.5 million for the full year
2013. The Company’s operating income for
the full year 2014 was $123.0 million compared to $119.9 million for the full year 2013.
Net income from continuing operations increased 18. 9 percent to $79.1 million, or
$3.45 per diluted share, for the full year 2014
compared to $66.5 million, or $2.92 per diluted share, for the full year 2013. The average number of full-time billable consultants
increased 14.8% percent to 1,797 for the full
year 2014 compared to 1,565 for 2013.
Meanwhile, revenues for the fourth quar-
ter of 2014 were $193.1 million compared to
$211.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2013.
“We believe our strong finish to 2014 has put
Huron in position to execute our growth and profitability strategies for 2015. The recent acquisition of Studer Group also enhances our healthcare strategy and adds a tremendously talented
group of people to our already highly reputable
healthcare practice,” says James Roth, CEO and
President of Huron Consutling Group.
Towers Watson: M&A On the Rise
The first quarter of 2015 was the busiest for
mergers and acquisitions since Towers Watson’s QDPM records began in 2008 and is a
continuation of the merger-wave that started
mid-2014. The financial performance of acquirers has also continued during this period
having closed deals which outperformed the
market by 2. 5 percentage points.
The research—run in partnership with Cass
Business School—also reveals that the market
for large deals (over $1 billion) returned in the
first quarter of 2015 with 41 having already
closed; an all-time high for the period. From a
geographic perspective, Asia-Pacific was once
again the outstanding performer, followed by
Europe and North America, which is rebounding after a slower than expected 4th quarter.
flexibility and responsiveness cost effectively,
Accenture migrated all
sites and content to
the Cloud. Easy to use
tools for editing and
content creation, along
with extensive automation, enables Discovery
global teams to publish
and update huge volumes of content around the clock.
Fusion enables Discovery’s interna-
tional arm to roll out new launches,
promotions and special events with-
out requiring intensive technical
effort, increasing the speed of new
launches to one a week from one
per quarter before Fusion. Fusion
enables viewers to interact, and share
their own content though full integra-
tion of social media.
in the platform give
International invaluable insights into consumer behavior and
to keep digital services and content relevant and appealing.
With Fusion in place,
online Discovery Network International’s online audiences have leaped
dramatically, reaching 73 million
visitors each month—an increase
of more than 700 percent year-on-year. As well as transforming the
digital services and content offered
to consumers today, Fusion is also
built with tomorrow’s digital world
in mind and will support Discovery
Networks International as it rolls out
new products and services.
business, and that of our clients.”
Capgemini Consulting’s expertise in digital transformation is
rooted in its client work and research with the MIT Center for
Digital Business, which culminated with the publication of the
book Leading Digital. This research has informed Capgemini’s
strategy and customer offerings, combining the firm’s consult-
ing expertise with its proven track record in digital transforma-
“Helping our clients to understand and act upon the opportunities and threats created by the escalating advancement of new
technologies is critical to our mission,” says Burger. “I’m excited
to capitalize on Capgemini’s capabilities to help our clients grow.”
Burger has held a number of roles in his 22 years at Capgemini
and Ernst & Young. Most recently, he was Global Sector Lead for
the Telecom, Media and Entertainment practice from 2011 to 2013.
He developed Capgemini’s Communication Transformation Platform offering, which has been the basis for the company’s leading
position in the telecommunications transformation market.