Phil Fersht

Founder and Chief Executive Officer


Phil 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 a renowned expert in the fields of Business Services and IT Strategies and frequently discusses complex industry-specific issues that impact how enterprises manage their global business operations. 


He is also author and creator of the acclaimed blog for the global services industry, entitled “Horses for Sources” and now entering its eighth year with over a million visits per year across the globe, in addition to hundreds of reports and articles. Fersht 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 shared services engagements At HfS, Fersht directs and contributes to the firm’s research, advisory and global knowledge community, which today totals over 145,000 professionals.


During his career, Phil Fersht has worked at AMR Research (Gartner Inc), leading 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, 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 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.