Establish a local office in each of the world’s major metropolitan areas.
Our methodology for opening markets domestically continues to flourish. In 2014 we established new markets in Phoenix, Silicon Valley, and Houston. Houston’s exceptional growth was record-breaking for Slalom.
We opened our first international office – London – in autumn 2014, with an initial focus on building the local leadership team. We’ve made great strides in hiring a talented group of senior professionals including leaders for Information Management & Analytics (IM&A), Software Engineering, Technology Enablement, Digital, and Organizational Effectiveness (OE). Additionally we added marketing, recruiting, and sales to our growing UK family. With the right leaders in place, in 2015 we’re turning our attention to growth both in terms of consultants and client work. We’re excited to be up and running across the pond, and in sharing the lessons we’ve learned with our next international market in Toronto.
2015 Expansion Plans
In 2015, our market growth will continue as we venture into Canada and Philadelphia.
According to our research, Toronto is the largest market opportunity for us in Canada with similar demographics and opportunities to our largest U.S. cities. Over the past six months we have met many strong leaders there. Our executive leaders are making regular trips there to help launch our 2nd international office. Our plan is to open Toronto in Q2.
Philadelphia is the 12th largest market in the US, and a strategic investment for us. We have officially hired our first Philadelphia employee as part of the National Recruiting team. We are focused on identifying our General Manager and market launch team, and plan to open Philadelphia in Q3.
In 2015, we will concentrate on early market research in the Washington, D.C. area. We’d like to launch D.C. in early 2016.