Welcoming New Member Hideaki Iwase

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Hideaki Iwase with QoL Inc. Hideaki joined McKinsey Tokyo/Atlanta and enjoyed strategy, operations, and corp. relation design / M&A/PMM. He then worked as several executive management roles for global companies’ Japan operations and became independent in Y2000.

Since then, he focuses on hands-on value delivery to clients. Please let me know if your client has any interest in Japan.

He also enjoys academic life, venture management, social welfare corp. etc. Private life: active sports player; soccer, tennis, running, yoga, etc.

Welcoming New Member Tatiana V Ridley

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Tatiana V Ridley with Ridley Global Advisors. Tatiana is an Ivy League educated strategy and operations leader with 18+ years of experience developing and implementing enterprise and business strategies for leading Financial Services and FinTech firms driving multi-million dollar revenue and profitability impact.

Tatiana has successfully built, scaled and led high-performing teams at Fintech startups, a Fortune 500 technology leader and a top-tier global consultancy. She has a proven track record of leading and managing top-priority strategic initiatives, partnerships and products through all phases of the initiative lifecycle including data-driven analysis, strategy development, and execution.

Tatiana loves coaching and mentoring colleagues.

She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, their two daughters, a 100-lb newfoundland and a cat named Chicken.

Welcoming New Member Sean Carney

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Sean Carney with Wentwell. Sean Carney spent ~3 years as Manager of Communications at McKinsey before starting his own strategic communications firm, Wentwell. Prior to McKinsey, Sean spent more than 15 years in top PR/advertising agencies in NYC and Philadelphia, primarily representing B2B technology, banking/finance, energy, real estate, and professional services companies.

He specializes in writing, messaging/narrative development, media training, and public relations consulting, and helps companies around the world tell more meaningful stories. Sean also lectures at the Wharton School, where he teaches a class on business communications, public speaking, writing, and leadership.

Sean lives in Philadelphia and is happy to collaborate on any projects involving change management, communications, employee training, and writing.

Welcoming New Member Hari A Sripathi

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Hari A Sripathi with Find Product Market Fit.

Hari is an expert on product led growth for consumer industries. He spent 6 years as a Management Consultant at Strategy&, Booz and Company after which he led corporate strategy at PepsiCo and Avis Car Rental. His areas of core expertise areas include discovering and delivering on breakthrough innovation, new market entry and revenue optimization.

Hari currently runs his own boutique practice focused on helping growth stage companies achieve better scale. He actively mentors disruptive startups in consumer industries. He is an engaged thought leader on the future of food and future of mobility.

Welcoming New Member Diana Dosik

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Diana Dosik. Diana spent 16 years at BCG. She was a Partner and core member of the People and Organization Practice, with a focus on organizational behavior, organizational design, and people/culture transformation.

She is also a trained executive coach (through Newfield Network, an ICF accredited training program). She is interested in coaching senior executives and projects related to leadership, culture or organizational change.

Welcoming New Member Ozan Ozaskinli

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Ozan Ozaskinli with Value Gene Consulting Group. Ozan is the Partner and Managing Director in Value Gene. He has 17+ years of strategy consulting experience especially in consumer goods, food industry and telecommunications. During his career, Ozan has led 70+ strategy, supply chain, operations and digital & data analytics projects and large-scale transformations in the US, Europe, Central Asia and Middle East.

In the recent years, he has focused on supply chain, operations and digital projects in the US. Prior to joining Value Gene, he was a Partner in Boston Consulting Group Istanbul office.

Welcoming New Member Curt Andersson

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Curt Andersson with Flynn Fisk. Curt is the Managing Director of Flynn Fisk, a boutique management consulting firm focused on strategy, artificial intelligence, and operations performance. Prior to Flynn Fisk, he was a senior consulting partner at The Mitchell Madison Group and served in leadership positions as President, North American Tire, of  The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and as President, Cooper Crouse-Hinds Division, of Cooper Industries (now Eaton Electric).

Curt lives with his wife near Syracuse, NY and is very open to supporting projects in the northeast with industrial / B2B clients as well as in application of advanced analytics and artificial intelligence.

Welcoming New Member Miguel Guarino

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Miguel Guarino. Miguel, spent 4 years at McKinsey after completing the Masters in Management. Previously a lawyer, from 2004 to 2010. Miguel describes his practice:
After my years at McKinsey I joined Finsolutia, leading the Advisory and Portfolio Management teams, where I contributed to growing AuM from 300m€ to 1.6b€ by leading the team through several acquisition processes adding up to >2b€ worth of distressed assets and creating the NPL and RE pricing models. Later on, and after a 6 months break where I joined a PE firm, I returned to Finsolutia to create new business units, namely, a digital mortgage broker, a RE i-buyer and a BPaaS fintech.

I have been an Independent Consultant since Jan 2022, having worked mostly on Strategy and PMO projects in Healthcare, Transports, Energy and Entertainment.

Welcoming New Member Martin Band

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Martin Band. Martin is a Software-as-a-Service growth stage Chief Product Officer, CTO and CEO with experience in over 40 SaaS SMEs, Oracle and Salesforce as well as Boston Consulting Group and Schlumberger. Martin is a leader and enabler of hyper-growth and mentor to entrepreneurs. He has extensive experience with Private Equity / Venture Capital.

Martin’s speciality is SaaS product strategy and management and software engineering management. He implements global best practices, tailored to a client’s own maturity and objectives, through a transformation programme. He operates as a consultant and interim manager.

Martin is based in London. As well as the UK, he is prepared to work anywhere in the EU or the US East Coast, onsite or remote.


Welcoming New Member Eliza Li

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Eliza Li with Eliza Li Consulting. Eliza is a young and vibrant independent strategy consulting, who previously worked at the BCG Melbourne office for 1yr+. Since becoming an independent consultant, Eliza has predominantly worked on projects in financial crime and the digital future of mining in Australia.

During her BCG career, she worked across several practice areas namely: federal and state government reviews, mapping consumer retail footprints and expansion strategies and deploying great data and analytics capabilities in financial institutions. More importantly, Eliza has led several social impact projects with key not for profits including Teach for Australia, First Nations Clean Energy Network and Regional Education Student Network.

Creating impact has always been a driving force for Eliza, who cofounded the NFP, Halad to Health, which provides free mental health counselling and services to some of the most disadvantaged communities in rural Philippines.

Eliza always loves meeting new minds and connecting.


Welcoming New Member Joseph Jordan

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Joseph Jordan with Actuparo. Joe is the President & CEO of Actuparo, a strategic advisory firm focused on assisting financial sponsors and individual companies in navigating the Federal marketplace and maximizing opportunities for growth and success.

He was previously the head of Federal procurement policy, the top contracting official at the U.S. Small Business Administration, a two-time technology CEO, and a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company.

Welcoming New Member Alex R Miller

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Alex R Miller.  Alex was previously the Global Head of Strategy and the U.S. Strategy Line Leader for KPMG. With more than 30 years of M&A and strategic consulting experience, Alex has focused on helping corporate and private equity clients assess and complete transformational acquisitions and improve performance, with particular emphasis on helping clients to develop, assess and realize their investment theses and end-to-end “strategy to execution”. Alex has substantial experience across multiple industries including distribution and retail / consumer products.

Specialties include: strategy, private equity, mergers & acquisitions, due diligence, and financial analysis.

Welcoming New Member Ravi Arulanantham

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Ravi Arulanantham. Ravi has two decades of experience in the financial services industry at the intersection of product, investing, and corporate strategy. Most recently he was Global Head of Product & Strategy at Wells Fargo Asset Management.

Prior to Wells, he held various strategy and investment roles at JPMorgan Asset Management, Silver Creek Capital, and was also a political appointee in the Obama administration at the Export-Import Bank of the United States where he served as Head of Strategy and Senior Advisor to the Chairman with a focus on modernizing the bank and extending its reach to underserved businesses and markets.

Ravi serves as an advisor to various fintech firms, from seed to series B, with a focus on novel technologies and applications in asset & wealth management.

Ravi lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and two children, and is an avid classical musician. Ravi would enjoy collaborating on financial services related engagements, especially those in the asset & wealth management and related technology areas.

Welcoming New Member Maria Chevtsova

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Maria Chevtsova. Maria spent five years in the Boston, New York, and Moscow offices of BCG working on strategic and operational projects with increasing focus on the Healthcare/BioPharma space.

She transitioned into industry as an Inhouse Consultant at Merck KGaA and most recently built out and lead Portfolio Strategy and Analytics at Black Diamond Therapeutics, a BioTech startup.

Maria lives in the Boston area with her husband and young daughter. Maria is happy to collaborate on projects involving strategy, financial modeling/analytics, and organizational effectiveness preferably, but not exclusively, in the Healthcare/BioPharma space.

Welcoming New Member Christian Fendt

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Christian Fendt with Arumis Consulting GmbH. Christian has over 25 years international experience in management consulting and in financial services.  Prior to founding Arumis Consulting, a small, independent management consultancy, he founded Pegasos Capital, an independent private wealth management company and launched his own mutual fund.

Christian also worked 5 years for Fortis Investments, a global asset management company.  During this time and based at the company’s headquarters in Brussels, he completed and successfully integrated a number of acquisitions.  He also spent 1½ years in St. Petersburg as Managing Director, CFO & COO of KIT Fortis Investments (a leading Russian asset manager) and was a member of the Supervisory Board of Fortis Investments in Turkey.  Before this, he spent 4 years in London working as a freelance consultant for companies such as Gartmore Investment, Legal & General and the Financial Times.  Christian started his career as a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group in Munich.

Christian is happy to collaborate on financial services projects – especially asset management & wealth management – as well as strategic growth and M&A projects in Germany, Europe and globally.

Welcoming New Member Christian D Ruf

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Christian D Ruf as Independent Consultant. Christian grew up at beautiful Bodensee (Lake Constance) in southern Germany. Being a kid, he wanted to become a customs officer to wave the cars through, but he enrolled in a university program in information systems and gradually shifted focus to business analytics, algorithms, machine learning, and operations research. He visited UT Austin for joint research and obtained his PhD from the Technical University of Munich in 2020. He then went into management consulting as an Operations Research expert at Bain & Company where he got to work on exciting projects across industries.

Most of his work concerned supply chain management and production planning. After his time at Bain, he took a timeout. However, after a while, he started taking on occasional projects and becoming an independent consultant by accident. Besides coming up with and building analytics models, he loves skiing, country music, partner dances, and I has a weakness for cheese cake.

Welcoming New Member Tomas Juppa

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Tomas Juppa with UP Czech. Freelance management consultant with experience from BCG. Major focus on telco and media industry in the areas of sales, channel management, marketing and commercial due dilligence.

Experience from other industries as well – banking, heavy manufacturing, construction, healthcare etc. Special focus on Central & Eastern Europe, however with project experience also from Western Europe, Middle East, US and Africa.

Welcoming New Member Bill Bentaieb

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Bill Bentaieb. Bill has, since 1998, been a consultant and interim transformation executive serving as Head of Finance, HR and Technology Transformation, Global Business Services, Analytics, BI and Outsourcing Programmes. As an independent consultant and interim executive, he supports and leads business transformation programs including the design, implementation and optimization of GBS structures in Finance, HR and Technology, with a focus on technology benchmarking, selection and implementation process and organizational design, outsourcing, off-shoring and transition management.

Bill is an alumni of McKinsey, Deloitte and Accenture. Bill enjoys travelling (52 countries so far), hiking and cycling. He is a citizen of France and Canada and is located in Washington DC. Bill is looking forward to collaborating with the rest of the Umbrex community on projects and knowledge sharing.

Welcoming New Member Frank Deane

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Frank Deane with Lumleian. Frank describes his practice : I am a former Bain Consultant with significant experience in strategic planning and portfolio analysis for Life Sciences companies and Life Sciences investors. Having begun my career at Eli Lilly evaluating pipeline assets and supporting portfolio optimization, forecasting, and business unit strategic planning, I bring a deep knowledge of the Life Sciences space.

I also worked as a consultant with Leerink Swann focused on the Life Sciences space with an emphasis on assessing and valuing technologies and assets for Life Sciences companies and investors. I began working as an independent life-science consultancy 8 years ago emphasizing portfolio planning and due-diligence for life-science companies and life-science investors.

My recent independent consulting work has been focused on due diligence and supporting emerging Life Sciences companies with strategic consulting, primarily focused on growth optimization. These cover the gamut of disease states and span drugs, medical devices, and diagnostics.

Welcoming New Member Brad Turner

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Brad Turner with Hampshire Advisors. Brad focuses on transforming sales and marketing in private-equity owned mid-market software businesses that require rapid performance improvement. He plays both a consultative role, creating and driving the transformation plan as well as taking on interim CRO or senior sales leadership roles. Sweet spots include role and territory redesign, talent assessment and recruiting, and value selling methodology.

Brad’s early career background in private equity portfolio operations (Berkshire Partners) and strategy consulting (Bain & Company) have provided him with the strategic vision and a pragmatic “get it done” approach. After Berkshire Partners, Brad served as the President of Tealeaf by Acoustic, CRO of Access Information, and General Manager of Harris Broadcast’s media software business.

Welcoming New Member Ahmad Mansour

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Ahmad Mansour with Rare Capital. Ahmad describes his expertise:
I started my career as an entrepreneur, co-founding two technology startups (B2C and B2B). As a Sr. Engagement Manager at McKinsey, I led top line growth (marketing and sales) and operations optimization for PE-backed B2B technology portfolio companies; in addition, I led investment and commercial due diligences for top private equity companies on tech assets (B2B, B2C).

Key Accomplishments: Independent Advisor: Advised top PE/Growth Equity/Hedge funds/VC funds on investment/commercial due diligence for target assets and markets, and turn-around / top-line growth of portfolio companies.  Advise startups across stages on top-line growth, pricing, market entry, strategy, operations McKinsey & Company – Advised top PE firms on technology and consumer investment due diligences and portfolio company turn-arounds (growth strategies, operations optimization)

Scryptech – Co-founded Scryptech, a web/mobile app development house for the TMT industry. Led product management, marketing & sales, and business development happin – Co-founded happin, the “waze for safety threatening news” in the MENA region.  Led product management, user acquisition, and go-to-market strategies.

Welcoming New Member Michael Parrott

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Michael Parrott. Michael spent 5 years in Operations and Digital at McKinsey & Company and 4 years as a generalist at Mars & Company. In industry, he had short visits at Anheuser Busch InBev and e-Xstream engineering.

Michael has expertise in ‘digital transformations’ of corporate functions, having led multiple transformations for supply chain, procurement and finance functions. While his program is more functional, his primary industry focus is the consumer sector, as well as transportation and logistics.

He lives in Chicago, Illinois with his wife and daughter. Outside work he enjoys cycling and cooking his wife’s hometown dish of paella.

Welcoming New Member Jean-Marie Roche

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Jean-Marie Roche with JMR Savjet. Senior Executive whose outstanding international track record of success in General management, HR management (Webhelp, Bain & Company) and Strategy consulting (Bain & Company) demonstrates his dedication to results.

Available for Executive Coaching, as well as Consulting and Transition Management assignments in Talent Management and HR Operations.

Welcoming New Member Jacob Lehman

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Jacob Lehman. Jacob began his career in McKinsey’s strategy group in 2009 and has worked in a variety of internal and external consulting roles focused primarily on customer acquisition and new market entry strategies including Voice of the Customer research across industries ranging from financial services, to education technology, to industrial products.

He specializes in identifying creative, win-win solutions that combine rigorous analysis with a respect for the client’s culture and non-financial goals, and brings an executive search consultant’s lens to considering organizations’ leadership and talent needs. From 2015-2021, in addition to his consulting practice, he helped the Johnson Graduate School of Management triple its annual placements at Bain, BCG, and McKinsey and double total consulting offers.

He spends his spare time choreographing safe and thrilling fights for theater and film projects, and is an inveterate crossword puzzle addict and three-time Finger Lakes Crossword Competition champion.

As a non-practicing attorney, Jacob is happy to collaborate on projects that require sensitivity to legal or regulatory issues and advise on effective engagement with internal or outside counsel. He holds a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from the University of Michigan law school.

Welcoming New Member Philippe Simon

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Philippe Simon with WINNOTEK Sarl. Philippe served two years as delegate administrator on behalf of his client in a patent licensing pool addressing a European digital TV standard whereby the client owned an “essential” patent. He assists several public research organizations in technology transfers toward private industry, and facilitates maturation of startups innovative technologies through setup of collaborative projects with industrial partners.

Philippe was previously General Manager Business Development, Europe, for Thomson (Technicolor)’s Intellectual Property & Licensing division. Earlier he had been Senior Manager, Product Innovation and Lifecycle Management (PILM) practice with Deloitte Consulting and Director of R&D processes, tools and methods at Faurecia (tier 1 automotive equipment). He created Braxton Associates’ Moscow (Russia) consulting office in 1997. He was initially US Manager, Marketing & Development for Pechiney Aluminium from 1982 to 1987 based in NYC then joined Bain & Co in Paris and later Boston in 1988.

Philippe holds an engineering degree from Ecole Nationale Supérieure Mines Paris-Tech, and an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Welcoming New Member Lisa Chapello

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Lisa Chapello. Lisa joined Bain’s Chicago office in 2010, before becoming a product leader at Walmart and Twitter. She has practical expertise in product strategy, product operations, and “0 to 1” style efforts. She also has vertical expertise in developer platforms, e-commerce, grocery, and EBT/SNAP. As an independent consultant, Lisa has also helped clients in CPG, healthcare, and last-mile delivery.

By training she is an engineer (University of Illinois) and received her MBA from Stanford. Now based in Boulder, Colorado, Lisa spends a large portion of her time outdoors and will happily spend hours discussing running with you.

Welcoming New Member Marcus Sandberg

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Marcus Sandberg. Executive with strong experience from top-tier management consulting Bain & Company and corporate executive roles in media and technology. Deep experience from strategy development and execution across a range of industries and situations, combined with very strong Private Equity experience across the full deal cycle (due diligence, operational value creation and exit).

Strong track record of delivering results by leading, working with and influencing teams across all levels of the organization. Significant experience working directly with senior executives, owners and Boards.

Welcoming New Member Marie-Pierre Schickel

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Marie-Pierre Schickel as Independent Consultant. Marie-Pierre describes her practice:

I have worked in Strategy Consulting for Bain & Co, then Marketing & Brand Management, Post-Graduate Design Education and more recently within the ecosystem of Italian Innovative Start-Ups.

With a Graduate degree in Economics from ESSEC Business School and a Master in Business Design from Domus Academy, I have developed a strong conviction that to create meaningful and viable businesses, we must combine a deep empathy for one’s customers with actionable insights from small & big data and a solid business strategy. As a Brand Innovation Strategist and Business Designer, my goal is to help my clients align their Brand Strategy with their Business strategy, making their Brand a core strategic asset.

I regularly teach in various international universities about the continuous evolution of consumers values, innovative brand strategies and business models adapted by fashion, luxury or lifestyle players.

I am part of Angels 4 Women, the first Italian business angel association focusing on women-led start-ups, and I mentor start-ups in their seed development stages.

I currently leave in Milan where you can contact me if you have projects where business strategy needs alignment with brand strategy.

Welcoming New Member Claire de Weerdt

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Claire de Weerdt with de Weerdt Consulting. Claire is a former McKinsey Consultant and has been running her consulting company, de Weerdt Consulting Inc, for the past year with a focus primarily in strategy and market research. Prior to McKinsey, Claire obtained her MBA from the University of British Columbia and worked as a Project Engineer at SNC-Lavalin. Claire provides support to investors, consulting companies, executive teams, as well as start-ups primarily in the industrials, technology, real estate, and health care sectors.

Claire lives just outside Vancouver with her husband and Corgi and enjoys spending time outdoors. Claire is always happy to discuss potential project opportunities.

Welcoming New Member Martijn Thierry

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Martijn Thierry with Martijn Thierry Strategic Results. Martijn spent seven years at Bain in London and Amsterdam. He was part of the Bain team that set up the Amsterdam office and left as Senior Manager.  Prior to Bain, he gained his PhD on circular business at Erasmus University Rotterdam and published a leading article.

Martijnhas been running his own consulting firm for over 15 years. He has particular expertise in business strategy development, ESG strategy development, innovation and business development. Most of his work has been in B2B. He has worked across Europe. In addition to his work for companies, Martijn has advised multiple NGOs on their strategy. He has hands-on experience of setting and scaling up innovative social ventures (in water & sanitation, and in road safety).

He lives east of Amsterdam with his wife and two young sons. Martijn is happy to collaborate on projects involving business / ESG strategy (including circular business) in Europe.

Welcoming New Member Yann Parer

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Yann Parer with YP Consult. Yann is a consultant with 4 years’ experience working with McKinsey and Australian boutique firm PQ Partners with extensive experience in mining, technology M&A, business transformation, strategy, and sustainability.

Yann serves companies across Australia in projects ranging from group strategy and value chain optimisation to valuing intangibles and making the business case for nature stewardship.

He has also led acquisitions and partnerships in the mining technology sphere. Prior to completing his MBA at INSEAD, Yann was a geotechnical engineer in the Australian outback in some of the world’s largest iron ore mines.

While based out of Melbourne, Australia, Yann currently works with clients in Asia, Europe and the Americas and is happy to discuss new opportunities across the world.

Welcoming New Member Deniz Koc

Umbrex is pleased to welcome Deniz Koc with DEKOC Strategy & Management Consultancy. Deniz is an innovative, detail-orientated professional with a master degree in business administration and more than 20 years of proven experience in digital transformation, strategy consultancy, as well as planning and managing business, and supporting operations. Deniz worked in the consulting unit of SAP, looking after SAP’s major clients all over the world and took roles like global account manager and customer engagement manager. He also worked and lived in New York City for SAP America, before turning independent with his own consulting firm. He was also Director for Consumer & Retail at Booz & Company, later Strategy&. Deniz is an independent consultant since 2016 again.

Deniz has a clear focus on Consumer Products / FMCG and worked in all areas like food, drinks, cosmetics, fashion etc. His main focus is on Trade Spends and Revenue Growth management.