Booz & Company and Sylvia Ann Hewlett Associates form exclusive alliance to offer talent management strategies to global companies

London, 29 May 2009 – Global management consulting firm Booz & Company has announced an exclusive alliance with Sylvia Ann Hewlett Associates LLC, the consulting arm of the Center for Work-Life Policy, to provide tailored and sustainable solutions to global companies rethinking their talent-management strategies.

Booz & Company and Sylvia Ann Hewlett Associates are joining forces to help companies enhance their global talent pool. In this brutal downturn, engaging and energising star performers – across the divides of gender and culture – is key to corporate renewal and growth.  Through this alliance, these two consultancies will offer clients deep functional and industry knowledge, cutting-edge expertise on how to leverage multilocal, multicultural and multigenerational talent, and access to best-in-class benchmarks and practices.
 
“Companies are fast realizing that effective management of talent—the employees who remain in the pipeline, the people they strategically need to recruit, and even those they let go—is critical to weathering hard times and laying the foundation for future growth and success,” said DeAnne Aguirre, a Senior Partner at Booz & Company who helped spearhead the alliance. “This alliance positions us to help organizations rethink strategies, design programs and tools, and facilitate the cultural change processes needed to ensure they have the talent capability to build essential advantage.”
 
Sylvia Ann Hewlett, President, Sylvia Ann Hewlett Associates, said, “This is a remarkable alliance, tailor-made for these difficult times. Together we bring to the table world-class research, cutting-edge methodologies, and an impressive track record helping corporations leverage top talent across the divides of culture and gender. Nothing is more important. In today’s troubled world, brain power is the real differentiator and global talent management needs to be front and center of C-Suite strategy.”
 
Dr. Hewlett is an economist and the founding president of the Center for Work-Life Policy, a nonprofit think-tank in New York City. She is the author of eight critically acclaimed nonfiction books, including Off-Ramps and On-Ramps (Harvard Business Press), named as one of the best business books of 2007 by Amazon.com. Her articles have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Financial Times, and International Herald Tribune. Her new book, Top Talent: Keeping Performance Up When Business Is Down (Harvard Business Press), will be published in October 2009.
 
Booz & Company CEO Shumeet Banerji concludes: “Our work with clients is based on our core doctrine that sustained advantage is created not only by developing the right strategies, but also by building truly differentiated capabilities. This requires motivated and committed corporate leadership. Through our alliance with Sylvia Hewlett Associates, we can do even more to help our clients build, engage and better leverage their top talent to achieve essential advantage in their markets.”
 
About SAHewlett Associates
Sylvia Ann Hewlett Associates is the consulting arm of the Center for Work-Life Policy (CWLP). The CWLP’s signature project is the Hidden Brain Drain Task Force, established in 2004 and comprised of senior leaders from 50 member companies and organizations including GE, Goldman Sachs, Cisco, Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, and the World Bank. The task force is focused on a transformational research agenda that has reshaped the way businesses think about and manage their human capital.