January 16, 2024

Wavestone and Aspirant Consulting Unite for Strategic Advancement in the US 


January 16, 2024

Wavestone and Aspirant Consulting Unite for Strategic Advancement in the US 

Wavestone, a leading international consultancy, and Aspirant Consulting, a Pittsburgh-based consultancy, announce today that they are joining forces to strengthen their position in the US. 


Aspirant Consulting: supporting businesses’ digital transformation 

Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, Aspirant Consulting provides deep expertise on Marketing & Innovation, Organization & Change Management and Digital Transformation.  

Aspirant RPO, another division of Aspirant, which provides Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) services, is not included in the scope acquired by Wavestone. 

Aspirant Consulting clients include Global 500 companies as well as large US enterprises, in several sectors, with a strong footprint in Life Sciences. Key clients are leading companies such as GSK, Haleon, Novartis, PPG, Westinghouse, and Zimmer Biomet. 

Aspirant Consulting headcount is circa a hundred permanent employees, including approximately 80 consultants, and an additional circa 30 contractors mainly in the US and some in the UK.


Strengthening Wavestone in the US, in line with its international development strategy 

This acquisition reinforces the presence of Wavestone in the US, which is a priority market in the firm’s international development strategy. It will help Wavestone to develop a competitive edge and continue to offer its clients best-in-class services. 

For Aspirant Consulting, the merger with Wavestone offers the opportunity to pursue their solid development journey in the long term while focusing more on higher value consulting services.

“From 2018-2023, Aspirant Consulting has more than doubled in size, driven by our terrific consultants and outstanding commitment to our clients.”, comments Mike McClaine, Aspirant Consulting’s CEO. “Joining forces with Wavestone gives us the opportunity to take advantage of synergies and deliver even more value for our clients on a much larger scale.” 

“With Aspirant Consulting, Wavestone continues to strengthen its presence in the United States”, says
 Pascal Imbert, Wavestone’s CEO. “Our discussions in the last months have confirmed a strong cultural fit at all levels and we were impressed by Aspirant Consulting’s track-record and their ability to develop long-lasting footprint within very large enterprises. All combined with the quality of the leadership team will enable us to build sound foundations in the US, the world’s leading consulting market.”


Terms of the operation

Wavestone has acquired 100% of Aspirant Consulting’s share capital. 

The acquisition has been financed by Wavestone’s own funds and through credit lines available to the firm from its banking partners.  

Aspirant Consulting will be integrated in Wavestone's accounts as February 1, 2024. 

Aspirant Consulting’s leadership team is fully committed to this merger. Mike McClaine, CEO of Aspirant Consulting, and key executives will pursue the firm's development within Wavestone, alongside Wavestone's US management team. 


Wavestone's advisors 

IA Global Capital, Dentons, Grant Thornton, Arsène Taxand, Willis Tower 


About Wavestone 

Wavestone, a leading independent consultancy headquartered in France, and Q_PERIOR, a consulting leader in the Germany-Switzerland-Austria region, joined forces in 2023 to become the most trusted partner for critical transformations.  

Drawing on more than 5,500 employees across Europe, North America and Asia, the firm combines seamlessly first-class sector expertise with a 360° transformation portfolio of high-value consulting services. 

Wavestone is listed on Euronext Paris and recognized as a Great Place to Work®



About Aspirant

Aspirant was founded in 2003 to create a consulting company unlike any other: one based on values and delivering real results for clients. We have since helped Fortune 500, mid-size, and startup companies across a wide variety of industries achieve their goals.  

Our approach has resonated with top talent, enabling us to build and retain strategy and delivery teams that are second to none. Driven by our collaborative approach and ability to help our clients create practical solutions to their most difficult challenges, our team continues to thrive. 


Aspirant partners with business leaders to implement practical solutions to their most critical strategic, technological, and talent-related challenges. Our collaborative teams apply industry and functional expertise to help clients achieve sustainable results. We also strive to make a meaningful impact in the community by raising awareness of domestic violence and supporting victims through our Connection of Hope program. For more information, contact

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