Michael - 100% agree with the first respondent. Strategy consultants are likely to show great respect to someone within their client organisation who has an ACA, without necessarily thinking that this person would make an ideal hire to join their firm.
As per the last thread, the majority of ACAs end up building an experience profile (eg. audit) that a strategy consultancy would struggle to sell on to their client.
Imagine McKinsey or Bain are trying to win a piece of work with Proctor & Gamble. One of them is proposing a project team that includes a consultant who spent 4 years working at Unilever and secured an MBA prior to joining the consultancy. This is hugely valuable sector experience being brought to the project.
The other is proposing a team that includes a consultant that spent several years in audit on a broad range of audit assignments and gained an ACA. Then joined their consulting firm.
Which consultancy is the client going to feel will have a greater understanding of their industry and their competitors? The one bringing the Unilever experience more often than not.
This client demand then translates directly into the desirability of such candidates to a strategy firm. ACA to strategy consulting is not a well trodden career path, unless you've been able to accrue experience along the way (eg. M&A advisory work) that has a direct relevance to strategy consultancy clients.
Hope this helps.
Tony Restell (Top-Consultant.com)