Phil Fersht is President and CEO of leading global analyst authority, HfS Research. He is an acclaimed author, analyst and visionary in Global Business Services, the Digital Transformation of enterprise operations and talent development strategies.
Fersht founded HfS Research in early 2010 and has overseen the growth and development of the organization to become the leading analyst authority and knowledge community for global business services. He is also author and creator of the most widely-read blog in the global services industry, entitled “Horses for Sources” and now entering its eighth year with over a million visits per year across the globe. He was named "Analyst of the Year 2011” by the Institute of Industry Analyst Relations (IIAR), winning the premier analyst award for a second successive year - the most coveted global award for industry analysts in technology and services industry.
Over the past 18 years, Fersht has lived and worked extensively in Europe, North America and Asia, where he has advised on hundreds of operations strategy, outsourcing, and global business services engagements. At HfS, he directs and contributes to the firm’s research, advisory and global knowledge community, which today totals over 150,000 professionals and is served by a global analyst team across North America, Europe and Asia/Pacific.
During his career, Phil Fersht has worked at Gartner Inc (AMR Research), directing the firm’s BPO and IT Services practices and served as market leader for Deloitte Consulting’s BPO Advisory Services, where he led numerous outsourcing and offshoring advisory engagements with Fortune 500 enterprises. He also worked for outsourcing consultancy Everest Group, where established the company’s BPO research practice. Phil began his career at IT analyst IDC where worked in the firm's European, US and Asia/Pacific operations.
Under his leadership at HfS, HfS Research was named first in rising influence among leading analyst firms, according to the 2013 Analyst Value Survey, and second out of the 44 leading industry analyst firms in the 2013 Analyst Value Index. In 2012, the International Institute of Analyst Relations (IIAR), the premier body of analyst-facing professionals, awarded HfS research analyst industry's Most Innovative Analyst Firm in 2012.
Fersht contributes regularly to media such as Wall St Journal, Business Week, Economist, The Times of India and CIO Magazine and is a regular keynote speaker at major industry events, such as NASSCOM, Sourcing Interests Group and the HfS Blueprint Sessions.
Fersht received a Bachelor of Science, with Honors, in European Business & Technology from Coventry University, United Kingdom and a Diplôme Universitaire de Technologie in Business & Technology from the University of Grenoble, France. He also has a diploma from the Market Research Society in the United Kingdom.