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From retired military leaders to organizational psychologists, from seasoned business executives to bright recent graduates, our team partners with yours to leverage our collective experience and training to make your organization better. Click on the photos below to learn more about our team.
Ash Alexander-Cooper is a Partner in McChrystal Group’s London, England office, where he focuses on expanding the firm’s offerings and developing relationships with European clients. Recognizing that companies today are experiencing parallels to what he and his colleagues faced in combat, Ash helps leaders build the skills necessary to re-think the hierarchical approach to organizational management and leadership.
Ash retired from the British Army after 22 years’ service, having spent 82 months deployed on operations in complex and hostile environments, primarily in Central Asia, the Middle East, the Balkans, and Northern Ireland. During his defense career, Ash worked in a plethora of strategy, policy, diplomatic and liaison roles, specializing in airborne, jungle, aviation, and counter-terrorist operations, and has been part of the Team of Teams journey since its inception in 2003. With a focus on leader development, talent management, and team-building solutions, Ash draws upon lessons learned from managing diverse multi-national military, civilian, government, and other elite teams.
As a Specialist Military Unit Colonel, his experience includes commanding NATO specialist elements charged with mentoring Afghanistan’s 6,000 special police. Additionally, Ash spent several years as a Senior Special Advisor to the Afghan Ministry of Interior, directing command and control of local and coalition units during major terrorist incidents. Among his international honors and awards, Ash was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2015.
Ash holds a Master’s degree from the Australian National University; a Bachelor of Arts (with Honors) from University College, London; a Certificate in Business Administration from Georgetown University; and is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst. In addition to his military credentials, Ash has extensive elite team experience, having represented Great Britain in three different sports at world championship level, and is an international award-winning musician.
Ryan Arzamarski is a Senior Associate on McChrystal Group’s Discovery team, where he conducts statistical modeling on client organizational performance.
Prior to working at McChrystal Group, Ryan was Director of Analytics at ERm Research in New York City, where he conducted custom research in the entertainment industry. Ryan designed and deployed material testing surveys for film, market-sizing survey research for live entertainment and pricing-model research for the museum industry.
At the University of Connecticut, Ryan earned a PhD in Experimental Psychology and a certificate in quantitative data analysis while studying human perception and coordination. As a graduate student, he taught three different courses as Instructor of Record and authored six publications in Tier-1 psychology journals.
Sheena Banks is the Office Assistant at McChrystal Group, where she coordinates the schedules of senior executives and assists with office and event logistics.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Sheena served as the Senior Administrative Coordinator for a healthcare advocacy office in Washington, D.C., where she managed the day to day functions of the office. She also previously served as the Executive Assistant with Serve D.C., working with Former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray’s administration.
Sheena earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from South Carolina State University.
Harold Begg is a Research Associate at McChrystal Group, responsible for researching and contributing to the forthcoming book by McChrystal Group Partners, General Stan McChrystal and Jeff Eggers. The book is focused on the history and future of leadership.
Formerly the Michael von Clemm Fellow at Harvard University, Harry’s academic work bridges political science, legal studies, and the history and philosophy of science. He has coauthored several academic articles, most recently on the geopolitics of international energy markets and a system analysis of conflict in the MENA region. Harry writes for the Washington Examiner and is an associate of the Cambridge, MA-based technology think tank, The Future Society.
Harry holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oxford and Master of Science degree from University College London.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Catherine served as a Peace Corps volunteer, working as a health educator in Moldova. She previously worked as an editorial intern at Condé Nast Publishing.
Catherine graduated from the College of William and Mary with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Public Health. She was selected to present her research at the European Studies Symposium on the cultural identity of Latvian immigrants residing in the United States.
Victor Bilgen is a Principal at McChrystal Group, managing the statistics and analytics practice on the Discovery Team. Victor creates tailored organizational performance analysis for clients, unlocking insights into leadership, communication, strategy, and more.
An expert in research design, Victor previously worked as a Senior Research Analyst at Ipsos ASI, a leading market research firm specializing in brand communications.
Victor received a Bachelor of Science in Communication and Sociology, and received a Master of Science in Marketing Communication, from the University of Connecticut.
Sam Bondurant is an Associate at McChrystal Group, responsible for coordinating internal operations.
Previously, Sam worked with global consumer goods and design and engineering services clients.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Sam served as a route leader for the Bike & Build Northern Route, where he led a 4,000-mile cross-country cycling trip raising money and awareness for affordable housing. He also previously interned at Morris, Manning, and Martin, a firm focused on international law.
Sam graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with highest honors, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English and Economics.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Aly worked as the Program Coordinator of the Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy where she was responsible for directing the university’s interdisciplinary program for students, faculty, and military personnel studying national security and international affairs.
Aly received a B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University with secondary degrees in Philosophy, Politics & Economics and History. She was also designated an Intelligence Community’s Centers for Academic Excellence Scholar through the Triangle Institute for Security Studies and the DIA. During college, she completed internships with the U.S. Department of State and the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles.
Most recently, Jeff led a full Teams of Teams operating model implementation with a leading U.S. snack food company. Prior to that, Jeff led McChrystal Group client engagements with a global aerospace and defense company, a global agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology company, a telecommunications conglomerate, a global food manufacturer, and an athletic apparel, footwear, and digital fitness company.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group in January 2015, Jeff was Vice President of Enterprise Strategy and Execution at ScottsMiracle-Gro, the world’s largest manufacturer of branded consumer lawn and garden products. In this role, Jeff was responsible for working collaboratively with the firm’s Executive Leadership Team and Board of Directors to define and align on enterprise strategy. This responsibility included managing the Six Quarter Planning Process for the Chief Operating Officer to ensure that the strategic initiatives had robust, resilient plans along with appropriate levels of funding and human resource deployment to maximize growth.
Jeff’s career at ScottsMiracle-Gro spanned 13 years and also included Strategy Leadership positions in Business Operations, Marketing, Global Technology & Operations, and Global Supply Chain. Jeff also worked for five years on the firm’s Lowe’s and Home Depot Business Development Teams and won the coveted Sales Leadership Award in 2004. In his first role at the company, Jeff helped to design, develop, and build their supply chain optimization capabilities through a Manugistics-enabled Consumer-Based Replenishment implementation.
Jeff was also previously a Senior Manager at Accenture, focused on business transformation and systems integration within the technology industry, as well as a Manager at Ernst & Young, specializing in supply chain optimization.
Jeff earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and continued his education with post-graduate work in Operations Research at Loyola University in Baltimore and Business Management at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Jeff is APICS Certified in Integrated Resource Management.
Jeff is an avid outdoorsman and resides in both Charlotte, NC and Alexandria, VA.
Ellen Chapin is a Speechwriter at McChrystal Group, supporting the firm’s founder, Stan McChrystal.
Most recently, Ellen served as a contributor to the U.S. Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center. In the summer of 2017, she served as a Rosenthal Fellow at West Point, researching and publishing on Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, and the Islamic State. She previously spent two years at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, where she assisted with white collar, national security, and fraud cases.
Ellen received a Master of Arts from the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Affairs and Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law from the University of Virginia.
Howie Cohen is a Senior Principal at McChrystal Group, where he leads lines of effort on consulting engagements. He most recently oversaw the implementation of a new performance management system within a financial services client.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, he served in account management positions for eight years at SRA International and MorganFranklin Consulting. Managing accounts valued at over $200 million in revenue, Howie’s teams delivered advanced communication and intelligence support to a variety of customers in the Defense, Homeland Security, and Treasury Departments and the Intelligence Community.
Howie served for 27 years in the US Army, and retired at the rank of Colonel. His final position in the military was commanding the White House Communications Agency from 2003-2006, delivering worldwide communications support to the President, Vice President, and White House senior staff in a no-fail environment. He has extensive hands-on experience building unique teams capable of solving complex challenges – from small teams to teams comprised of thousands.
Howie earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Lafayette College, a Master of Science in Public Administration from Central Michigan University, and is currently completing a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Kevin Cole is an Associate at McChrystal Group, where he works primarily with early-stage engagements as a member of the Growth Team and also serves as a coordinator for the company’s summer internship program.
Previously, at McChrystal Group, Kevin worked on multiple advisory services engagements within an industry-leading mining company. There, he focused on the development of a global communications system, worked with mine-site leadership teams on strategy alignment, and drove the implementation of a leading-indicator health and safety initiative.
Kevin received a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Economics and Management with a specialization in Finance from Cornell University, where he was also a member of the varsity hockey team. He interned at McChrystal Group while in school.
Patty has extensive leadership and management experience gained from building diverse coalition, military, and governmental agency teams to meet demanding requirements both in the U.S. and deployed. Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Patty retired from the U.S. Army after 24 years of active duty, having spent over seven years assigned to Special Mission units within the Joint Special Operations Command. She has deployed to the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan. During her service, she led from the tactical company level through the directorate level of the Joint Staff. She has experience in a multitude of areas from information technology, knowledge management, strategic leadership, and organizational change. A pioneer in her field, she was one of a small number of women to serve in Special Operations and was the first woman in the Department of Defense to complete the Military Free Fall Jumpmaster Course.
Upon her retirement from service, Patty was a member of the 2016 US Paralympic Team, representing the U.S. in the sport of Triathlon in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Patty holds a Master’s degree from the National War College and a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University.
Conor Craven is an Advisory Services Analyst at McChrystal Group, and currently advises a multinational healthcare company.
Conor received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government with a specialization in International Security from Hamilton College. While in college, he was a Summer Analyst at McChrystal Group and was a member of the Hamilton varsity men’s lacrosse team.
Rich Daum is a Partner at McChrystal Group, where he leads an engagement in the financial services industry. Rich is an expert on strategy formation and translating strategy into execution in fast-paced environments.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Rich served in the US Army for 29 years and retired at the rank of Colonel. A combat veteran, he commanded attack helicopter and aviation task forces in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Afghanistan. Additionally, Rich worked as an operational and strategic planner, earning extensive experience as a senior staff planner at the national and international level. He was the Chief of Global Force Management on the Joint Staff during the force surges into Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as during humanitarian operations in Haiti and Japan and offensive operations in Libya.
Rich received a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech, a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Master of Science in Strategy from the National Defense University.
Jeff Eggers is Executive Director of the Leadership Institute, where he focuses on organizational performance and leadership.
Jeff was formerly a Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, and worked at the White House from 2010 through early 2015, principally as the National Security Council’s Senior Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan.
He retired from the US Navy in 2013, after serving over 20 years as a combat veteran Navy SEAL. Jeff was Strategic Advisor to General Stanley McChrystal, Special Assistant to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mike Mullen, Branch Chief for Combating Terrorism on the Joint Staff, and White House Fellow and Director for Combating Terrorism at the National Security Council.
Jeff’s operational tours included several SEAL Teams, commander of the Special Operations Task Unit in western Iraq, and Operations Officer and Mission Commander for the U.S. Navy’s undersea special operations command.
Jeff is a senior fellow at New America, conducting research on the intersection of behavioral science and public policy decision-making and a member of the NationSwell Council, a forum for advancing innovative solutions to the most pressing challenges in America. He also serves on the board of a non-profit that cares for and assists the families of veterans killed in action.
Jeff received a Master of Arts from Oxford University and a Bachelor of Science from the United States Naval Academy.
Billy Don Farris is a Partner at McChrystal Group, leading engagements with consumer goods and financial services clients. He recently led a multiyear engagement with a premier global apparel and consumer goods company.
Billy Don retired from the US Army in 2013 as a Brigadier General after more than 30 years on active duty. Much of his career was spent as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division commanding Soldiers at every level from company through brigade.
Billy Don actively participated in complex decision-making processes at the most senior levels of the Department of Defense while serving in key staff assignments for the Chief of Staff of the Army, the Secretary of the Army, the Under-Secretary of Defense (Policy), and as the senior operational planner in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He has over four years of combat leadership experience following multiple operational tours in Panama, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Most notably, in 2007, Billy Don commanded the lead brigade task force deployed in support of the historic surge in Iraq.
Billy Don received a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Master of Science from the United States Army Command & General Staff College. He also served as a National Security Studies Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Ryan Flynn is a Principal at McChrystal Group, leading engagements with clients in financial services and professional services firms. He specializes in improving organizational communication in globally distributed companies.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Ryan worked for Alvarez & Marsal, providing financial and operational management consulting services to state and local governments. Previously, he worked in Cairo, Egypt in the energy sector.
Ryan received a Bachelor of Arts, with Honors, in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic from Trinity College.
Mike French is a Partner at McChrystal Group, advising executives in manufacturing and consumer goods on strategy, leadership, and change management.
Mike joined McChrystal Group in 2017 after twenty years of successful management and leadership experience in the consumer goods, insurance, and consulting industries. Most recently, Mike was a Senior Vice President / General Manager of multiple businesses at The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, a market leading consumer goods company. At The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, he was directly accountable for all aspects of an $800 million division. Previously, he served in roles in both product marketing and claims at Progressive Insurance, and as a Consulting Manager at Ernst & Young. Prior to entering the private sector, Mike served in the United States Army for five years, where he deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Mike received a Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and a Master of Business Administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.
Anders Fridén is a Senior Associate at McChrystal Group based in the firm’s London, England office, currently advising a multinational mining company on organizational change.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Anders completed a number of assignments in the Swedish foreign service and military. As a diplomat, he served with the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs at the embassies in Iran, Colombia, and Afghanistan. In 2011, he helped establish the British Interests Office at the Embassy of Sweden in Tehran, following the expulsion of the United Kingdom’s embassy.
Between 2009-2010, Anders served with the Royal Swedish Armed Forces as a military intelligence analyst and interpreter, completing multiple deployments to Afghanistan.
Anders received a Master of Arts in International Affairs from Yale University, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.
Chris Fussell serves as the President of McChrystal Group and is an author of the 2015 New York Times bestseller, Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World as well as 2017 Wall Street Journal bestseller, One Mission: How Leaders Build a Team of Teams.
Chris was commissioned as a Naval Officer in 1997, and spent the next 15 years on US Navy SEAL Teams, leading SEAL elements in combat zones around the globe. From war-torn Kosovo, to counter-terrorism operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, to highly specialized efforts in the troubled areas of the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa, he experienced and led through the modern evolution of the US military’s Special Operations community, first on SEAL Teams Two and Eight, then in the Naval Special Warfare Development Group.
Chris was selected to serve as Aide-de-Camp to then-Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal during General McChrystal’s final year commanding the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), where they served for a year together in Iraq. He witnessed first-hand the Special Operations community’s transformation into a successful, agile network. In 2012, Chris left the Naval Special Warfare Development Group in order to join McChrystal Group.
Chris is also a Senior Fellow for National Security at New America, a Washington, DC-based non-partisan think tank dedicated to understanding the next generation of challenges facing the United States. Chris is actively involved in several non-profits dedicated to helping veterans and their families, and holds a seat on the Board of Directors for the Navy SEAL Foundation. He is also a lifetime member to the Council on Foreign Relations.
Chris earned a Master of Arts in Irregular Warfare from the Naval Postgraduate School, receiving the Pat Tillman Award for highest peer-rated Special Operations Officer in the program. His thesis work focused on the interagency collaboration and intelligence sharing processes that drove effective, cross-silo collaboration during the peak of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
David Gillian is a Partner at McChrystal Group where he oversees some of the firm’s most established projects. Since joining McChrystal Group in early 2013, David has led global client engagements across diverse fields including technology, financial services, engineering and construction, energy, mining and healthcare. As a senior member of the team, David has previously served as the company’s Chief Growth Officer and currently runs McChrystal Group’s European Office.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, David was a senior officer in the Australian Army, retiring at the rank of Brigadier and as the Australian Army’s most senior intelligence professional. He served as the Deputy Chief of Intelligence in Afghanistan, during the command of General Stan McChrystal. Following that assignment, he served at the Pentagon as the Personal Liaison Officer for the Chief of the Australian Defence Force to the United States Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
A decorated combat veteran, David led troops in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, East Timor, and Papua New Guinea. Throughout his career, David has specialized in establishing and leading new types of intelligence organizations, with a focus on identifying and applying the skills and experience of specialist organizations and individuals. He has also focused on building multi-agency, cross-functional teams designed to achieve operational success in highly fluid and evolving environments.
David graduated from the Royal Military College of Australia in December 1984. He also completed graduate education at the Australian Army Command and Staff College and the Australian Defence College. He received a Master of Arts in International Relations, a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies, a Bachelor of Arts (with Honors) in History, and a Graduate Diploma of Management Studies. David is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Among a range of honors and awards, David was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2009 and received a Commendation for Distinguished Service for his service during the invasion of Iraq. He is also the recipient of the US Meritorious Service Medal and the US Defense Intelligence Award for his service to the international intelligence community.
Charles Goodyear is a Research Analyst at McChrystal Group, responsible for developing theory and case studies for the firm’s product offerings. He also researched and contributed to the recently released Wall Street Journal bestselling book authored by Partner Chris Fussell, One Mission: How Leaders Build a Team of Teams.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group in 2016, Charles taught english in China and worked in the research division for Kynikos Associates.
Charles received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Affairs from Yale University.
Michael Goshgarian is a Partner at McChrystal Group, where he works on an engagement with a client in the financial services industry. Mike has deep experience in leadership, team building, planning, crisis and deliberate decision-making, and execution. He has driven organizational transformation and achieved results in every organization in which he has served.
Recently transitioned from the Naval Special Warfare community, Mike has 26 years of experience leading SEAL and other special operations units. His diverse military career has included counterterrorism, undersea operations, contingency operations in Bosnia, combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, counter-insurgency and stability operations in Africa, and the development of technical surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities that enable the worldwide special operations network.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Mike commanded a 950-member Navy major command with global responsibilities. He developed and deployed cutting-edge military technology and capabilities in the areas of cyber operations, unmanned aviation systems, human and signals intelligence, and advanced analytics to enable special operations forces.
Mike earned a Bachelor of Science and graduated with distinction from the US Naval Academy in 1989. He earned a Master of Science degree in Defense Analysis from the Naval Postgraduate School, and is also a graduate of the Naval War College.
Rediet “Redu” Haile is a Lead Staff Accountant at McChrystal Group.
Prior to joining the firm, Redu worked as an auditor for three years at a large public accounting
firm. Redu is a Certified Public Accountant and earned a dual Bachelor’s degree from George
Mason University in Accounting and Information Systems & Operation Management.
Previously, Rachael held internships at McChrystal Group, King & Spalding, Washington Peace Center, and local law firms.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Health Policies and Economies with minors in Corporate Strategy and French from Vanderbilt University. While in college, she served in committees for Dance Marathon and Women in Business. She was also the President of the Vanderbilt chapter of The ONE Campaign, an international campaigning and advocacy organization taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, where she served as a youth ambassador for the United States at the ONE G7 Summit in Munich, Germany and a guest speaker for an event at the World Bank Group in Washington, D.C.
Cleo Haynal is a Principal at McChrystal Group, with experience managing lines of effort for clients in consumer goods, financial services, mining, and software. Most recently, Cleo has been advising one of the largest snack companies in the United States.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group in 2013, Cleo worked in marketing and public relations for enterprise software companies in Silicon Valley. Following graduate school, she conducted research on terrorism and radicalization for a think tank in Singapore.
Cleo received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and received a Master of Arts in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.
Jim Huggins is a Partner at McChrystal Group, where he oversees client engagements in the financial services, telecommunications, and medical services sectors. Jim partners with and advises senior executives in order to optimize strategy execution and succeed in challenging, dynamic environments.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Jim served in the US military for 35 years, retiring as a Lieutenant General. In his final position, Jim served as the Director of Operations for the United States Army and as the principal advisor to the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff of the Army on joint matters, National Security Council matters, and the politico-military aspects of international affairs. In this role, he directed the resourcing, restructuring, and execution for 1.1 million soldiers, 330,000 civilians, and a $170 billion budget. Prior to this role, he served as the commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division from 2010 to 2012.
From leading small teams through leading some of the largest organizations in the Army, Jim gained extensive hands-on experience in every facet of leading operations, from strategy development to workforce management to solving complex operational challenges. He is a sought-after speaker, giving speeches on leadership to organizations around the country. Throughout his military career, Jim deployed on 7 combat tours and 3 operational deployments around the world.
Jim received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia and a Master of Science from Central Michigan University.
Lenore Karafa is a Partner at McChrystal Group, overseeing clients in both the healthcare and financial services sectors. Lenore’s experience includes engagements in a regional healthcare system, globally dispersed quantitative hedge fund, post-merger assessment at a technology manufacturer, and in private equity where she advised investment and operating professionals on improving performance and leadership in portfolio companies.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Lenore worked in financial services at both one of the world’s largest banks and at a small, highly dynamic organization. She spent three years at Bank of America in their Debt Capital Markets Group; she also had a brief stint at a successful venture-backed startup. During her time at Bank of America, Lenore was the recipient of the Bank of America Global Diversity and Inclusion Award.
Lenore graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland in 2000. She was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, serving on active duty for seven years in various positions, including as a Warfighting Instructor at The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia, and as a team leader in Iraq. In addition to these leadership posts, Lenore has been honored with the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.
After leaving the Marine Corps in 2007, Lenore received her Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Olga Karnas is an Analyst at McChrystal Group based in the firm’s London, England office.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Olga worked at a legal services start-up in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and a consulting firm in Warsaw, Poland.
Olga received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Economics from Yale University. During college, she completed internships with a non-profit organisation in China and a venture capital fund in Jordan. She is a graduate of the Mahindra United World College in India.
Remick Kawawaki is an Analyst at McChrystal Group, currently working with a large electrical and electronic production company. Previously he has had experience with a multinational hard asset company and a privately-owned global manufacturer.
Remick graduated from Yale University and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, focusing on the evolution of bipedalism. While at Yale, he worked as a campus tour guide and held an internship with McChrystal Group.
Will Kirkland is a Principal at McChrystal Group, where he is the business analyst on the Discovery Team. He provides business and financial analysis during the organizational performance assessment process. He previously served on consulting engagements with global investment banks.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Will interned for the United States Department of State. He received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Yale University.
Jeff Kotz is a Principal at McChrystal Group, focusing on innovation and new product development within the Discovery Team.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Jeff worked as a Professor at Providence College School of Business, where he taught Statistics and Marketing Research for six years. In 2017, Jeff was awarded the Green Family Award for Teaching Excellence, and in 2016, won the Providence College School of Business Teaching Innovation Award. He was the advisor for over 500 undergraduate students during his professorship.
Jeff received a Master of Arts in Communication Science from the University of Connecticut, and Bachelor of Science in both Mathematics and Communications from Juniata College.
Rachael Lammers is a Principal at McChrystal Group and the Chief of Staff for the Leadership Institute. She is responsible for shaping and executing strategy of the rapidly growing McChrystal Group Leadership Institute, which equips leaders to drive adaptability in their organizations.
Rachael is a former civil servant who joined federal service in 2007 as a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (ITA). During her tenure at ITA, she served the Deputy Under Secretary for International Trade and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services Industries before joining the U.S. Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. In Afghanistan, she dedicated her efforts to creating a business enabling environment through trade and commercial policy reform, trade promotion, and private sector development.
In 2013, Rachael joined the Department of Defense Task Force for Business and Stability Operations (TFBSO), where she continued her work in Afghanistan leading the Strategic Investment Team, which focused on cultivating viable investment opportunities across Afghanistan and attracting international private sector investors.
With the wind down of TBFSO, Rachael shifted to the commercial sector of contingency operations as Director of Foreign Military Sales and Defense with Aegis Defence Services, Ltd, a leading security and risk management company. Rachel worked with Aegis’ commercial defense clients to achieve mission success in complex markets by leveraging a suite of integrated security solutions that are designed specific to the client, activity and environment.
Before joining McChrystal Group, Rachael developed a consultancy business delivering advisory, business development and growth strategy services to multiple small and medium sized enterprises and industry associations.
Rachael received her Master of Science degree from the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Georgia State University.
Brendan has deep experience in leadership, team building, planning, crisis and deliberate decision-making, and operational execution. He has driven organizational transformation and achieved results in every organization in which he has served. Recently transitioned from the Naval Special Warfare community, Brendan has 21 years of experience leading SEALs and other special operations units. His diverse military career has included counterterrorism, undersea operations, contingency operations in Liberia, combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and counter-insurgency and stability operations in Africa.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Brendan was the Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff of an 1,800-member Navy major command with regional responsibilities in Europe, Africa, and South America. He has led, mentored and improved high-performing teams to execute sensitive missions, build strategic relationships, and develop effective technical solutions in complex, dynamic, and high-risk environments.
Brendan earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Springfield College and a Master of Science degree in Military Strategic Studies from the Marine Corps University.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Matt interned with Johnson Development Associates, where he analyzed solar system implementation feasibility across a portfolio of commercial real estate assets. He previously served as an Instructor and Course Writer at the U.S. Army’s Aviation Center of Excellence, where he taught aviation tactics and leadership. He also served as a UH-60 “Blackhawk” Platoon Leader in Afghanistan and a battalion intelligence officer.
Matt is a Distinguished Military Graduate of Clemson University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. He is currently working on his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Rose Lichtenfels is an Associate at McChrystal Group, currently advising a global health care technology company.
Rose joined McChrystal Group in 2017 after three years at POLITICO, a media and political journalism company. Rose managed a business development team, launched a new market segment, and helped found the company’s first innovation incubator. Prior to that, Rose worked in digital marketing and analytics at Bully Pulpit Interactive.
Rose attended Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Urban Studies. She rowed for the varsity women’s Rowing team, and was twice elected the team captain.
Sebastian Little is an Analyst at McChrystal Group, currently advising one of the largest snack companies in the United States. Previously, he worked with a global consumer goods client on strategic alignment and decision-making.
Sebastian received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Yale University. He has previously held internships with McChrystal Group and the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Additionally, Sebastian served as an ESPN Guest Reporter in 2014 and has been active in the community, forming a student-athlete led mentorship program for a local middle school.
David Livingston is a Principal on the Research and Development team at McChrystal Group, conducting original research, implementing tailored offerings with clients, and developing content for leader development events.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, David worked at the Corporate Executive Board as a Senior Learning Designer, responsible for developing classroom and e-learning programs on best practices of leadership. He also held positions as a Learning and Organizational Development Consultant and a Project Manager at a global engineering firm, charged with leading an accelerated development program targeting high-potential managers.
David earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Messiah College, Master of Arts degree in Practical Theology from Regent University, and a Doctorate of Education in Human and Organizational Learning from the George Washington University. His doctoral research focused on team adaptation in uncertain environments.
Caroline Logan is an Associate at the McChrystal Group, where she works on a consulting engagement with a client in the financial services industry.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Caroline worked as a talent acquisition specialist. She also previously served as a staff writer at BORGEN Magazine and worked at a non-profit specializing in helping abused and neglected children.
Caroline graduated with merit from the London School of Economics with a Master’s of Science in International Relations. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English Literature from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.
Tim Lynch is a Principal at McChrystal Group, where he advises the leadership team of one of the world’s largest agriculture companies.
Previously, he advised a global electronics company, acting as a Chief of Staff and running the strategic alignment and operating rhythm in two business units within the company. He previously consulted for a market-leading apparel and consumer goods client, where he improved supply chain and manufacturing operations.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Tim spent 12 years in the United States Marine Corps. Shortly after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Tim left college to join the Marines, becoming an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician. He deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan multiple times, leading EOD teams in fast-paced and chaotic environments.
Subsequently, he specialized in training and advising foreign security forces in EOD techniques. He spent significant time in South and Central America, and Africa, working to improve leadership and build teams in this challenging field.
Tim returned to the University of Alabama to study Leadership.
Tom Maffey is the Chief Operating Officer of McChrystal Group, overseeing all internal operations of the firm. He previously led multiple major consulting engagements, working with consumer goods, financial services, and software clients to improve strategy execution and organizational communication.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Tom spent over four years as President of the Latin America Region for Brinks Inc., an armored car and secure logistics company. He was responsible for all business functions in 10 Latin American countries, with over 35,000 employees in more than 300 locations. He also led the post acquisition integration of the world’s largest independent armored car company into Brinks.
In 2008 Tom retired from the US Army at the rank of Brigadier General after a successful 30 year career in some of the military’s highest performing organizations, including the 75th Ranger Regiment and the Joint Special Operations Command. His final position in the Army was Director of Army Training and Leader Development. During his military career, Tom deployed to operations in Grenada, Panama, Iraq, and Afghanistan. A graduate of the Army’s elite leadership schools, Tom honed his leadership and team-building skills in the toughest environments.
Tom is a graduate of St. Peter’s College and the US Army War College.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Jay was a Senior Advisor and Director of Public Private Partnerships for the New York City Department of Veterans’ Services, Chief Operating Officer at Service Year Alliance, Director of The Franklin Project at the Aspen Institute, and Research Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Jay served in the United States Marine Corps from 2006 to 2010. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Boston College and a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from Yale University’s Jackson Insitute for Global Affairs.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Jeff spent 27 years in the United States Army, retiring at the rank of Colonel, after a career in both conventional and special operations units, including the 75th Ranger Regiment and the Joint Special Operations Command. As an accomplished combat commander, he fought in the Gulf War and during multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Jeff’s most notable achievement was as part of the Afghanistan surge strategy in 2010-2011, when he commanded a Brigade Task Force of over 4,000 US soldiers while coordinating the efforts of special operations, US interagency organizations, Afghan Government, and Afghan Security Forces to defeat the insurgency in Kandahar City, Afghanistan.
Jeff has a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, a master’s degree in Human Resources, Training and Development from Webster University, and a Certificate in Leading Change and Organizational Renewal from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point where he received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.
Stacey McChrystal is a Principal at McChrystal Group, leading Human Resources for the firm. Previously, Stacey was responsible for coordination of all internal operations at the company.
Stacey received a Bachelor of Arts in English, magna cum laude, from Appalachian State University.
Stan McChrystal founded McChrystal Group in January 2011 to deliver innovative leadership solutions to American businesses in order to help them transform and succeed in challenging, dynamic environments. As Founder and a Partner, he advises senior executives at multinational corporations on navigating complex change and building stronger teams.
A retired four-star general, Stan is the former commander of US and International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) Afghanistan and the former commander of the nation’s premier military counter-terrorism force, Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). He is best known for developing and implementing a comprehensive counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan, and for creating a cohesive counter-terrorism organization that revolutionized the interagency operating culture.
Throughout his military career, Stan commanded a number of elite organizations, including the 75th Ranger Regiment. After 9/11 until his retirement in 2010, he spent more than 6 years deployed to combat in a variety of leadership positions. In June 2009, the President of the United States and the Secretary General of NATO appointed him to be the Commander of US Forces Afghanistan and NATO ISAF. His command included more than 150,000 troops from 45 allied countries. On August 1, 2010 he retired from the US Army.
Stan is a senior fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, where he teaches a course on Leadership. He also sits on the boards of Navistar International Corporation, Siemens Government Technology, and JetBlue Airways. He is a sought-after speaker, giving speeches on leadership to organizations around the country. In 2013, Stan published his memoir, My Share of the Task, which was a New York Times bestseller; and is an author of Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World, which was a New York Times bestseller in 2015.
A passionate advocate for national service and veterans’ issues, Stan is the Chair of the Board of Service Year Alliance. In this capacity, he advocates for a future in which a year of full-time service — a service year — is a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans.
Stan is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and the Naval War College. He also completed year-long fellowships at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Shannon McCombie is a Principal and Training and Engagement Specialist in the McChrystal Group Leadership Institute, where she focuses on leveraging her government, military, and corporate leadership experience to forge leaders and build the teams of tomorrow.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Shannon worked in both the public and private sector. She lived and worked internationally for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and for Naval Special Warfare Development Group (DevGru) with the majority of her career spent in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. Shannon combined that experience with time spent building and managing teams within a Fortune 50 company focused on media, telecom, and healthcare.
Shannon received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Politics with minors in French and International Studies from Pennsylvania State University. She is currently working on completing her master’s degree in Psychology of Leadership from the same university.
Eleanor McDonald is an Associate at McChrystal Group based in the firm’s London, England office.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Eleanor was a Company Director and founding member of TurnKey LLC, a consultancy specializing in supporting the US Government and commercial clients operating in complex environments. As head of Commercial and Business Development, Eleanor was responsible for all revenue generation for the company, securing numerous multi-million dollar contracts.
Previously, Eleanor worked for Aegis Defence Services Limited, a world leader in risk management and support services.
Eleanor received a Master of Arts in War Studies from King’s College London, and a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Eleanor is also a published author, regularly contributing articles for a number of publications, including Politico and The Huffington Post.
Jay joined McChrystal Group following his graduation from the University of St. Andrews, where he received a Master of Arts (with Honors) in International Relations. While attending the University of St. Andrews, he worked at Sterne Agee for two summers in asset management.
Spencer earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Yale University. He has previously held internships at McChrystal Group and Elavon Inc.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Rachel held internships with a law firm and worked for a member of the European Parliament.
Rachel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business with minors in German and Politics from The Catholic University of America.
Shawn Murray is the Chief Financial Officer at McChrystal Group, where he leads financial operations of the company, including financial planning, analysis, controller, and accounting functions.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Shawn served for 28 years in the public sector and 2 years in the private sector. Most recently, Shawn reentered the public sector serving as the Finance and Admin Section Chief for one of FEMA’s National Incident Management and Assistance Teams where he deployed in support of Presidentially-declared priority missions and natural disasters, including the Center for Disease Control’s Ebola Response Mission, the flooding disaster in Texas, and wildfires disaster in California.
Shawn spent almost two years with Alcoa, Inc as the Senior Manager of Financial and Strategic Analysis for the Global Rolled Products group business unit, leading several successful cost saving initiatives.
Shawn retired from the US. Army in 2012 after serving as an Aviator and Financial Comptroller for 26 years. For the first 13 years of his Army career, Shawn served in a variety of aviation command and staff positions in four Army divisions, including the 82nd Airborne Division and 101st Airborne Division. He spent the final 13 years in the Army as a Comptroller where he served as the command comptroller, Director of Resources and Chief Financial Officer for several major commands, including the Joint Special Operations Command, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command and U.S. Forces – Afghanistan.
Shawn graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the US Military Academy. He earned a Master’s of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the US Navy War College, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Syracuse University.
Jason Najjoum is a Senior Associate at McChrystal Group, advising a global energy company on leadership and change management.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Jason spent ten years in the arts & culture space, primarily working in theater production and management. He served as Managing Editor at the Yale Theater Management Knowledge Base, and functioned as a producer, general manager, casting director, and performer in theater and television. In 2011, Jason assisted Producer Ken Davenport in the first-ever crowd-funded Broadway show, Godspell.
Jason earned a Master of Business Administration from the Yale School of Management, and interned as a Senior Management Associate for Bridgewater Associates during his summer. He also earned a Master of Fine Arts in Theater Management from the Yale School of Drama. Jason received a Bachelor of Arts in Music and History from Emory University.
Emie serves as a Staff Accountant at McChrystal Group, where she prepares financial results, handles account reconciliations, and maintains financial management tools.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Emie served as the Accountant for the Menkiti Group, a real estate and property development company. She was the company’s first accountant, and oversaw the doubling of the company’s budget and personnel, the building out of an accounting and finance team, and the streamlining and implementation of many accounting processes and procedures. Previously, Emie worked at architectural and structural engineering companies, in addition to spending five years at a nonprofit organization to stimulate community development and empower women in Africa.
Emie earned both Bachelor and Masters degrees in Accounting from Strayer University.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Jack was a Sales and Business Development Team Lead at a data analytics startup. He also held positions at Oracle Corporation as a Cloud Account Manager for New York City and as a Business Development Consultant.
Jack received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in American Studies from Georgetown University.
Cricket Oles is a Senior Associate at McChrystal Group. She has worked with clients in a number of industries, including financial services, telecommunications, and healthcare. She focuses on building effective communication channels across cross-functional and matrixed teams.
Cricket was previously a program manager in the Leadership Institute, responsible for designing and implementing leadership development programs for a variety of clients.
Cricket received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Relations from the University of Southern California. While in school, she interned for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva, Switzerland, and completed field research in Cuba.
Gerry Osborne is a Principal based in McChrystal Group’s London, England office. He is also the firm’s specialist advisor on Strategic Communications.
Prior to joining the McChrystal Group, Gerry led government and defence business development in the World’s largest independent Communications network, M&C Saatchi, and ran his own consultancy firm providing Strategic Communications research and advice to NATO. He has led the delivery of government and security behavioural change programmes in the Baltic States, South Caucuses and Middle East and published his own approach to placing communications at the heart of strategy for the Georgian Government in 2016.
Previously Gerry served in the British Army as an information operations specialist within the UK Ministry of Defence, commanding officer, special forces helicopter pilot, defence attaché and senior instructor at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. His service record stretches across Europe, Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Canada and Australia.
Gerry holds a Master of Arts in Military Studies from Cranfield University and a Bachelor of Science in Management Studies from the University of Wales. He is an alumnus of the Windsor Leadership Trust.
Ed Reinfurt is a Partner at McChrystal Group, overseeing multiple engagements with global financial services organizations. In this role, Ed advises senior executives on internal communication, strategic alignment, and decision-making processes.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Ed spent 32 years in the United States Army, retiring at the rank of Colonel after a career in both conventional and special operations units. A combat veteran of Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations, Ed has commanded diverse, global organizations that harnessed the capabilities of many US agencies to achieve strategic goals. Renowned for his ability to build relationships and trust across organizational cultures, Ed repeatedly was picked to lead teams that combined people from many organizations and backgrounds to solve novel challenges. His final military position was as the Deputy Director for Military Operations at the Central Intelligence Agency’s Counterterrorism Center, reflecting his ability to thrive in complex environments.
Ed completed a post-graduate fellowship at the Central Intelligence Agency, received a Master of Arts from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Science from Norwich University.
Leah Rivera is the Events Manager at McChrystal Group, where she designs and directs all Executive Leadership Courses and Leadership Institute events.
Leah joined McChrystal Group after a seven-year career in the hospitality and event management industry. Most recently the Director of Group Sales for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, she cultivated and maintained accounts with an array of clients ranging from professional sports teams to local associations. Prior to this role, Leah was the Meeting and Events Manager at the W New York Union Square Hotel, planning a wide range of hotel events ranging from press tours and product launches to social galas. Through this role, Leah worked closely with VIP clients to deliver world-class events.
Leah received her Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communication from Duquesne University.
Taylor Russell is a Principal at McChrystal Group, currently advising one of the largest gold mining companies in the world.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Taylor was an internationally-focused independent consultant with over a decade of experience, recognized for forging long-standing client partnerships, developing and executing new business opportunities for organizations looking to expand globally. She was also the founder and Chief Operating Officer of Tkaro Inc., a company focused on providing glass and stainless steel options as an alternative to plastic water bottles. The organization bottle product was awarded a Red Dot for product design, the most prestigious industrial design accolade.
Taylor earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from McGill University and her Masters of Business Administration degree from INSEAD.
Kosh Sadat is a Principal at McChrystal Group, where he advises a financial services client on organizational adaptability and leadership.
Kosh has extensive leadership and management experience gained from working with diverse multinational military and government in Afghanistan. Kosh served for 13 years in the Afghan Special Operations Force, finishing as a Lieutenant Colonel. He commanded some of the country’s elite counter-terrorism units, building the organization’s capacity to respond to growing high-profile terrorist incidents. His final position was Advisor to the Director General of the National Directorate of Security focusing on integrating Intelligence and Strike Forces. He also spent a year and half as the Afghan Aide de Camp to the Commander of International Security Assistance Forces Afghanistan (ISAF), serving under General (Ret.) Stanley McChrystal during his tenure as Commander.
Kosh has completed leadership training at some of the world’s elite military schools. He is an honor graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, United Kingdom, and holds a master’s degree from the United States Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He also graduated from US Army Ranger school. He has received a number of honors and awards, to include the Overseas Sword of Honor from Sandhurst and the Meritorious Service Medal from the US Army.
Barry Sanders is a Partner at McChrystal Group, where he provides oversight for all client engagements to maintain consistent high quality in service delivery. Barry joined the firm in 2015 after nearly three decades of successful executive and general management experience in market-leading multinational corporations.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Barry was the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, where he was responsible for the company’s worldwide portfolio of consumer brands, products, and services. There, he was accountable for profit and loss and all operating metrics of the company as well as leadership of all aspects of the global consumer business including marketing, sales, supply chain, and research & development.
Prior to joining the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, Barry held senior roles at Cap Gemini (Ernst & Young), Electrolux (The Frigidaire Company), and The Excello Specialty Company. Barry’s areas of expertise include company strategy development and organizational alignment to achieve objectives, increasing shareholder value through strategic planning and implementation, and building and leading high-performance global organizations. He is adept at solving complex business problems and developing business models to improve growth rates and reduce cost structures at companies.
Barry received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Dayton and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University.
Todd retired from the United States Marine Corps after extensive service as an Infantry Officer, Operational & Strategic Planner, and International Military Advisor. He deployed to diverse and complex environments including Asian-Pacific jungles, Iraqi deserts, and ship-based operations off the coast of Libya. These deployments put him in the middle of some of the most important operations in the past decade and highlighted his ability to connect, influence, and adapt. His staff tours were as diverse ranging from deep analytic work on the reutilization and replacement of war-worn equipment to cutting edge combat concepts and tactics exploration.
Previously, Todd was the Senior Manager of Leadership Development at Hagerty Insurance and also led his own private consulting and coaching practice, focused on capacity building and leadership development for small businesses and non-profits.
Todd holds a Master of Science in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School, a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the United Stated Naval Academy, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Organizational Development & Leadership from Saint Joseph’s University. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Georgetown University Leadership Coaching program and a Professional Certified Coach (PCC).
Dixe is currently working on obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Affairs and Poltical Science from Yale University. Previously, she was an Office of Presidential Correspondence Volunteer for the White House and a Collegiate Correspondant for USA Today.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Maryam worked as an instructional developer for profit and non-profit organizations, where she researched and developed instructional materials, designed custom learning solutions, and evaluated technology-based instruction to address customers’ needs. She also served as an Associate Faculty, an Instructor, and a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Texas at Austin, and Brown University, respectively, where she taught a diverse array of courses and created engaging and interactive content to ensure successful instructional outcomes.
Maryam has a background in English and received a Master of Arts and a Doctorate degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Texas at Austin.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Sam held professional roles in venture capital, investment banking, government, and management consulting with organizations that include Morgan Stanley, the State of Israel, and Oliver Wyman. He has partnered with and advised senior leaders in technology, retail, transportation, and utilities.
Sam earned a Master of Business Administration from the Yale School of Management and Bachelor of Arts in Government from Harvard University.
Maddie Silverman is an Associate at McChrystal Group, currently supporting a financial services client. She previously worked on client service engagements in technology and manufacturing sectors.
Maddie joined McChrystal Group following her graduation from Harvard University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Government.
While at Harvard, Maddie completed internships at McChrystal Group and Wolverine Worldwide, a leading branded apparel company.
Michelle Smith is an Associate at McChrystal Group specializing in effective communication systems. Michelle is currently supporting one of the largest snack companies in the United States. Previously, she advised clients in the healthcare sector and an industry-leading mining company.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Michelle worked for multiple non-profit organizations, including living in Ghana where she worked in technology education and marketing.
Michelle received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the College of Charleston, where she was a student in the Honors College. Her thesis focused on the impact of Corporate Social Responsibility.
Rhys Smith is a Principal at McChrystal Group, based in the firm’s London, England office. Rhys joined McChrystal Group in 2018 and is currently advising an international healthcare technology company.
Between 2016 and 2018, Rhys worked for Emirates Group. He ran the largest private manpower mobilization program in the Middle East, with over 25,000 people deployed each year. He subsequently led the Transportation Division, moving over 30,000 employees every day.
From 2011-2016, Rhys ran a portfolio of security operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, serving the US Government, international oil and gas companies and protecting critical national infrastructure.
Prior to this Rhys spent over five years in the British Army, departing at the rank of captain. As a troop leader in the Brigade Reconnaissance Force, he conducted combat tours of both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Rhys was a scholarship awardee at London Business School, where he received a Master of Business Administration. He commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst at the top of his class, and received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Bristol. Outside of work, Rhys is an accomplished international camel polo player.
Will Smith is a Principal at McChrystal Group and the Director of Growth. In this role, he establishes new client engagements and partnerships on behalf of the firm.
Will joined McChrystal Group in 2011 and was the engagement manager for the firm’s first client, a multinational consumer goods company, from 2011 to 2013. Since 2013, he has managed and contributed to engagements with clients in investment banking, software, mining, and national security. In 2017, he moved to an internal role working on firm-wide growth strategy and execution.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Will worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he advised healthcare and national security clients. Will is an officer in the Army National Guard and served in Qatar where he trained foreign military officers in leadership and planning.
He received a Bachelor of Arts in Government, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Spencer Sullivan is a Principal at McChrystal Group, where he has worked with clients in multiple industries such as mining, financial services, and fast food.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Spencer worked for McKesson Corporation in inventory and transportation management, where he managed hundreds of millions of dollars worth of inventory in one of the country’s largest pharmaceutical distribution centers.
Spencer served in the U.S. Army for four years as a Cavalry Officer, including a year-long combat deployment to Afghanistan. While in college, he served as an enlisted infantryman in the Virginia Army National Guard.
Spencer earned a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the College of William and Mary.
Tim Swenson is a Principal at McChrystal Group, working with financial services and pharmaceutical clients. Tim has managed engagements in a number of industries, ranging from software to consumer goods, with a focus on aligning organizational strategy in times of change.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Tim taught for two years with Teach for America in Dallas, Texas and served on his school’s leadership team. He also commands an UH-60 Assault Helicopter Company in the United States Army National Guard. Tim was the peer-elected class leader, and the Distinguished Honor Graduate, in his class at the US Army Aviation Center of Excellence.
Tim received a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Georgetown University.
Lina Than is a Graphic Designer at McChrystal Group, where she works to develop and maintain graphic design and marketing standards across the firm’s offerings.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Lina worked as a Graphic Artist for a global manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies, responsible for maintaining graphic of the company and leading the rebranding process for all their products and marketing materials.
Lina graduated from York College of Pennsylvania and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design with a minor in Fine Arts.
Nicholas Thanh is a Junior Accountant at McChrystal Group.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Nicholas worked as a sales and tax analyst at a hotel and resorts chain.
Nicholas received his Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Finance from Virginia Commonwealth University.
John Uberti is a Principal at McChrystal Group. He has extensive strategic leadership, management, planning, and operations experience and has successfully led change in a number of large organizations.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, John served in the United States Army for 34 years, retiring at the rank of Major General. His diverse Army career included experiences in conventional, special operations, strategic and institutional units and he had multiple operational and combat deployments. In his final position, he was the Deputy Commanding General for III Corps and Fort Hood, serving as second in command of the Army’s largest combat formation and second largest Army post. Previously, he was the Chief of Staff for US Strategic Command, the command responsible for global command and control of the Nation’s nuclear, space, cyberspace and missile defense forces.
John’s service also included duty in Afghanistan as the Chief of Plans for the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, where he led a multi-national cross-functional plans team responsible for developing operational plans for security, governance, and development across a 37-nation coalition.
He received his Bachelor of Science from the United States Military Academy and his Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies at the US Naval War College.
Julia Um is an Associate at McChrystal Group, where she works with clients in the financial and healthcare industries.
Julia received her B.A. in Economics from Wellesley College in 2016. While at Wellesley, she completed coursework at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the MIT Media Lab, where she researched business applications of emerging technologies. Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Julia worked at a tech start-up specializing in American manufacturing.
Rudy Valentine is a Partner at McChrystal Group, which he joined upon the firm’s founding in January 2011. He oversees human resources, accounting, event management, and office operations at McChrystal Group, helping scale the firm’s internal operations from inception to a global, premier consultancy.
Rudy retired from the US Army after a 24-year career at the rank of Sergeant Major. He was the Enlisted Aide to seven general officers, and deployed multiple times to Iraq and Afghanistan.
John R. Vines is a Partner and the Chief People Officer at McChrystal Group. He mentors client executives globally on leadership and strategy, as well as leads McChrystal Group’s human capital growth and development.
John retired from the United States Army in 2007, at the rank of Lieutenant General, after 35 years of active service. He was in continuous command for his last six years of service, including as Commander of the US Army’s XVIII Airborne Corps and of Multi-National Corps – Iraq during one of the most violent periods of the US presence in Iraq. In this latter position, he commanded a coalition force consisting of 178,000 soldiers from 27 nations, and oversaw two elections that ratified the Iraqi constitution and selected the permanent government.
Prior to his command of Multi-National Corps – Iraq, John commanded the Combined Joint Task Force 180 Afghanistan, where he commanded a task force of 10,000 US and coalition soldiers, deployed reconstruction teams, and worked closely with the President of Afghanistan. He also commanded the 18,000-strong 82nd Airborne Division. As well, John served as the Chief of the Office of Military Cooperation in Egypt, and served as the Senior Defense Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Following retirement, John was a Department of Defense senior mentor to military commanders prior to deployment to combat zones. At the time of his retirement, he was the oldest Soldier in the US Army on airborne jump status, and was considered a role model and a mentor for younger officers due to his numerous combat commands and hands-on leadership style. At his retirement ceremony, he was given the accolade, “For the next twenty years, the combat arms commanders will look, act and lead like John Vines.”
Greg Vogle is a Partner with the McChrystal Group Leadership Institute, where he focuses on expanding the firm’s offerings, leveraging both military and government leadership experience to forge leaders and build the teams of tomorrow.
Greg is a career paramilitary officer who recently retired from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) after holding positions of increasing scope and responsibility, including senior executive positions in charge of global clandestine operations. His special skills include leadership of joint CIA, Intelligence Community (IC) and Department of Defense (DoD) programs and missions. He also collaborated within and across the CIA, the IC and all branches of the U.S. military. Prior to serving in the CIA, Mr. Vogle spent five years in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1981 to 1986.
Greg earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Government from The Citadel in Charleston, SC.
Prior to joining the firm, Dmitry spent more than 10 years in government service. During that time, he served as the Director for Eastern Europe at the National Security Council and as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Dmitry also supported the Special Envoy for the Coalition to Counter ISIL, as Director for Strategic Planning and served at the Pentagon and the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine. He is the recipient of the State Department’s Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards.
Previously, Dmitry worked in financial services as a registered representative and quality assurance and customer relations manager. He developed and implemented service improvement programs, helped to launch a customer support center, and led efforts to train and motivate teams.
Dmitry received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Drew University in Political Science and Economics as well as a Master of Arts degree from Georgetown University in Security Studies. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Global Bridges Young Leaders program.
Jess is a Partner at McChrystal Group, where she leads the Discovery Team, specializing in assessing organizational performance and network analysis. All of the firm’s consulting engagements begin with a Discovery Phase led by Jess and her team, creating a rigorous assessment for opportunities to achieve greater adaptability.
Results of a custom-tailored diagnostic survey are used to inform the Organizational Performance Analysis and Organizational Network Analysis. The results of this analysis are visualized in a cutting-edge Network Map. Jess and her team identify key influencers and blockers within the organization, in addition to highlighting important sub-networks that are not captured by the corporate organizational chart.
Jess draws upon 16 years of experience as an intelligence professional. She served seven years in the US Army and spent 12 years supporting Special Operations Forces. She took part in 14 deployments to numerous Middle Eastern countries in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Jess was awarded Joint Commendation Medals, Joint Achievement Medals, Counter Terrorism Medals, and a host of various awards from the Department of Defense, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the National Security Agency.
Recently transitioned from the United States Marine Corps, Justine spent 11 years leading Marines and working in joint service environments where she devised innovative solutions for complex dilemmas helping to transform conventional logistics practices. With experience in contracting, supply chain, and transportation practices, she has streamlined processes and increased efficiency in every organization she has been a part of. Justine served in support of combat operations in Afghanistan and deployed as the senior logistician for two Marine Special Operations units within Africa and the Middle East.
Justine earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanography from the United States Naval Academy.
Leah is the Research Manager on the Research & Design Team where she supports the development of research-based leadership tools and specializes in conducting and applying organizational research to complex environments.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Leah worked at atrain, GmbH in Bamberg, Germany and the Institute for Cross-Cultural Management in Melbourne, FL. At both locations Leah researched, developed, delivered, and evaluated training modules on a variety of topics such as strategic agility and the feedback environment. She also contributed to developing a measure and training for cross-cultural competence at the U.S. Department of Defense joint services school DEOMI located at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida. Among other accomplishments, Leah has created and validated psychometric tests, published articles, and presented at national and international conferences.
Leah earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minor in Music from George Mason University, and holds a Masters of Science and a Doctorate in Industrial / Organizational Psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology. She also studied at the University of Valencia, Spain, where she worked in global teams for six months.
Micah Zenko is the Director of Research and Learning at McChrystal Group, charged with the development and instruction of offerings designed to improve organizational performance through red teaming, strategic planning, and scenario development.
Micah is also the Whitehead Senior Fellow at Chatham House. Prior to joining McChrystal Group, he was a Senior Fellow in the Council on Foreign Relations, where he researched and published on a range of national security and foreign policy issues. He has also previously held positions with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, State Department’s Office of Policy Planning, Veterans for America, and Brookings Institution.
Micah is the author of Red Team: How to Succeed by Thinking Like the Enemy, which reveals the work of red teams and explains how to most effectively apply them to the modern world.
He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master of Arts degree in Security Policy Studies from George Washington University. Micah also has a Doctorate degree in Political Science from Brandeis University and wrote his dissertation on U.S. discrete military operations in the post-Cold War world.