Simon-Kucher & Partners

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Simon-Kucher & Partners
Type Partnership
Industry Management consulting
Founded 1985
Headquarters Bonn, Germany, Cambridge, Massachusetts and Singapore
Key people Dr. Klaus Hilleke, Dr. Georg Tacke, CEOs
Products Management consulting services
Revenue $205m+
Employees 720

Simon-Kucher & Partners is a global management consulting firm headquartered in Bonn, Germany and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Simon-Kucher & Partners has 27 offices in 22 countries[1] and 720 employees. It ranks #34 on the Vault Consulting 50 guide.[2]

Founded in 1985 by Hermann Simon, Eckhard Kucher and Karl-Heinz Sebastian, Simon-Kucher & Partners provides strategy, marketing and pricing advice to clients across sectors and geographies. They are described by The Economist as the world's leading pricing consultancy[3] and by Bloomberg Businessweek as a world leader in giving advice to companies on how to price their products.[4]



The consulting firm Simon-Kucher & Partners was founded in Germany in 1985 by Hermann Simon and his doctoral students Eckhard Kucher and Karl-Heinz Sebastian. In 1996, they opened the first foreign office in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[5] From 1995 to 2006, Hermann Simon was the chairman of the board of Simon, Kucher & Co. Holding GmbH, that was headquartered in Bonn. Since 2009, the German parent company has been led by Klaus Hilleke and Georg Tacke. Both have been working for the company since 1988.[6] The American parent company Simon, Kucher & Partners Strategy & Marketing Consultants, LLC, which is headquartered in Cambridge (Massachusetts) and was founded by Klaus Hilleke,[5] is now led by Juan Rivera. The Asian parent company Simon-Kucher & Partners LLP, which is headquartered in Singapore is led by Dr. Jochen Krauss.

Other subsidiaries exist in several European countries as well as Latin America, Australia, Japan and the People's Republic of China. In North America, Simon-Kucher is represented by the American parent company, Simon-Kucher & Partners Strategy & Marketing Consultants, LLC.

Global revenue of the group in 2008 was 98.7 million euros.[7] In 2009, the group generated 88.7 million euros global revenue and was satisfied, "with the 'crisis year' of 2009, despite a decline [10 percent] in revenues'".[8] In 2012, Simon-Kucher generated total revenues of 145 million euros.[9] In 2013, Simon-Kucher generated total revenues of 152 million euros. [10]


The group focuses its consulting work on the areas of strategy, marketing and sales. From 2007 to 2009, Simon, Kucher & Partners carried out more than 2,000 projects, over 1000 of which in the area of pricing. The latter is considered the company's core competence and an area where it is a world leader.[11]


Simon-Kucher has 720 employees in 27 offices worldwide across 22 countries.[12]

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Asia & Oceania[edit]


Clients of Simon, Kucher & Partners include both start-ups and SMEs as well as large enterprises.

Simon-Kucher has worked for clients in the following industries: automotive manufacturers and suppliers, Banking & Financial Services, producers of basic materials, construction, chemicals, electronics, energy, trade & consumer goods, real estate and building industry, industrial goods and services, internet, health insurance, engineering, M & A / Private Equity, Media & Entertainment, medical, pharmaceuticals, software, telecommunications, tourism, transport & logistics, insurance.

In the Automotive industry Simon-Kucher regularly conducts projects for both Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. Some other notable clients include Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, Rio Tinto.[13]

Comparison to competitors[edit]

Simon-Kucher was ranked #34 and #9 in USA[14] and Europe[15] respectively in the Vault Consulting 50 guide.

Simon-Kucher competes with the likes of McKinsey & Company, Boston Consulting Group and Bain & Company. In 2011 Simon-Kucher was ranked as the top consulting firm worldwide for Marketing & Sales,[16] followed by BCG and McKinsey.


  1. ^ "Facts Figures 2012". Simon-Kucher & Partners. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Consulting Firm Rankings 2012: Vault Consulting 50". Inc. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  3. ^ Business Consulting: A Guide to How it Works and How to Make it Work (Economist). ISBN 1-86197-702-6. 
  4. ^ "Hidden Champions: The little-known European companies that are conquering the world". January 26, 2004. 
  5. ^ a b Klaus Hilleke, Hermann Simon: Service wird in Amerika als wertvoll anerkannt. In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 1997. (Aufgerufen am 30. November 2010.)
  6. ^ Duo löst Gründer ab. In: manager magazin vom 24. April 2009. (Aufgerufen am 28. November 2010.)
  7. ^ Gemäß dem im elektronischen Bundesanzeiger veröffentlichten Konzernabschluss zum Geschäftsjahr vom 01.01.2008 bis zum 31.12.2008 der Simon, Kucher & Co. Holding GmbH, Bonn, vom 6. Mai 2010 betrugen deren Umsatzerlöse (ohne das kooperierende SKP-Unternehmen in den USA) im Jahr 2008 insgesamt 82,0991 Mio. Euro.
  8. ^ Simon-Kucher sieht Krise beendet. Starkes Wachstum für Jubiläumsjahr erwartet. Pressemitteilung von Simon, Kucher & Partners vom 21. Oktober 2010. (PDF-Datei; aufgerufen am 20. Januar 2010.)
  9. ^ Hohes Umsatzplus bei Simon-Kucher. Pressemitteilung von Simon, Kucher & Partners vom 17. Januar 2012 Sattes Plus für Simon-Kucher
  10. ^ "Simon-Kucher’s revenue tops EUR 150 million". 
  11. ^ Hermann Simon erwähnt Simon, Kucher & Partners in seinem gleichnamigen Buch als Beispiel für einen „Hidden Champion“.
    (Hermann Simon: Hidden Champions des 21. Jahrhunderts. Die Erfolgsstrategien unbekannter Weltmarktführer. Campus, Frankfurt am Main 2007, ISBN 978-3-593-38380-4, S. 73.)
  12. ^ "Simon-Kucher and Partners - About Us". 
  13. ^ "Clients & References". 
  14. ^ "Vault Rankings USA". 
  15. ^ "Vault Rankings Europe". 
  16. ^ "Learn more about Simon-Kucher". 

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