CCG Catalyst is a leading management consulting firm connecting bank
strategy to innovation, transformation, and disruption. The firm advises
clients on the direction of banking,
development of the strategy and managing the disruption related to the execution of the tactics. “CCG Catalyst
leverages decades of deep industry experience to provide practical business
strategies and organization, analytics,
and technology consulting for our
clients,” says Paul Schaus, President
& CEO of CCG Catalyst Consulting
Group. The firm, with 135 percent
revenue growth, settles in at No. 25 on
Consulting’s Fastest Growing Firms.
Schaus sat down with Consulting to
discuss the firm’s performance.
Consulting: What were the main
factors that contributed to your
Schaus: CCG Catalyst Consulting
Group has a strong vision in place.
The leadership is sensitive to the
needs of our clients, which are banks
and fintechs. We keep ahead of the
trends and are able to assess problems that could affect our client’s
business. We hire talent who are
experts and former C-suite leaders
in banking to cater to the changing
needs of our clients.
Consulting: How is 2015
shaping up for your firm?
Schaus: It’s an exciting time in fi-
nancial services industry, and banks
are going through a transformation,
which has opened doors for deep-
er consulting engagements in busi-
ness strategy. We continue to be
called upon to evaluate the bank’s
business plan and provide business
strategy that will lead our clients
Consulting: How would you
describe your firm’s outlook for
2016? Where do you see the
Schaus: I am enthusiastic about CCG
Catalyst Consulting Group’s outlook
for 2016! Not only will banks continue to need our expertise in business transformation, we have created
opportunities to vet up-and-coming
fintech startups and help these start-up firms become viable. We will be
launching CCG Catalyst Pro Group,
a new business extension that supports the consulting practice by offering primary research on trending
topics, catering to research needs of
our clients, and design-thinking lab
that provides education on business
transformation. In addition, the CCG
Catalyst is expanding growth internationally, where we are developing
opportunities in South America, Israel, Asia, and Africa.
Consulting: What do you see as
the biggest challenges in 2016?
Schaus: The marketplace for banks
is consolidating, which is contribut-
ing the shrinking number of banks
worldwide. Also contributing to this
is banks not recognizing the need for
innovation or transformation strate-
gy. There’s plenty of opportunity to
go around, but having access to the
best consulting leadership can be
challenging. At CCG Catalyst we
take pride in our business acumen
by providing unique strategies based
on the business plans of our clients.
We look for talent that provides out-
of-the-box thinking with foundation
of business banking.
Consulting: What does being
named one of Consulting’s
Fastest Growing Firms
mean to your firm, your
employees and your clients?
Schaus: It’s a terrific honor to be
named one of Consulting’s Fastest
Growing Firms! This is great for the
positioning for our brand, and brings
pride to our hard working employees. As for our clients they feel good
about their relationship with our firm.