Julian Critchlow

Director, Bain and Company, 

Julian Critchlow is a Director in Bain's London office. He joined Bain in 1987 as an associate consultant and has worked in the London and San Francisco offices. He obtained his MBA, with distinction, from the Wharton School of Business in 1991. He was promoted to Manager in March 1995, Partner in December 1998 and Director in 2008.

He has 25 years of consulting experience across all aspects of strategy, performance improvement, organisation and merger integration for global clients, particularly within utility, engineering and technology & telecoms sectors. He is head of Bain’s Global Utilities & Alternative Energy Practice, a member of the Industrial Goods & Services and Technology, Media & Telecoms practices.

Prior to joining Bain, Julian attended Cambridge University where he received an M.A. and M.Eng. in Chemical Engineering and worked with ICI and Exxon as a Chemical Engineer. In the late 1980s, he started a training company based on one of the first computerised business simulations. He has also been a seed investor in and advisor to the Boards of a range of start-up businesses from ActiveHotels.com (hotel booking system sold in 2004 to PriceLine), AlertMe.com (energy meter solutions minority sold in 2010 to Centrica) and i20 intelligent water controls.

In his free time, Julian has run 2 (very slow) London Marathons in 1997 & 2002 and swum the English Channel three times - solo in 2004, a relay in 2006 and an Arch-to-Arc relay in 2010.   He is also Vice Chairman of the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation.  He has a very understanding wife and four children.