About ECA

ECA’s values embody our commitment to delivering the best possible results for clients, while building and maintaining genuine relationships with clients and candidates alike. These values were decided through a collaborative effort by the ECA team, and they guide every ECA engagement.

Our Mission

We create value for our clients by applying a transparent and methodical approach to address critical talent needs.

Our History


Born from a Talent Need

ECA started as Ex-Consultants Agency, founded by Chairman Atta Tarki in 2010. Atta had spent 6 years as a consultant at LEK, a top strategy consulting firm, before becoming an independent consultant. He started by placing other consultants he knew into other projects and quickly built up a business around staffing consultants. Clients then started asking for permanent placements. Ex-Consultants Agency quickly grew to a network of 30,000+ former management consultants from firms like McKinsey, Bain, BCG, Oliver Wyman, LEK, Strategy&, Accenture, Deloitte, etc.
Soon, clients started asking for permanent placements, and ECA began placing full-time roles. As a firm with a leadership team of ex-consultants, ECA applied a management consulting approach to candidate search: strategic, systematic, data-driven, and efficient. We discovered that this approach worked just as well for a wide variety of profiles beyond former consultants, whether CFOs or technical leaders or a very niche role.

The Management Consulting Approach


The Business of Growth

In 2019 we decided to rebrand to “ECA” to reflect that we place much more than ex-consultants. Our success rates have been just as high for non-consultant profiles as for the types of profiles where we got our start. For years we’ve been growing at 65% YoY in revenues. We’re now over 100 employees in 5 global offices, and we have no plans to slow down. We’re in the business of growth, hiring the best employees for our clients and for ECA, and creating shared value while building genuine relationships.

ECA Core Values

ECA has always had a culture of openness and respect. To formalize this mission, we created a set of values by which we operate, as a team.

We strive for responsible growth

We give and receive actionable feedback and hold ourselves accountable

We have each other’s backs

We are relatable and build genuine relationships

We are results-oriented, and
our methods are evidenced-based

We are professional and treat each other with integrity

We are respectful of ideas, different viewpoints, and always assume
positive intent

We learn from our successes and our failures

We encourage entrepreneurship and reward performance

We have fun

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