Olin alumnus takes helm as CEO of Chicago consulting firm

Isabelle Roig, a WashU BA candidate and student worker for Olin’s marketing and communications department, wrote this for the Olin Blog.

Matt Kueker, MBA ’06, was recently named Kenway Consulting’s new CEO.

Kenway is a Chicago-based management and technology consulting company founded in 2004. It helps clients in the areas of technology solution delivery, enterprise program leadership, and information insight in industries that include business-to-business distribution, financial services, healthcare and telecommunications.

Matt Kueker
Matt Kueker

In February, the company announced it was partnering with Svoboda Capital Partners (SCP), a Chicago-based private equity firm that invests in middle-market growth companies. The new partnership brought about the need to change Kenway’s leadership structure.

Brian King, former CEO and founder of Kenway, transitioned to open and lead the company’s Scottsdale, Arizona, office. Company veteran Kueker,  who most recently served as Kenway’s managing director, assumed the role of CEO.

“This exciting partnership, along with the energy and enthusiasm Matt brings to the CEO role, will help position Kenway for accelerated growth, continued success, and long-term value for our clients and employees,” King said in a press release.

Accolades

Kenway’s values and company culture has earned it accolades. It was included in Inc. magazine’s 2019 Inc. 5000 list, with a No. 20 ranking in IT Services. In 2018, Crain’s Chicago Business named Kenway No. 28 in their top 100 “Best Places to Work in Chicago.” And the National Association of Business Resources declared Kenway one of the “Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the Nation” for three consecutive years.

“We are impressed by Kenway’s consistent growth and its talented and energetic team, which remains focused on building a culture that delivers outstanding client service,” SCP Principal David Rubin said.

Kueker said he is inspired by Kenway’s values and how they have encouraged continuous growth for Kenway during his time with the company. The transition from his former role as managing director to CEO will build on that foundation, he said.

“I’m honored to be a part of this new chapter of Kenway’s history as we build upon this successful momentum we’ve created together,” Kueker said.

Kenway’s Consulting’s Matt Kueker, left, and Brian King are pictured with adoptable dogs and, from left to right, ALIVE Rescue’s Kristen Gerali, Margo Strebig and Hannah Nicolet at Kenway ‘s annual fundraiser for the local nonprofit.

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