July 11, 2019
I was recently notified that Fred Steingraber former A.T. Kearney, Inc., CEO and Chairman Emeritus, passed away on July 4, 2019.
I spoke to hm several times as part of my employment at ATK from 1989-1995. Fred was always a very kind and intelligent person, a great leadership example for global employees.
In reading through some of the private words Fred wrote about his early experiences at ATK in 1964, I read these reflective thoughts:
“A.T. Kearney had one office at the time. There were 80 employees and four people shared one desk because if you were any good you wouldn’t be at the desk. You’d be out working with clients. It was really very demanding from the get go. There was no real training. You had to figure out what you had to do and how you had to work with others and how to get things done. I learned to appreciate the challenges of working with a lot of bright people who were very entrepreneurial and who didn’t want to feel like they were taking direction from anyone else.”
That’s how I felt working at ATK and I expressed my independent thoughts many times through many memos and conversations with management. My entrepreneurial intentions benefited me then and since in my endeavors.
Fred Steingraber was a man after my own heart and those of others that he touched in various ways.
Rest In Peace, Fred. You will not be forgotten!