New Member Announcement
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Florian Heitzenberger. Florian has a BCG background, worked as Manager Corporate Business Development/Strategy for a global industrial goods company and has been running his own consulting firm focused on strategy, business model innovation, post merger integration and start-ups since 2018. Florian lives in Vienna (Austria) and is happy to collaborate on projects in Europe.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Lynn Compton Seay with Seay Associates. Lynn is a registered nurse with 5 years of clinical experience and a deep understanding of frontline care delivery. As a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, she worked broadly across functions (operations, strategy and org) and developed depth in large-scale enterprise transformations. As a Vice President and General Manager at Kaplan North America, she led and grew a division that creates and delivers digital products for the institutional & retail nursing education markets.
She is excited to join her husband Andrew at Seay Associates, LLC, where she will be building out the firm’s healthcare practice. They live in Dallas with their daughter, Genevieve, and cat, Chicken.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Daniel Behr. Daniel is an entrepreneurial leader skilled at developing and implementing growth and innovation strategies. He brings a unique combination of experiences in strategy consulting, startups, business development and the commercialization of new technologies in the life and physical sciences. Daniel seeks to help leadership teams figure out “where to play” and “how to win”. He is based in the Boston area.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Vasyl Davydko. Vasyl is an independent consultant with expertise in financial services, media and technology. Originally from Ukraine, raised in Spain since age of 13, he started his career at McKinsey Madrid office. He later worked at Amazon Spain, prior to joining as COO one of the leading SME digital lending ventures based in SE Asia. Vasyl later co-founded EduCredit, an education financing platform for IT students. He spent last year and a half as an independent consultant, working with organizations such as Bain & Co., Financial Times Strategies, GLG, amongst others.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Hugo Teophilo Rufino. Hugo has worked for McKinsey in the practices of financial services, public sector mostly serving clients in strategy, org design, performance implementation and digital transformation
He lives in Brazil with his wife and baby daughter. Hugo is passionate to serve clients and collaborate in strategy and transformative projects.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Neeraj Monga with ANTYA Investments. Neeraj is a top-ranked investment professional with extensive experience in forensic accounting, corporate governance, fundamental equity analysis and thematic research. Over a successful career spanning twenty years in global investing and advice, Neeraj has assisted clients in avoiding torpedo stocks that decimate portfolio performance. Neeraj focuses only on actionable and strategic investment advice and avoids the EPS-based rat-race that provides little value-added information to institutional investors.
In his consulting practice, he advises clients on M&A and acquisition-related due diligence as an independent advisor to directors. Many global companies such as HP, Caterpillar and others have been burnt by buying far-flung businesses that had to be written down due to sub-optimal due diligence by advisors, investment bankers and the management team.
He also advises teams on go-to-market strategy for new products, entering new geographic areas, and identifying new customer segments. All advice is data-driven, fact-based and provides actionable implementation plans. Numbers, details and ideas speak naturally to Neeraj.
If you are looking to add tremendous value in the shortest possible time on a complex project, then he is your man. Neeraj can provide leadership training, lead and coordinate top-management idea generation summits, and challenge top-management teams to stress test ideas and projects to ensure a winning outcome for everyone.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Vijay Mehra with d2t2 LLC. Vijay has over 25 years consulting and industry experience in information technology, digital and operations. Prior to branching out with his own LLC, he was the Digital & Technology Leader (Asia Pacific) for KKR Capstone and prior to that he was the South East Asia Digital VP & Associate Partner for McKinsey Digital Labs, an arm of McKinsey & Company.
He is thoroughly experienced in solving complex business and information technology problems to boost sales and improve EBITDA. His global work experience spans six countries. Vijay’s expertise in digital solutions and core technology systems spans a wide range of sectors including banking & finance, metals, chemicals, oil & gas, energy & renewables, telecommunications, software products, high tech, consumer products, industrial products, distribution & logistics and others.
Vijay holds four degrees – two Masters degrees from MIT (MBA, Sloan School of Management and MS in Software Systems Engineering) and two bachelors degrees from Cornell University (Operations Research and Economics).
He is an avid traveler, loves tennis and swimming and holds a private pilot’s license. Vijay is a citizen of the United States of America and is currently authorized to work in the USA, Singapore and India.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Paul Harrington with Pathfinder Consulting Group. Prior to launching Pathfinder Consulting Group LLC, Paul spent ~9 years with McKinsey & Company, where he was a Partner based in Washington D.C. Within the firm’s Global Public and Social Sector Practice, Paul led the Go to Market (GTM) team, which spanned 23 countries.
Prior to McKinsey, Paul held roles General Dynamics Information Technology, Johnson & Johnson, Ariba (now part of SAP) and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), and is a former U.S. Army officer. Paul has particular expertise in Public Sector Go to Market strategy and operating models, as both an advisor and practitioner.
Paul lives in Northern Virginia (near Washington, D.C.) with his wife and son. Paul is happy to collaborate on any topics related to Public Sector and/or GTM.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Nick Mork with Value Unlimited LLC. Nick spent eight years with Bain and Company, finishing in the case team leader role. He specialized in consumer products and private equity clients and was always rated top of his class for analysis. He then opened his own practice, performing Bain-like projects for clients at a fraction of the cost. One of those clients, a Fortune 500 paper and packaging company, hired him to be a senior director of strategy in charge of the innovation portfolio. When they closed his office, he returned to private practice.
He currently lives in Las Vegas, NV, but will be moving to Los Angeles soon. He is at his best when making controversial presentations or dealing with ‘scary’ datasets.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Casey Enders with Resolve, Inc. Casey has dedicated her career to advising leaders – including philanthropists and senior executives at Fortune 500 companies, large non-profits, and the United Nations – on how to strategically evolve their organizations and teams to ensure their operations and people are positioned for the greatest impact.
Most recently, she led Unlocking Potential, a non-profit established in 2017 and dedicated to expanding access to high-quality professional development in the social sector. Casey previously served as the Chief of Staff to philanthropist and financier Raymond G. Chambers, the Policy Director on Carly Fiorina’s 2016 presidential campaign, and an independent consultant for mission-driven businesses. She started her career at McKinsey & Company after earning a BA with High Honors from the University of Virginia.
She currently lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, daughter, and beagle.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Anubhav Raina with Raikon. Anu helps MNCs & venture funded start-ups with strategy, financial modelling & capability development – especially with a view towards building new business lines/initiatives. Prior to starting his own firm, he was an engagement manager with McKinsey in London, UK. He started his career as part of the asset-backed finance team at Wells Fargo in Charlotte, US.
As a tech entrepreneur himself, he is naturally passionate about digital transformation, future proofing businesses & upskilling existing team members. He lives in Goa with his wife & dabbles in stand-up comedy & writing for fun. Anu would be happy to collaborate on projects in Europe, Middle East & Asia.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Richard L. Koppel with MilestoneCVC. Richard has over 35 years of domestic and global experience in management consulting, transformation/change management, and technology operations/partnering. He has lived and worked throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. He maintains a global reputation in technology, enabling innovation for transformational change.
He has significant M&A experience including delivering numerous post-merger integration programs across the financial services, professional services, and entertainment industry sectors. He has held senior roles including Consulting Partner & CTO for PwC (formerly Coopers & Lybrand), Partner & CIO McKinsey & Company, and Sr VP Research & Development IGT (formerly GTECH, Corp).
Richard is available to work in the US, UK, or internationally.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Nidhi Chadda with Enzo Advisors. Nidhi is a generalist growth investor and advisor across public and private markets. She is currently the Founder and CEO of Enzo Advisors, a global sustainability consulting firm focused on helping companies build best-in-class sustainable business models within an ESG construct and works closely with institutional investors to integrate ESG policies and frameworks across their investment processes.
Prior to launching Enzo Advisors, Nidhi was a portfolio manager at RBC Global Asset Management where she spearheaded the initiative to drive ESG integration across investment processes for her team managing $3 billion in assets under management in aggregate across 3 funds. Nidhi also serves on several advisory boards and investment committees at angel associations and venture funds. She is also a sector lead at Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater NY and a mentor at various tech accelerators (e.g., ERA, XRC Labs, NY Fashion Tech Lab, Endless Frontier Labs). Nidhi has hosted numerous webinars related to ESG – related topics and has been featured across a number of media engagements including CNBC, the Women in Asset Management Summit, ESG Clarity magazine, Women’s Wear Daily (WWD), ESG Today, and Venture Capital Journal.
Nidhi has 20+ years of experience as an investment banker, strategic consultant and investor. She earned her MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Nidhi is happy to collaborate on all ESG advisory projects as it pertains to corporations and investors looking to establish any aspect of their ESG roadmap including benchmarking and materiality assessment, reporting against key ESG standards and frameworks, communicating that message to investors through CSR reports / website content, developing a strategy to achieve net zero, and tracking progress on diversity and inclusion initiatives through customized scorecards.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Marco Berizzi. Marco acted as Chief Financial Officer within pharmaceutical and medical device space and as Head of Business Solutions for a company developing business intelligence, advanced analytics and planning platforms in Switzerland since 2013. Prior to this, he spent almost six years in Bain & Company, Italy accomplishing business due-diligences underlying private equity transactions, serving financial institutions customers within corporate banking & risk management projects and dealing with business improvements & BPR projects in Oil & Gas sector. At the beginning of his career, he worked for Italian Stock Exchange mainly in the equity market listing department dealing with forty IPO’s.
He lives in the south part of Lugano lake in Switzerland with his wife and daughter. Marco is happy to collaborate on projects involving strategy, corporate development, financial issues for both industrial corporations and banks, organization and business efficiency and operational excellence.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Alexei Beltyukov with US Energy Ventures. Alexei spent five years working on strategy projects at McKinsey and has been an entrepreneur since 2007. His industry experience is mostly in traditional (oil&gas) and clean energy and transportation. Turnarounds and technology-based solutions for legacy industries are his passion.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Brent Packer with synthesize.consulting. Brent is a former Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company. During his 5+ years at the Firm, he worked with Fortune 500, public sector, and nonprofit clients while specializing in digital/analytics/product and sustainability (recognized as 1 of 16 manager-level experts globally).
He has also worked with multiple startups and founded two social ventures, including an open-source zero-electricity structure that filters, cools, and dispenses water to help eliminate plastic waste.
Brent now has his own freelance consulting firm with work authorization in both the USA and Canada.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Rob Mann with MilestonCVC.
Having worked across the globe, Rob has over 20 years of consulting and industry experience focused on growth and innovation, product development and related operations. He previously worked at McKinsey as a Senior Expert in Product Development & Design. He led North Highland‘s Growth & Innovation Practice which became an ALM Top 10 practice under his leadership. While working at PwC (PRTM), SapientRazorfish and Kearney, his work entailed growth and innovation, digital enablement, and strategic sourcing. In addition to advisory services, approximately half of his consulting career entails interim management roles where he’s conceived, developed and launched new products and businesses for mature brands and start-up companies.
Along with his consulting work, Rob taught in the Marketing Department at the Wharton School for nearly 20 years, where he served as the Director of Consulting and Strategy in Wharton’s GCP. He was the Global Conference Chairman for the Product Development and Management Association where he led events and seminars. Known for immersive consulting experiences mixing fun and learning, Rob is a sought-out mentor enjoying long, deep developmental relationships with trusted clients, colleagues and students. Rob travels the globe with his family, enjoys baseball, teaches Bourbon design/development and is an avid hiker.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Stepan Chrz. Before joining a data consultancy boutique as a Chief Commercial Officer, Stepan worked at McKinsey’s Prague office with a focus on strategy, transformations and B2B sales. He worked on 5 continents with clients spanning from light and heavy industry to telecoms and banks to online classifieds.
Stepan holds a doctoral degree in theoretical economics from Charles University and an MBA from Cambridge.
Outside work, Stepan is an outdoor enthusiast and a backpacker. During his travels, he tends to get himself into adventures that he later regrets. Sailing across the Atlantic ocean in an old 10m boat, running a 90km Vasalopet race without prior cross-country skiing experience, and crossing a rainforest on foot – these were all experiences that are fun only in hindsight. However, due to his selective memory he never seems to learn.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Alexander Savchuk. Alexander Savchuk started his career in Bain and subsequently has been running his own Moscow based telecom&IT consulting firm. Alexander developed entry strategy to the CIS markets and/or assisted in business development for a couple of dozens of hightech firms, to name a few: MCI, AT&T, Motorola, Siemens, Telenor, Ericsson, Microsoft, Cisco. All major Russian telecom companies were among clients of Alexander’s firm for strategy development for years.
In 2014 Alexander decided to take a midlife career change, sold his business and devoted his time to his 5 kids. Now he is developing his startup online platform to address the needs of distributed teams for online problem solving&decision making, strategy development and digital transformation programs’ coordination. However, Alexander would be happy to assist in any strategy development project on the territory of the former USSR.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Elias Schulze with The Africa Group. Elias is an emerging markets entrepreneur and media strategist. Elias previously co-founded and managed Kana TV, Ethiopia’s leading television network, which was later acquired by Canal+.
He formerly served as an MD for Kaymu, a Jumia Group company, operating across 17 African markets. He is also Managing Partner of The Africa Group, an early-stage VC and boutique advisory shop focused on specialized opportunities in Africa. A former Engagement Manager for McKinsey & Company, Elias brings extensive strategic business experience to the frontier markets space.
Currently residing in London, Elias is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Federico Di Franco. Federico spent six years at Bain & Co Brazil in commercial and marketing practices for consumer goods companies, airlines and automotive. He loves to create value and lead people in order to achieve their full potential and generate measurable benefits and great impact for companies and organizations.
Recognized for assessing operational needs and developing solutions to save costs, improve revenues, and drive commercial full potential initiatives, Federico is happy to collaborate on projects involving start up, operations and go to market positioning.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Elise Kidd Slansky with EMKS Global Consulting. Elise spent five years as a Travel, Transport, and Logistics practice expert and researcher at McKinsey and two additional years at Deloitte prior. Since 2019, Elise has been running her own consulting firm, EMKS Global Logistics, LLC. Elise is a passionate supply chain leader with recent warehousing, process improvement, and project management experience.
She is a driven and goal-oriented professional specializing in strategic planning, research, and analytics. Elise excels at applying insights to achieve profitable growth, improve efficiency, control costs, and grow market share. She has a record of working collaboratively across functions to share data and achieve alignment. Elise is a dedicated producer who ensures prosperous operations both short- and long-term.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Laura Wheeler. Laura brings deep experience in Strategy, Analytics and E-commerce which she has honed through her years at a top-tier management consulting firm (McKinsey), as an operator at best-in-class retailers (Ross Stores and Gap), in client service as the Retail Practice Lead at a start-up marketing analytics consulting firm (Absolutdata) and culminating in P&L ownership as the General Manager/Chief Digital Officer at DTC divisions of Omni-retailers (Saks, Perfumania).
Her project work has covered a wide range of areas from designing and implementing a new data-driven planning approaches, employing sophisticated statistical methods to do multi-touch attribution modeling and launching a new retail concept with branding and organizational design components.
Throughout her career, Laura has been drawn to classic strategy problem solving and big data/analytics. She would love to continue those types of endeavors on projects with the Umbrex team. She currently resides in Irvington, NY (a suburb of NYC) with her 2 teen-aged children and 1 dog. She is open to travel and ready to dive into projects that can leverage her Strategy, Digital Marketing/Analytics or E-commerce experience.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Rob Ristagno with Sterling Woods Group. Rob shows companies how to quickly and profitably grow sales with certainty by using a data-driven market segmentation methodology called Scout X. Now the CEO of the Sterling Woods Group, Ristagno began his career at McKinsey and served as a senior executive at several private equity-owned businesses, including America’s Test Kitchen and Homesite Insurance. He has helped companies big and small, including Visa, Pepsi, and Comcast. His work has been featured on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, Forbes, AdWeek, Digiday, and more.
Rob lives in West Hartford, CT, with his wife, Kate, two daughters, Helena and Emilia, and black lab, Royce.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Anil Kale with Midway Growth Partners. Anil has over 20 years of experience in accelerating the growth of startups and business units of larger companies. Key experiences include growing Les Mills On Demand from $4M to $65M 2017-2020, Micron Imaging from $16M to $749M 2003-2008 and building 3 startups (one which went public, one which was purchased, and one that raised $68M from tier 1 VC’s).
Anil has been consulting through his own agency since 2011, focused on revenue and EPS growth acceleration within the technology, media and telecoms (TMT) and energy sectors.
Anil lives in Sunnyvale, CA with his wife and kids, and is training to ski in Antarctica (the last continent where he has not yet skied). Anil is happy to collaborate on projects developing product-market fit through scaling growth within any industry, anywhere in the world.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Camila Fernandez with Alux Management. Camila Fernandez spent 4 years at Bain & Company and is setting up her independent consulting practice based out of the Dominican Republic. Her academic background is mostly Economics and International Development (Harvard Kennedy School). She started her career in government, then transitioned to Bain & Company and later joined Mercado Libre (NASDAQ: MELI) to run their fintech division in Mexico.
Camila is happy to collaborate in strategy, digital transformation and private equity projects in Latin America
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Theresa Nanigian with TN Executive Coaching. Theresa is an executive coach with a particular expertise in leadership. She works with senior leaders, those in leadership transition and teams to successfully lead themselves and others by taking a future-back approach to sustainable individual/organisational change. Before establishing her coaching practice, Theresa worked at McKinsey as a management consultant, headed strategic planning at a division of GlaxoSmithKline and ran a worldwide technology division at American Express.
She lives in Dublin, Ireland and splits her professional life between coaching and a visual art practice focused on social psychology and interpersonal connection. It isn’t unusual for these seemingly disparate disciplines to influence each other in creative ways to better serve clients.
Theresa would welcome collaborating on projects involving clients in Europe, UK and US.
She is also experimenting with novel formats to complement typical session- or retainer-based coaching relationships, such as short, sharp, intensive deep-dives for leaders who are super busy but could really benefit from a novel approach to changing patterns in their mindset or behaviour that have become deeply embedded over years of repetition. Theresa would love to hear from anyone interested in participating in her beta tests.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Michael D Pollack with Pollack Consulting. Michael has over 25 years at driving industry transformation and delivering insights through leveraging best in class analytics. Prior to Pollack Consulting, Michael was a Managing Director at JP Morgan in Asset & Wealth Management where he was the Global Head of the Portfolio Analysis Group, the group that provided investment analytics for both external and external analysis of JP Morgan’s investment performance.
Prior to this role, Michael was a Managing Director in the Corporate and Investment Bank also at JP Morgan. Before joining JP Morgan he was a Managing Director and Divisional CFO at Citigroup where he led the reengineering of the capital markets operations. Prior to Citigroup, Michael was the CEO at Pollack Consulting Group, an independent management consultancy that assists clients with their most difficult strategy, operational, and technology issues.
Michael also held senior roles at American Express and Booz & Company (now part of PwC). Michael was the founding Chair of the Board and a current Board member of School in the Square, a public charter school in New York City.
Michael earned his BA, Magna Cum Laude, in Computer Science from Princeton University and his MBA in General Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Sven Sauer with SVEN SAUER HEALTHCARE CONSULTING. Sven has over 25 years of experience in pharma and healthcare with deep knowledge and understanding of the German and various other European healthcare systems. In 2011, he founded SVEN SAUER HEALTHCARE CONSULTING, which successfully provides services to the pharmaceutical and medical devices industry in Germany and Europe.
Prior to that he held several senior executive roles with Eli Lilly in Germany, the US and across Europe; and he worked for McKinsey, consulting payers and pharma companies nationally and internationally. He started his medical career in neurology/neuroradiology, and gained legal experience in malpractice/physicians’ law.
Sven holds degrees in law from Mainz university, and medicine from Frankfurt university, and is fully licensed in both professions.
Sven is happy to work on pricing, reimbursement and market access projects as well as business development topics for pharmaceutical and medical devices companies in Germany and Europe
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Erica Reischer with Dr. Reischer Coaching. Erica is a clinical psychologist, author, and executive coach. Drawing on over 20 years of experience as a psychologist, business leader, and management consultant with McKinsey & Company, Erica partners with leaders and the organizations they serve to hone leadership skills, enhance teamwork, support organizational change, and optimize workplaces.
In addition to her clinical and coaching work, Erica is a contributing writer for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Psychology Today, The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and The Atlantic.
Erica holds a B.A. from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Psychology / Human Development. During her Ph.D. studies at the University of Chicago, she worked with Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a pioneer in Positive Psychology and the author of “Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience.”
Erica lives with her family in Vancouver, BC and the San Francisco Bay Area. She is an avid hiker, swimmer, and skier, as well as an encaustic artist.
She is interested in collaborating on projects involving leadership development, executive coaching, employee well-being, and culture transformation.
As a coach she conducts workshops for a broad range of companies and non-profit organizations enabling them to improve teamwork, employee personal development of their employees and workplace atmosphere. She is specially focussed on all the leadership subjects and works with leaders on their struggles.
Beside Companies. She also coaches individual clients in these areas with a focus on regarding fields, especially to supporting them to take the next steps in their career and to follow progress along that path.
Additionally, she is an active Member of Panda Women Leadership Network and nushu female network, platforms offering a broad network to support women for in their personal development and to build up strengthen their career.
Sanaz worked before as a lobbyist for the Federal Association of Dentists in Germany, and previously worked as International Strategy Consultant for companies like PwC and B-Lue (a BCG-Spinoff and now Bain & Company). Prior to that she worked as a dentist in Germany and the Netherlands. She holds a PhD in dentistry.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome James Wilton with Monevate. James Wilton spent 3 years at McKinsey and Company, where he led the pricing service line at Fuel (McKinsey’s practice for startups), and recently left to found Monevate, a pricing strategy consulting firm focused on serving growth-stage companies.
He has ~15 years experience in consulting roles, with ~9 years focused on pricing strategy transformation and new product pricing. Prior to joining McKinsey, he served as the Head of Strategic Pricing at RELX Group, and led the pricing practice at SBI.
James lives in Saratoga Springs, NY with his wife and 2 (soon to be 3!) boys. He loves stand-up and sketch comedy (used to perform!), and trying new food and wines.
James would be keen to collaborate on any projects in compatible time zones (US and Europe) involving B2B/B2C pricing, packaging and value proposition.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Berthold Hannes with Dr. Hannes Consulting. Berthold spent 15 years with A.T. Kearney in the Munich and Duesseldorf offices, leading A.T.Kearney’s Utility practice in Germany, Switzerland and Austria for many years. He was also a member of the European and global Utility practice leadership team. From 2006 until 2013 he was a Bain & Company partner in the Duesseldorf office, leading the Utility practice in GSA. In 2014 he started his own consulting business, based in Cologne.
Berthold works with medium-sized and large Utility companies, investors in the energy space and innovators. He has particular expertise in corporate and business unit strategy, business model development and innovation. For investors he is working on CDDs. He is invested in an Energy start-up in Zurich.
Berthold lives in Cologne, Germany, with his family. He has become an enthusiastic runner and finished his first half-marathon in 2019. Berthold is happy to work on projects in the German speaking region.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Mark Organ with Categorynauts. Mark spent a couple of years at Bain as an Associate Consultant before founding and leading Eloqua, the category defining marketing automation company in 2000. Eloqua went public in 2012 and is now part of Oracle.
Mark then worked as an independent consultant helping Asia and North American SaaS companies go to market. In 2010 Mark founded Influitive, the category defining advocate community company, which today is scaling profitably. Today Mark is coaching category creating SaaS CEOs and also consulting on category discovery and development projects.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Maria Kinkina with One More Consulting. Maria spent four years as a strategy consultant at Bain London and has been running her own independent consulting firm – One More Consulting – since 2019. Prior to Bain, Maria was the Head of Impact Assessment and Strategy at Teach for Bulgaria. Maria’s areas of expertise include strategy, customer, commercial excellence and transformation management. She has been working primarily in the retail and consumer goods sector and with industrial clients.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome James Haywood with Haywood Strategic Consulting. James spent three years at Bain & Company, with a large part of that time in the Private Equity practice doing strategy and commercial due diligence projects across different industries including energy, industrials, manufacturing and telecommunications.
Prior to Bain, James was a Chemical Engineer, and has worked on two oil refineries in the UK, as well as having an operations role for Conoco UK. He then spent five years working at the International Energy Agency (OECD) in Paris as an Energy Analyst and as the Special Advisor to the Deputy Executive Director.
Post Bain, James worked for Schlumberger Business Consulting directing strategy and operations improvement projects for upstream oil & gas companies, across the globe. His last permanent role was Director Global Strategy & Strategic Planning for Baker Hughes, a General Electric Company, an international oilfield equipment and services company.
Since 2019, James has been running his own independent consulting firm focusing on three areas; 1. growth strategy and commercial due diligence, 2. organisation effectiveness and executive coaching and 3. social impact.
James is happy to collaborate on projects in any of these areas across any industries.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Andrea Ziegler. Andrea spent five years as a Consultant with BCG and Bain, in Canada and South Africa. After leaving consulting, Andrea spent a couple of years doing in-house strategy work for Bell Canada. Since then she has been the President/CEO of three small to medium-sized digital media businesses, each of which she successfully sold. Andrea’s undergraduate degree in Systems Design Engineering combined with her MBA and extensive experience in strategy, operations and management enables her to efficiently identify, launch or improve new or existing digital businesses.
After Andrea’s most recent leadership role at Workopolis, Canada’s leading job board, she moved to Jasper, Alberta and transitioned to being an independent consultant. When she is not working, she is back-country skiing, hiking, mountain biking, or paddling. Andrea is happy to collaborate on projects involving strategy, new product development or other areas in the digital economy. She is also highly experienced and capable at preparing SMBs for a sale process.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Fabio Olivi. After graduation, Fabio started working in Large Consumer market industry with Companies like Procter&Gamble and Colgate Palmolive. Remained 4 years in this Industry, he then moved in the Management Consulting, having worked in Accenture (2 years, mainly Banking and Financial), KPMG Business Advisory (10 years, mainly Manufacturing) and finally in Bain&Company, where he remained for 4-5 years (Telco).
In all of those years of Consulting, he specialized in Supply Chain, Procurement organization, Organization, whie in Bain&Company he specialized mainly in Business Transformation projects and support for Industrial Plans, Due Diligence and CEO support for major business initiatives. Over last 10 years I act as Independent with ex Mc Kinsey in mostly Manufacturing projects, also running a personal business in Non-Performing-Loans industry.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Cecile Bernheim with S2E Partners. Cécile created S2E Partners consulting firm in 2014. She advises Boards, CEOs and executive teams of small and mid-cap companies on Strategy-to-Execution and Corporate Governance. Her action is guided by her conviction that “aligned strategy, disciplined execution and good governance lead to greater results”
Cecile put her deep understanding of consumers, customers and market dynamics at the service of her clients and delivers valued insights and recommendations.
Her professional experience prior to S2E Partners includes strategy consulting with Bain and Company as well as senior executive roles at Coca-Cola internationally in General Management, Strategy, Sales and Marketing and in Pharmaceutical Research and Development.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Anuar Heberlein with STRATYGIKA CONSULTING. Anuar has participated in transactions totaling +US10 billion and in +50 strategy & management engagements over the past 15 years.
He has extensive experience working with C-suite executives and helping many Fortune 500 clients with corporate and growth strategy projects, conducting market research, performing due diligence, supporting transactions and implementing performance improvement projects.
Prior to founding Stratygika in 2012, Anuar worked with Second City Capital, a Vancouver based Private Equity fund, and as a strategy consultant across the Americas for Bain & Company.
Anuar holds an MBA from INSEAD and a B.Sc. in economics from ITAM.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Paul Browne with Lexington. Paul is combines a wealth of experience in international blue-chip companies with an intellectual drive, curiosity for data, and experience in helping high-performing complex executives get outstanding results. He has lived and worked extensively across Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. He lives with his author wife, (N.M. Browne) in Richmond-on-Thames, UK – useful for Heathrow.
Paul is an Associate at the Møller Institute at the University of Cambridge and also operates as an independent strategy consultant. Following a highly successful career within consulting then banking, he served in various law firm CEO and finance roles, and now focusses on consultancy to professional service firms.
After starting his strategy career with Bain & Company, Paul spent a decade in senior positions with Standard Chartered where he led the Board recommendation in the early 90s to exit the UK, US and Continental office network to focus on the fast growing markets of Asia Pacific and South Asia- a strategy that was not only ahead of its time, but resulted on SCB being the best performing FTSE 100 share in the year following the strategy’s announcement. He also led a global crisis team centred on India as well as being Regional Head, Sub-Saharan Africa. He then moved to Barclays Bank as Director for Group Strategy.
Paul completed his MBA jointly from Manchester Business School and HEC, Paris, also attending an executive programme at Harvard Business School which entailed study at Harvard, in China, and in Singapore as well as analyzing opportunities in India. His undergraduate degree was in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Trinity College, Oxford. In addition, he also has a first class Oxford University degree equivalent in Archaeology.
Paul takes a data-driven approach to solving problems, informed by his wide experience and a strong thirst for new insights and approaches to analysing and solving business and people challenges.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Oliver Speier with Proworks Consulting. Oliver is a senior transformation advisor with ~14 years of experience in Operations Management, Lean and strategy for large corporations within various industry sectors. I have been working in different roles (e.g. hands-on support to leadership & strategic coaching) and on multiple engagements predominantly in Europe and Asia. I was an Engagement Manager with McKinsey&Company’s Operations Practice in Singapore serving large banks and insurance companies specifically around challenges such as top-line growth & efficiency.
I apply my strengths to address typical challenges of change situations such as market shifts, strategic redirections or digital transformations, covering and integrating both, the market and operational view. My consulting approach is complementary, bridging the classic expert-driven and content-oriented perspective (giving answers/providing solutions) with a bottom-up process and coaching oriented perspective (asking question/providing a frame in which the organization delivers the solution itself). My engagements with the client are workshop based and highly interactive both onsite and off-site, deploying all current online video conferencing and team collaboration technologies.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Giovanni Fontana Giusti with Stradé. After an engineering degree and an MBA Giovanni started in consulting in a French consulting firm (Bossard) then in Bain London and Sydney. After that he worked as an executive, then as a CEO/Business owner in the luxury business on one hand, and in the TIC industry (Testing, Inspection and Certification).
Now he works as an independent consultant in Italy and in France.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Joy Fairbanks with Fairbanks Venture Advisors. Joy is an experienced founder, investment evaluator, and advisor to high growth, innovative companies across sectors. Prior to forming her own boutique advisory, she served clients at LEK Consulting and Mitchell Madison Group where she was an engagement manager.
Joy has extensive experience advising companies across geographies from M&A and strategic planning to process improvement and supply chain management. She advises on business modeling, customer discovery, MVPs/prototyping, product/market fit, go to market strategy, fundraising/investor presentations, partnerships, operations, and financial forecasting.
Joy is an active advisor across accelerators and university startup communities including: Blackstone Launchpad (powered by Techstars), Venture Out, Inventor to Founders (I2F) Cyber NYC, StartEd’s NYU New Media Lab, Stanford University’s Lean Launchpad, and Columbia University’s Entrepreneurship Design Studio.
Joy is open to collaborating on projects of various types, particularly those that make an impact on people, markets, and the planet.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome H. Nevin Yuksel-Ekici. Nevin has 20+ years of strategy and transformation experience. This includes 11 years at a global enterprise software, hardware and hybrid cloud firm (Dell/ EMC), and 6+ years at Bain & Company. In her last role, she led cross-BU/cross-functional strategy projects, and co-led strategic planning for Dell Technologies. This involved working with the Dell Technologies executive leadership team and cross-functional leaders to identify and prioritize strategic initiatives, as well as clarifying and solving vague business problems through structured thinking and data analytics. In previous roles, she has led market intelligence, go-to-market strategy, and multiple enterprise-wide program offices to drive merger integrations and transformations. She has set up and transformed teams, and helped them achieve strong results in a short time.
Nevin is happy to collaborate on projects related to strategic planning, business strategy, sales strategy and merger integration.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Alp Refik. Alp is a seasoned consultant and sales and marketing leader with extensive project implementation and digital transformation experience. Broad industry exposure, from technology to banking to FMCG. Strong commercial and project management skills. Alp has spend last 5 years developing digital marketing solutions for fortune 500 under Google large customers organisation and managed agency networks as well as direct client relationships.
Alp is based in Amsterdam and fluent in English and Turkish.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Derek Robinson with Renegade. Derek is a hands-on Strategy advisor with a track record of developing high-impact new business ventures. Derek trained at Bain, Coca-Cola and Cox Media Group before launching Renegade – a boutique collective of ace consultants, built to drive explosive growth for their clients.
He lives in Atlanta with his husband, Eric, and can’t wait to travel again once the dust clears. Derek is always up for a collaboration, either in Atlanta or remotely, and is especially keen on the consumer goods + media sectors. Learn more about Derek (and his team) at www.renegade.llc.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Xavier Lederer with Ambrose Growth. Xavier was a strategy consultant with Bain & Company for 4 years in Europe (Brussels & Amsterdam office). He is now a business coach, helping CEOs of mid-market companies, who are frustrated by the way their company is growing, redefine their growth strategy/execution and their management approach, so they can get back on track to profitable growth.
Prior to starting his own practice Xavier was the President of a chocolate manufacturer in NYC. Xavier has particular expertise in helping leadership teams define an actionable growth strategy, establish an execution discipline to hold people accountable, and build stronger, more cohesive leadership teams. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and three elementary-school age children. He is a trained chocolatier and a hobbyist beekeeper. Xavier is happy to collaborate on projects in North America and across Europe to help mid-market companies redefine their growth strategy/execution and their management approach to grow faster and with less pain.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Markus Gremmel. Markus runs his independent consulting and investment firm with focus on sales, marketing, sales partnerships, and development of business models. Markus has a deep industry expertise in cards, payments, consumer lending, and financial services in general, emanating from a variety of senior roles in banking: e.g., Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at BAWAG Group, non-executive board member of a leading card issuer and ATM operator, board member of a niche bank in debt capital markets.
Markus is a strong problem solver with a renowned entrepreneurial spirit. He loves to develop and implment new business opportunities for his clients and himself. Markus enjoys living in Vienna. He is happy to support projects in EMEA
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Maia Scher. Maia spent +7 years as Management Consultant at McKinsey and has been working as independent consultant and held executive corporate roles (SME companies and startups) since 2015. With broad and generalist background, she has developed particular expertise in general management & strategy, organizational issues, and company build/ biz.dev. She has undergrad degree in Economics and MSc. in Social Psychology.
She is passionate about delivering impact with purpose in a broad set of topics, industries, functions and geographies. During 2020, she cofounded a social, non for profit organization, designed as a “human collective intelligence network” which is focused on impacting to mitigate negative effects from Covid19 (health, education, economy) and seize the crisis as an opportunity for the aftermath. She is also passionate about helping leading women succeed in their professional careers. She mentors entrepreneurs in digital ecosystem and women in business, she writes and facilitates different workshops and capability building trainings.
She currently lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, close to her parents, friends, and shares her home with a lovely rescued greyhound.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Richard Baum with Consumer Growth Partners. Richard co-founded Consumer Growth Partners (“CGP”) in 2005 and is the Managing Partner. CGP is a hybrid investment and advisory firm with an exclusive focus on companies in the retail (channel agnostic) and non-perishable branded consumer products sectors. Prior to CGP, Richard spent 16 years on Wall Street as a top-rated Equity Research Analyst at Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs and Sanford Bernstein & Co. where he followed specialty retail companies. Previously Richard spent six years in merchandising at Bloomingdale’s and began his career at the Boston Consulting Group.
He is currently President of the Retail Marketing Society (www.retailmarketingsociety.org) and serves on the board of 2 private companies. He recently stepped down from the board of Vera Bradley (NYSE: VRA). Richard lives outside New York City in Westchester County with his wife. He has two adult sons, one a corporate attorney in DC and the other a musical theatre composer, arranger and vocal coach in New York City. Richard is happy to work on projects involving retail and consumer products companies
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Terry Chevalier with Sunstone Associates. Terry is a 25-year industry veteran with a focus on telecommunications and the wireless space. He spent three years with Bain & Company as a Case Team leader before joining AT&T‘s Corporate Strategy and Development team. At AT&T he led multiple strategic projects and initiatives and led the AT&T Auction bid team for wireless radio spectrum and government subsidies. Prior to consulting, Terry started his career in the U.S. Intelligence Community providing technical support to collection operations. Terry has significant depth in the telecommunications space including wireless strategy, radio spectrum, 5G, rural broadband, and regulatory trends.
He lives in Dallas, TX with his wife and two teenage children and seeks the tranquility of smoking meat on weekends. Terry is available to collaborate on corporate strategy, due diligence, and auctions (including design, bid strategies, competitive analysis, and bidding support), especially in the telecommunications space.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Rahul Bhargava with PurpleCrest. Rahul was a management consultant at McKinsey for 6 years, and has been running his own consulting firm since 2012. PurpleCrest, his firm, focuses on strategy consulting and high-performance business coaching to mid-market organisations in India and Canada. After leaving McKinsey, Rahul also led the operations for one of the United Nations offices in India, focusing on accelerating the achievement of health related millennium development goals (MDG-4 & 5). He is an advisory board member in few non-profits and startups.
Rahul lives in Oakville, Greater Toronto Area (Canada) along with his wife and 2 sons. Rahul is excited to be part of the Umbrex community, and is looking to collaborate on projects requiring digital solutions for impact creation.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Stacye Thrasher Brim with STB Consulting. Stacye spent about 2.5 years consulting with Booz Allen Hamilton prior to opening her own consulting firm in 2014. Her firm provides strategic planning, portfolio governance, project management, and process improvement consulting to small- to medium-sized organizations and nonprofits to help them establish the direction of their organization, optimize their investments, and ensure their projects deliver business value.
She lives in Atlanta, Georgia and when she’s not tackling client needs she enjoys yoga, reading, and serving as the Board Chair for Bearings Bike Works, a local nonprofit youth development organization. Stacye is a certified in each of her service areas – Project Management Professional, Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and a Kaplan-Norton Balanced Scorecard Certified Graduate (Strategy Management). She is happy to collaborate on projects.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Paul Armstrong with Mcinco. Paul spent two years with Mercer Management Consulting based out of London and three years with Bain based out of Sydney. He has been running an independent consulting practice since 2009. Paul spent two years, from 2015 to 2017, working for George Weston Foods, a major food producer in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to consulting Paul was an engineer and project manager with Shell.
Paul has worked across many industries in Australia, New Zealand and across Asia, Europe and North America.
Paul lives near Sydney, Australia with his wife and alongside consulting is rehabilitating and developing a farming operation.
Paul is happy to collaborate on a broad range of projects.
After those years, Eduard co-founded a fashion ecommerce startup. He exited the company after selling his equity to an industrial investor, and decided to travel the world for a while.
He is currently living in Andorra, working as an independent consultant doing strategy & marketing projects mainly in the fintech space. He also founded Antifragile Solutions, an advisory firm with a top talent network of freelance strategy consultants specialized in delivering projects globally.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Cathrine Cornella. Cathrine focuses on the circular economy in Switzerland and transitioning businesses to a less resource-intensive and more circular business model. Most recently, she spent a couple of years working in various organizations in Malawi (Southern Africa) and Switzerland on sustainable agricultural supply chains, economic empowerment of farmers and young people, and development projects.
Initially, she worked with McKinsey and as an independent consultant focusing on strategy and operational efficiency in financial services, telecommunication and other sectors.
Cathrine lives in Zurich, Switzerland, with her husband and two kids and likes to explore the beautiful Swiss Alps hiking, rock climbing or back country skiing. Cathrine is happy to support on projects aimed to transition to a more circular economy or business model and related to resource optimization.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Taoufik El Khazzani. Tao spent 2 years within the Operations practice at McKinsey working within the telecom, hi-tech and automotive sectors. Following this first consulting experience, he joined Vivendi to lead trend forecast and strategy projects in the telecom and media space.
He then decided to add another expertise focusing on the luxury and fashion industries : after a M.S. at Institut Français de la Mode (IFM), he has managed strategy and business development for various brands, large and small. He is always excited to collaborate on projects linked to creative industries
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Bulent Seber. After a consulting stint at Bain, Bulent joined his family consultancy business in the diamond industry. He helped diversify the company into taking actual stake in the diamond industry with both manufacturing and wholesale operations. He helped companies including his own capitalise on opportunities during and post 2008 Great financial recession implementing best practice principles. He currently also serves on the Board of Diamond Club of Antwerp.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Mats Hugossonn with EpikOne Sweden AB. Mats has a passion for solving complex industry and business challenges in an international context. He has a background as a management consultant at McKinsey, CEO and business unit manager with a focus on developing new business and generating growth. He is very hands-on and goal-oriented with a strong track record in strategy / business development, sales leadership and creating results. His industry expertise is mostly from business services, IT/telecom/tech and industrial sector. He has special expertise in business and digital transformation.
Mats lives in Stockholm with his wife and two teenaged children and loves boating in the Swedish Archipelago. He is happy to collaborate on projects in Europe involving sales management, strategy development/execution, business and digital transformation within his industry expertise.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Aviv Avni. Aviv started his career as a consultant with the Brussels office of Bain & Company in 2019. At Bain, Aviv gained experience working with various clients from the consumer goods and industrial sectors in Europe and the United States. Last year, Aviv returned to Israel temporarily to start his own company specializing in importing and distributing innovative protective gear. Following a period of rapid growth, Aviv successfully sold his company and relocated to San Francisco to live with his husband.
Prior to joining Bain, Aviv spent three years practicing as a competition and finance attorney. Aviv advised and represented major Israeli and American financial institutions in matters relating to compliance with financial regulation, clearing mergers and acquisitions and launching new products and services.
Currently, Aviv consults a number of Israeli clients and is looking forward to continuing his career journey in the United States.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Valerie Warland with VW Management. Valerie is an independent non executive director based in Luxembourg, with a strong focus on alternative investment structures. She has more than 25 years of experience in the finance industry, where she enjoyed several strategic positions, like PMO director at Alter Domus, leading global alternative fund administrator, financial planning and analysis director at Paypal Europe, management information vice-president in the Dexia Banking Groupe.
She started her career as a strategy consultant with Bain & Company Benelux, Brussels. She graduated in 1995 with a master degree of the Solvay Business School, Brussels. She is married and has three dynamic children. She would be happy to help develop luxembourg based business.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Tomás Elewaut with Hopen – Management Consulting. Tomás spent seven years at McKinsey & Co., leading projects in South America, and has been running his own consulting firm focused on strategy, organization and business development since 2012.
Before starting his own consulting practice, he was founder and business development manager of and important agribusiness operation that raised capital from US institutional investors and the IFC (International Finance Corporation). Prior to McKinsey, he worked for the Techint Group and Banco Galicia. Tomás has particular expertise in strategy and general management advise, as well as board organization, as he currently serves in the board of a renowned non-profit hospital.
He lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina with his wife and three undergrad school age children. Tomás is happy to collaborate on projects involving strategy, organization, business development and general management advise.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Kinshuk Kocher. Kinshuk Kocher (KK) started his consulting journey with an internship at BCG. Post his bachelors in economics and a year in risk advisory services with EY, he moved on to McKinsey & Co. He spent a little more than 3 years with McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), the business & economics think-tank of McKinsey. Post that he advised companies across consumer retail, hospitality, healthcare on new market entry & business development before pursuing an MBA from Oxford.
After completing his higher education, he decided to move back to India to get involved with the startup ecosystem in 2017. He founded a health tech startup called Caredose, which tracks & ensures that chronic patients take their medicines as prescribed, every time. Kinshuk primarily focussed on strategy, business development & fund raising and is now increasingly playing an advisory role.
KK is an ardent Liverpool football club supporter and even led a strategic consulting project for the club during his time at Oxford. He recently got married and is living with his wife who is pursuing her PhD in Health Policy from UCLA. Currently, he is advising a new age works platform that is leveraging ML/ AI over whatsapp to transform the way people work.
Kinshuk is happy to collaborate on projects involving business strategy, new market entry, fund raising, financial modeling, startup advisory at a global level and is sector agnostic.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Jessica Graf with LeFil Consulting. Jessica (Zurich-Switzerland) is the Founder and Managing Director of LeFil Consulting. Before LeFil, she helped another consultancy in the field of social innovation and entrepreneurship (www.hystra.com). She also spent 8 years in developing countries, serving public and non-profit institutions, such as the UNDP, Action contre la Faim, the OSCE and the Swiss Foreign and Economic Affairs. She then worked at McKinsey & Company and managed Vietnam Holding Asset Management for another 6 years.
She graduated in Political Sciences at the University of Geneva, and holds an MBA from INSEAD. She lives in Zurich, with her family and two children. Jessica is happy to collaborate on projects related to social entrepreneurship, social innovation, and partnerships between the public and private sectors.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Heidi Beck with Kuglin Beck Advisory. C-Suite people focused executive who brings a unique skillset to align multiple stakeholders to challenging, transformative, and often difficult decisions across leading influential organisations (public and private).
Heidi has deep strategy, transformation, and organisational design experience and broad application of general management in both corporate functions and business roles (with P&L responsibility.)
Deeply passionate about creating high performing, diverse, and truly inclusive teams, Heidi is committed to improving leading organisations’ capabilities to embed change and realise their potential through supportive, inclusive, and non hierarchical leadership.
Functional specialties: organisation design, strategy and transformation, commercial negotiations (public and private sector), customer insights/analytics, and performance management
Significant industry expertise (who consults occasionally) in travel, transport (aviation, rail) and logistics industries across Australia and North America (with dual US-Australian citizenship).
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Matthew James with Materia Consultancy Ltd. Matt was an Engagement Manager the McKinsey London office from ’98 to ’02 before joining the Mining & Metal industry in Australia, growing Lynas Corporation from a start-up to a $3 billion market cap ASX 100 company. In 2014 Matt returned to the UK and started Materia Consultancy Limited and worked as a freelance consultant, with a focus on industrial growth strategy projects, programme management and due diligence studies.
In 2017 Matt joined the global Executive Leadership Team of Harsco Corporation to implement the Environmental Services division growth strategy designed by Materia Consultancy. As VP Strategy, Business Development and Innovation, Matt was responsible for divisional strategy, acquisitions, strategic investments, and development of an innovation team.
Matt lives in Guildford, just outside London and has two children just starting high school.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Karin Isberg with Iceberg Consulting. Karin spent a couple of years as Associate Consultant with McKinsey in the Madrid and London Offices. Prior to this she was in International Marketing with Merck Sharp & Dohme.
After McKinsey Karin has pursued a career first in Executive Search and then in various Executive roles in Human Resources in the Pharma, Med Tech and White Goods industries. Since over 10 years she is an independent consultant and primarily focuses on organizational strategy, change, transformation and efficiency.
Karin has lived and worked in the US, Spain, the UK and Italy in addition to her native Sweden and is fluent in several languages. She resides in the Stockholm and greater Milan areas.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Sertac Yeltekin with Zingforce Ventures. Mr. Sertac Yeltekin is the Founder and Managing Director of Zingforce Ventures “Z-Force”, a firm specialized in venture building, advisory and social finance based in Singapore. He is also the Co-founder and General Partner of Purpose Venture Capital, a firm investing in early stage tech companies with scalable impact prospects.
Mr. Yeltekin has 27 years of experience in the financial sector as a senior manager and consultant.
He is the Co-Founder of Etkiyap, the first impact investing platform in Turkey, dedicated to advocacy, training and fund-raising in Turkey and in the surrounding region. He is an investor in early stage companies in Turkey, Europe and Asia; a keynote speaker on asset management, alternative investments and impact investing globally; a contributor to numerous articles, blogs and training programs; and a moderator and commentator on TV and podcasts covering Asian and Global markets.
He has been Chief Operating Officer for Insitor Partners, a Singapore-based Venture Capital firm, active in impact investing to support social entrepreneurship in South and Southeast Asia since 2017.
Prior to Insitor, Mr. Yeltekin was Senior Vice President at Unicredit Banking Group from 2002 to 2017 in Italy with numerous C-suite and Board membership roles in asset management, banking, finance & planning and human capital management divisions. Before joining Unicredit in 2002, Sertac Yeltekin worked as a management consultant in Turkey, Israel and Italy at Bain & Company between 1998 and 2002.
Mr. Yeltekin holds many prestigious institutional roles in business education. He is currently an Executive-in-Residence in IMD Business School, Lausanne and Singapore; a Member of the Advisory Board for Bocconi University. SDA Business School, Milano, Italy; a member of the Advisory Committee of Cottino Social Impact Campus, Torino, Italy; and a Senior Advisor for European Foundation for Management Development, Brussels, Belgium. After attending Robert College in Istanbul, Mr. Yeltekin graduated from Swarthmore College, PA, USA with a B.A. degree in Economics and Political Science. Sertac also holds a graduate degree from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies in International Economic Relations at its European Center, Italy.
Mr. Yeltekin is fluent in Turkish, Italian and English. He has a working knowledge of German and French.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Alun Thomas with Thema. Alun was with McKinsey’s London office from 1991-95. He joined the Firm as an experienced hire, having designed bits of Aero engines and run a battery factory on the edge of the Sahara desert. After consulting and profit responsible leadership in blue-chips, Alun focussed on helping early stage disruptive B2B businesses. Alun has returned to his roots in West Wales and is particularly interested in initiatives that contribute to the decarbonisation agenda and to the Welsh economy generally.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome David Hensley with Hensley Partners. David spent seven years at McKinsey & Company, in London and in the EuroCenter in Brussels. He was a core member of the Organisational Performance Practice. Before McKinsey David worked for Shell in a range of planning and marketing roles in London and Johannesburg. After McKinsey David was the Group Head of Strategy at Carlton Communications (now ITV), and then Executive Director of Credit Suisse’s IT subsidiary. He been a Senior Parter with Towers Perrin, and with leading brand consultancies FutureBrand (then part of McCann) and Lippincott (part of Oliver Wyman).
David has been running his own consulting practice, Hensley Partners, since 2005 working with clients across the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East – and occasionally China, India and America. David is happy to collaborate on projects involving corporate branding, corporate strategy, organisational design and change management.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Jaime Preusche. Jaime is an independent consultant in the process of setting up his practice, leveraging his experience with the public and private sectors in the Americas, with an MBA from the University of Virginia, and over 10 years of experience, including a two-year stint at McKinsey. Jaime has helped start-ups get off the ground, large corporations design strategy turnarounds, and worked with the largest LATAM e-commerce company doing product management with a strategy consultant mindset. He has helped municipal governments become more efficient (in Argentina), and designed public policies that boost economic development leaving no one behind (in the USA). He is passionate about challenging the status quo in both the private and public sectors with a focus on social, environmental, and governance impact.
He is constantly curious and a life-long learner, and speaks multiple languages to varying degrees: English and Spanish natively, intermediate Portuguese, and French and German conversationally; which he continues to refine. Although EU-born, he currently resides in Buenos Aires, Argentina and is happy to collaborate on projects involving strategy development, public policy development and organizational transformations in the Americas and Europe.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Waldemar Maj with Metropolitan Capital Solutions. Waldemar is a Founding Partner of Metropolitan Capital Solutions, a strategic consulting and transaction advisory company, founded in 2009. He has over 20 years of experience in consulting, banking, industry, and government. He worked for McKinsey & Company in Warsaw, Poland. He served as a member of numerous supervisory boards of listed and unlisted companies, including Warsaw Stock Exchange. He spent over 10 years in investment and corporate banking in Switzerland (UBS), USA (IFC/World Bank) and Poland. He was Vice-President/CFO of PKN ORLEN, a Fortune Global 500 company, Vice-President of Bank BGZ/Rabobank Group, and President/CEO of DZ Bank Polska. He also was an Advisor to the Minister of Finance.
He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and Ph.D. in Physics. He completed 7 marathons on 7 continents and an Iron Men Triathlon in Poland.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Nigel Dews with GNG Partners in Growth. Nigel has experience in technology, finance, media, telecommunications, energy, FMCG and venture capital. This experience has spanned executive, board and consulting roles in both public and private companies. Nigel began his career as an Economist at the Reserve Bank of Australia before joining McKinsey & Company and working in Sydney, New York and London offices. Nigel has held leadership roles in many growth companies including as CEO of Fairfax Digital, 3 Mobile, Vodafone Australia, Message Media Group and UK based start up, Hue.
More recently, Nigel was a Partner and Director at Port Jackson Partners, a leading Australian boutique strategy firm founded by ex-McKinsey Partners. Nigel is also an Operating Partner with OneVentures, a leading Australian technology and healthcare venture capital firm with over A$500mil under management. Nigel and his business partner Graham Bougen established GNG Partners in Growth in late 2020 and are happy to collaborate on growth strategy consulting. We are based in Sydney and happy to work across Australia and New Zealand.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Cyrille Alheritiere with Marmenia Consulting. Cyrille is a Freelance Consultant running his own firm based in Geneva. He specialises on advice to SMEs in particular in the preparation of business plans, valuations, due-diligence, sales & operations and fundraising pitch books.
Prior to starting his own activity, Cyrille spent 14 years at UBS in Front and COO management roles, his last role as Head of Wealth Management Latin America Geneva. Here he gained a deep understanding of entrepreneur’s needs and saw the opportunity to work closely advising SME owners. At McKinsey he worked out of the Business Technology Office in Brussels and Amsterdam on strategic banking and technology projects. An engineer with a PhD from University College London, an MSc from Georgia Tech, he has recently completed a degree in Sustainable Finance from the School of Sustainability Management Switzerland.
Husband, father of two and avid skier, he works on short-term or part-time retainer projects with SME owners who need a confidential, senior sparring partner who still greatly enjoys getting deep into an excel spreadsheets & powerpoint analyses to solve problems together. He is fluent in English, French, Italian and has good command of Spanish and Portuguese.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Marco Piacentino with Soir Bleu. A blend of strategy, operations and M&A consulting activities are the characteristics of Soir Bleu srl, the firm that Marco founded in 2012. The aim is to provide clients with an advantage point through a comprehensive, generalist view of their business with a touch of specific industry knowledge.
Before 2012 Marco has been Senior Partner in charge of the ICT and Business Services Practices at Cross Border s.r.l., an M&A Boutique, member of Global M&A an International Network focused on Mid Market Transactions. His industrial professional career includes more than ten years at the Olivetti Group where he managed subsidiaries in Europe, Asia And Latin America. Marco also covered Corporate positions with international breadth, including VP Marketing EMEA at Unisys. International M&A projects, JVs and Corporate Counsel for Italy are the areas where Marco looks forward for collaboration with other professionals.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome David Sundquist with D.M. Qwist Consulting. David is an independent consultant with expertise in leading operations/manufacturing/lean transformations for clients within various industries e.g. Battery Production, Automotive and Assembly, Heavy Duty and Consumer Goods. David’s expertise lies within: Lean Manufacturing, Operations Transformations, Performance management, Project Management, Change management, Capability Building.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Sari Martinez (Poage). Sari is currently an independent consultant focused on the Retail industry. She has more than 15 years experience in the industry, and has deep expertise in driving Merchandising, Strategy, and Growth functions and initiatives at companies like Saks Fifth Avenue, Rhone Apparel, Hanna Andersson, Bliss Spa, Gap, McKinsey & Co, and L Catterton. She has operational experience working in DTC and Wholesale retail, startups, PE backed small and mid sized companies, and large multi-banner corporations.
Sari lives in New York City with her husband and their two year old daughter. She is happy to collaborate on projects involving merchandising, product development, Go To Market, inventory planning, production / supply chain, strategy, growth, business development, personalization, loyalty, credit operations, and pricing / promotions.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Darryl Stickel with Trust Unlimited. Darryl served as a consultant for the Toronto office of McKinsey & Company prior to founding his own company Trust Unlimited. Darryl has spent the last 20 years helping individuals and organizations understand what trust is, how it works, and how to build it. During those 20 years Darryl has worked with a wide range of organizations around the globe on issues of trust. Included in this was work helping the Canadian military in it’s attempts to build trust with the locals in Afghanistan.
Darryl’s expertise on trust stems from his doctoral thesis, building trust in the face of hostility, written while at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. This theoretical knowledge combined with years of practical, applied experience give Darryl a rare perspective on issues related to trust. Teaching in Luxembourg and working with global companies have also allowed Darryl to learn and apply his insights in a remarkable range of settings. Darryl is happy to collaborate and act as a thought partner and coach.
Darryl lives in Victoria BC Canada and has 2 sons that are the centre of his life.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Manfred Gamauf with Gamauf & Co. Manfred spent 5 years as consultant in the procurement, supply chain & and operations practice at McKinsey and has been running his own consulting firm on procurement strategy, supply chain management and operations since 2013. Prior to McKinsey, Manfred spent 5 years as global procurement manager in the system integration and procurement organization with IBM in Europe and the US. After McKinsey, Manfred led global operations excellence organizations and served as Chief Procurement Officer for White & Case LLP in New York, Mondi Group, and KPN (Royal Dutch Telecom) in Europe. Manfred has particular experience in strategic sourcing, negotiations, turnaround, cost reduction, reorganization and digital transformations projects, serves as interim CPO and private equity advisor, and has led procurement organization up to 350 people.
Manfred lives in Vienna, Austria and loves to collaborate on strategic sourcing, supply chain and operations projects and on any form off negotiations.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Guilherme Bcheche. Guilherme has already dedicated more than 12 years to supporting leaders and teams in complex strategic and organizational challenges. Having worked for several years at McKinsey & Company leading projects for large corporations around the world, Guilherme is focused on supporting leaders and their businesses in their transformation journeys. He is a professor at Fundação Dom Cabral Business School, where he teaches leadership and strategy. He is a psychoanalyst, executive coach, specialist in entrepreneurship and innovation from Stanford Graduate School of Business and has his masters degree in Consulting and Coaching for Change from Insead with distinction.
He lives in Sao Paulo and spend the weekends in the countryside close to the nature. Guilherme is happy to collaborate on organizational transformation and leadership development projects worldwide.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Umbrex is pleased to welcome Rudolf Luerzer with GCN Consulting. Rudolf spent three years in the insurance practice at McKinsey and has been running his own consulting firm focused on consulting, training and coaching services for the top management in the (financial) services industry since 1990. Rudolf has lead major strategy and restructuring projects in (re-) insurance and other service industries.
He lives in Vorarlberg, Austria with his wife and enjoys travelling in Asia and the Americas whenever possible. Rudolf is happy to collaborate on projects in the (re-) insurance industry in Europe and in projects in collaboration with NGOs.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Francesca Muller with Francesca Muller Ltd. Francesca started her career as a senior associate at McKinsey, where she worked in the media practice in New York and then London. She has been working as an independent consultant since 2004, leading growth strategy and transformation projects across a range of sectors including healthcare, financial services, environmental, B2B and industrial services.
She has a BA and JD from Harvard University and currently lives in London with her husband and two children.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Mikael Anjou with Förändringstid. Mikael is as an independent advisor helping clients in the construction sector at large to improve and transform their business to high productivity and efficiency. Besides being an advisor and board member, Mikael is also well-known in the sector for his book “The inefficient construction sector – an agenda for renewal” and a speaker / lecturer on topics related to transformation of the construction industry.
Prior to this, Mikael has had a long career as line manager, including being CEO of Einar Mattsson Construction and Einar Mattsson Project Development (Einar Mattsson being Stockholm’s largest privately held residential property owner and a large project developer and construction company in the region). Previously, Mikael has also been a consultant for close to 7 yrs with McKinsey & Co.
Mikael is happy to share experience from the construction sector and to collaborate on projects related to this area.
Umbrex is pleased to welcome Jacqueline McDevitt Gowen with BIZYIST. Jacqueline is currently running her own strategy consulting practice, BIZYIST. Jackie is a former McKinsey & Company Engagement Manager/Associate from the New York Office. She focused on strategic, organizational and financial advisory projects there and was known for ability to turnaround complex and struggling engagements. Prior to McKinsey, Jackie led the corporate finance and investor relations departments at MCG Capital. As an Assistant Vice President and public company officer, she managed a $900M portfolio of middle market investments.
Jackie began her career at Citi as part of the strategic planning team and advanced to a Business Unit Manager in their Banking, Capital Markets & Advisory division. Jackie earned her MBA at Harvard Business School and her BA in International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.