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C.E. Andrews: MorganFranklin’s New CEO
In May, C.E. Andrews was appointed CEO
of MorganFranklin where he will lead all
operations of MorganFranklin Consulting
and will play a critical role in planning and
executing the firm’s growth strategy and vision.
Andrews most recently served as President and
CEO of RSM McGladrey. He also served in
various positions at Sallie Mae, and he was
with Arthur Andersen for nearly three decades.
He sat down with Consulting to discuss his
new role as the head of MorganFranklin.
Consulting: So, you joined MorganFranklin
about three months ago. How’s it going?
Andrews: It’s going well. In the first 90
days I’ve spent my time getting to know
our people, our clients, our organization
and our capabilities so I’d be prepared to
successfully lead the organization. I’m
absorbing what we are and what we can do
Consulting: Why did you decide to join
Andrews: I wanted to join an enterprise that
had a few of the characteristics I was looking
for in a firm. First, I wanted to lead that
enterprise, to be the CEO. Secondly, I have
a background in professional services and I
really wanted to be in professional services.
I also wanted it to be in a subject matter and
space that I had experience in and that I enjoy.
Beyond that, the other important factors that
I had were that it had to be an organization
that shared my values, philosophy, culture
and commitment to excellence. Finally, I
wanted to make sure that I wasn’t coming
into something that wasn’t broken. Those
were the criteria I was looking for, and
I found them all in MorganFranklin. It’s
almost too good to be true.
I made the decision largely on the quality
and character of the people here. They reflect
my values and their values are reflected in
the organization. It’s creative, it’s adaptive,
it’s nimble, it’s innovative, it’s responsive—
much more so than a larger organization.
That’s why I came here.
Consulting: Throughout your career, you’ve
worked mostly at large companies. Has that
been a big adjustment for you?
Andrews: I spent a lot of time with Arthur
Andersen and Sallie Mae, very large
organizations. Having been a buyer of
professional services at Sallie Mae, I’ve
been able to work both sides of the wall, and
I have a pretty good perspective on what I
think buyers are looking for in a firm. I feel
like the perfect combination is a firm that
is large enough to have the capabilities of a
larger organization but small enough that it’s
not restrained by the types of bureaucracy
that often comes with a larger firm. Here, at
MorganFranklin, I think we’re pretty close
to the perfect model. Because of our size,
I’ve been able to meet and spend significant
time with all the firm leadership, and even
most of our clients, in just the 90 days or so
that I’ve been here thus far.
Consulting: Where do you see the firm over
the next few years?
Andrews: We’re growing very rapidly. Our
revenue year over year is up north of 35
percent. Numbers aren’t really a target for
MorganFranklin’s C.E. Andrews