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We’ve built an elite and diverse team that brings its unique blend of talent, expertise, and experience to make you more successful, ensuring our offerings are uniquely customized to your specific needs.
Our trained consultants leverage their experiences both on and off the battlefield to partner with you to drive transformation across your business.
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.
Allison Spies is a Partner at McChrystal Group, where she oversees engagements in the healthcare and not-for-profit sectors. She has previously led engagements with clients in the technology and construction sectors.
An expert in strategic communications and intelligence, Allison brings a body of experience from the Australian Department of Defence, the Department of the House of Representatives and the Lowy Institute for International Policy. Through this time, Allison has provided strategic direction in large organizations, and led teams responsible for program implementation and execution. She has driven organizational transformation in both the public and private sectors and brings a unique understanding of the application of the Teams of Teams model to intelligence-led operations. From 2007-2013 she deployed on multiple occasions in support of military operations in the Middle East and Central Asia.
Allison received a Bachelor of Arts in Public Communication from the University of Technology Sydney, Master of International Studies from the University of Sydney, and a Master of Dispute Resolution from the University of Western Sydney (Dean’s Postgraduate Medal). She has completed the requirements for the Graduate Certificate of Management at Macquarie University and is currently working toward the completion of her Master of Business Administration.
Anders Fridén is an Associate at McChrystal Group, 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.
Ash Alexander-Cooper is Director of the McChrystal Group Leadership Institute, where he focuses on expanding the firm’s offerings, leveraging both military and business lessons to forge leaders and build the leadership teams of tomorrow. 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.
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.
Beau Palin is an Associate at McChrystal Group, where he is a member of the Growth Team. Previously, he worked with a market-leading software company to align strategy and improve communication.
Beau received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Yale University.
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.
Carl Landrum serves as Chief of Staff of the McChrystal Group Leadership Institute, responsible for designing, shaping, and executing strategy. As Chief of Staff, Carl provides executive-level guidance and strategic framing to enhance organizational performance.
Carl holds a 26-year career in law enforcement and is currently the Deputy Chief Patrol Agent of the Yuma Sector, responsible for leading U.S. Border Patrol operations in Southwestern Arizona, commanding over 800 agents and professional staff. Carl previously served as the first Chief of Staff, charged with standing up the Department of Homeland Security’s Joint Task Force West in the department’s Southern Border and Approaches Campaign, a hemispheric enforcement effort.
Carl attended the University of Phoenix in San Diego, CA, where he received his Bachelor of Science in Information Systems. He earned his Master of Strategic Studies and a certificate from the Advanced Strategic Art Program at U.S. Army War College. Carl also holds certificates from the University of Maryland – Customs and Border Protection Leadership Institute and the American University, School of Public Affairs – Key Effective Leadership Program.
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.
Catherine Belte is an Analyst at the McChrystal Group, where she works on a consulting engagement with a client in the financial services industry.
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 on the cultural identity of Latvian immigrants residing in the United States at the European Studies Symposium.
Charles Goodyear is a Research Analyst at McChrystal Group, responsible for developing theory and case studies for the firm’s product offerings. As well, he is researching and contributing to an upcoming book authored by Chris Fussell, one of the firm’s Managing Partners.
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 in Global Affairs from Yale University.
Cherylanne is the Executive Assistant to General Stanley McChrystal.
She served over 25 years in the United States Army. Cherylanne then served as the Executive Assistant to the Director, Joint Staff in the Department of Defense for 10 years.
Chris Fussell is a Partner at McChrystal Group, where he heads up the McChrystal Group Leadership Institute. Chris is an author of the 2015 New York Times bestseller, Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World.
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 life 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.
Cleo Haynal is a Principal at McChrystal Group, managing lines of effort with clients in financial services, mining, and software.
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.
Cricket Oles is an Associate at McChrystal Group. She has worked with clients in a number of industries, including financial services, telecommunications, and design and engineering services.
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.
Daniel Pedrotty is an Associate at McChrystal Group, advising financial services and healthcare clients. He is an active duty officer in the United States Navy, completing a one-year fellowship under the Secretary of the Navy’s Tour with Industry (SNTWI) program.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Daniel served as a Fire Control Officer in the US Navy, including the role as Force Anti-Air Warfare Coordinator for 14 countries while deployed as 6th Fleet Air Defense Commander.
Daniel earned a Master of Arts in Security Studies with a focus in Europe and Eurasia from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Bachelor of Science from the United States Naval Academy. At USNA, Daniel played Division I Varsity Water Polo competing in the NCAA Final Four three out of his four years.
David Gillian is a Partner at McChrystal Group, where he develops new client engagements and oversees some of the firm’s most established projects. Since joining McChrystal Group in early 2013, he has led global client engagements across diverse fields including technology, engineering and construction, energy, healthcare and financial services.
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 Chairman of the United States 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.
Dina Finnegan is the Marketing Manager at McChrystal Group, where she is responsible for supporting all company marketing and public relations efforts.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Dina worked in commercial real estate at a boutique investment sales company as well as a large debt brokerage firm. In both positions, she was charged with developing and managing company public relations, advertising, social media, events, and presentations.
Dina attended Susquehanna University where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communications with a minor in Advertising. While in college, she completed a short study abroad trip in Northern Ireland where she worked with the youth in the area to promote peace.
Dmitry Vovchuk is a Principal at McChrystal Group, advising a global consumer goods client on organizational change, improved decision-making, and strategic alignment.
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.
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.
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.
Howie Cohen is a Partner 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.
Jay McElroy is an Analyst at McChrystal Group, supporting client service engagements with investment banks.
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.
Jeff Bryant is a Partner at McChrystal Group, where he develops internal strategy and leads client engagements. He most recently led a consulting effort with a large telecommunications company.
Prior to joining the McChrystal Group in 2015, Jeff was Senior Vice President of Enterprise Strategy and Execution at The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (SMG), the world’s largest manufacturer of branded consumer lawn and garden products. In this role, Jeff partnered with McChrystal Group in 2011 where he led the implementation of McChrystal Group solutions at SMG to enhance organizational effectiveness by tightly linking enterprise strategy with business execution.
Jeff’s career at SMG spanned 13 years and included strategic leadership positions in Operations, Marketing, Supply Chain, and Global Technology & Operations. Prior to joining SMG, Jeff was a Senior Manager at Accenture where he focused on business transformation within the technology industry. Before Accenture, Jeff worked as a Manager for Ernst & Young Management Consulting and specialized in supply chain optimization.
Jeff received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Business Administration from Loyola 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.
Jeff Martindale is a Partner at McChrystal Group where he cultivates and leads major client engagements to improve strategy execution, executive leadership, and organizational communication.
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 attended the United States Military Academy at West Point where he received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. Jeff also earned a Master of Arts in Human Resources Training and Development from Webster University, and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.
Jen is an Analyst at McChrystal Group, where she prepares presentations and speeches for General Stan McChrystal. She previously served as the firm’s Distribution Coordinator, arranging and shipping packages of book purchases.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Jen served as the Battalion Family Readiness Group Senior Advisor for the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, where she advised both on family readiness matters involving the roughly 700 Soldiers and families attached to the battalion, serving as an interface between families, soldiers, and the deployed unit. She also was responsible for ensuring that volunteers received appropriate training and recognition, and for assisting in the planning and execution of battalion steering committee meetings, involving 25 members, and battalion-wide events, as well as advised on some regimental level events. Jen also previously served as the Company Family Readiness Group Leader for the Charlie Company of the 1st Battalion in the 503rd Infantry Regiment.
Jen earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Biology from Mount Holyoke College.
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.
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.
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.”
Julia Campbell is a Principal on the growth team at McChrystal Group, where she is responsible for launching new client engagements.
Previously, she supported a consulting project with a large manufacturing client to implement the McChrystal Group operating model.
Julia has been involved in every aspect of designing, building, and implementing Team of Teams methodologies within McChrystal Group’s clientele. Her area of expertise is in organizational operating rhythms—she has worked closely with clients to outline their top strategic priorities, understand the current cadence of communication forums and information flows, and ultimately implement the optimal cadence by which clients execute their strategic priorities through communication forums and information sharing.
Julia graduated from the College of Charleston where she majored in business administration and studied abroad in the United Arab Emirates.
Julia Um is an Analyst 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.
Kathleen Hatfield is a Partner and the Chief Marketing Officer of McChrystal Group. In her role, Kathleen positions the firm’s executives as thought leaders and industry experts through media relations, bylined article development and placement, marketing, social media, speaking engagements, and publicity.
A communications strategist with nearly two decades of experience promoting and positioning professional services brands, Kathleen led US public relations efforts for marketing consultancy Prophet from 2012-2015. There, she represented some of the most creative problem-solvers in brand strategy, digital transformation, marketing, and innovation.
Previously, Kathleen worked at global brand strategy and design consultancy Lippincott in New York, where she was a director from 2001-2004 and a partner from 2004-2012. Lippincott is part of Oliver Wyman, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies.
At Lippincott, she directed corporate and marketing communications, promoting the firm’s capabilities to prospective clients, partners, and influencers through traditional and social media. She also led brand launch PR campaigns for clients including Citizens Bank, Delta Air Lines, Hyatt, Infiniti, McDonald’s, Nissan, Samsung, Sprint, Starbucks, and Walmart.
Earlier, Kathleen was a director in the corporate and financial practice at Burson-Marsteller in New York. Burson-Marsteller is a part of Young & Rubicam Group, a subsidiary of WPP, the world’s leader in communications services.
At Burson, she managed a team that performed public relations and professional services reputation management for Accenture’s retail, consumer goods, and chemicals operating units. She also ran the financial media relations program for Coach, Inc., partnering with the investor relations team to produce quarterly earnings announcements, CEO media relations, and roadshows.
A native New Yorker, Kathleen received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.
Kevin Cole is an Associate at McChrystal Group, where he helps drive business development as a member of the growth team. Previously, he supported a client engagement with an industry-leading mining company.
Kevin received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University, where he was a varsity hockey player. He interned at McChrystal Group while in school.
Kirsten Flowers is an Associate on McChrystal Group’s Research & Design team, specializing in leadership and organizational development. She conducts original research, designs and implements customized curriculum for the McChrystal Group Leadership Institute, and consults on various client engagements. Her past work has focused on the critical leadership skills required for adaptability and the assessment of those skills.
She previously worked with a client in hardware manufacturing where she focused on the implementation of the Team of Teams processes and leadership behaviors.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Kirsten worked for the Center for Creative Leadership. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Elon University, and a Master of Arts in Organizational Management from The George Washington University.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Maddie Silverman is an Analyst at McChrystal Group, supporting 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 clients in the healthcare sector, and has previously worked with 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.
Mike French is a Senior Principal 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.
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.
Rashad Badr is a Principal on the McChrystal Group Leadership Institute’s client engagement team and also manages strategic partnerships for the firm. Rashad has also worked on McChrystal Group advisory services engagements with financial sector clients.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Rashad worked on a host of national security and international policy issues. Most recently, Rashad worked at Booz Allen Hamilton where he focused on strategic engagements in the cybersecurity space.
Previously, Rashad worked on counterterrorism and special operations issues at a Joint Special Operations Task Force, the Joint Staff’s Deputy Directorate for Special Operations and Counterterrorism, and the State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism, where he focused on interagency operations and served as the lead author for numerous policy and strategy documents.
Rashad received a Master’s of Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts, both from Princeton University where he was awarded the Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative prize. He has also studied at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and the University of Cape Town.
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.
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.
Ryan Arzamarski is an 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 3 different courses as Instructor of Record and authored six publications in Tier-1 psychology journals.
Ryan Faul is a Partner at McChrystal Group, where he advises investment banks on leadership and culture change. Previously, Ryan served as McChrystal Group’s Director of Operations, and managed a global line of effort improving Product Management at one of the world’s largest hardware companies.
Before joining McChrystal Group, Ryan was an Area Manager at Amazon.com, where he helped build and standardize shipping processes for Amazon’s global mega-sortation buildings. Specializing in managing quality initiatives, Ryan monitored dozens of metrics in order to improve the customer experience. He was also selected for Amazon’s Management Effectiveness Team, where he worked to improve management-employee relationships and bring about positive culture change.
Ryan served in the United States Marine Corps from 2004-2010. He deployed to Iraq twice, both times commanding troops in combat. He received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Purdue University.
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.
Sam Bondurant is an Analyst at McChrystal Group, working with a global consumer goods client. He has previously worked on an engagement with a client in the design and engineering services industry.
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.
Sanaa Sandag joined McChrystal Group as a Staff Accountant, tasked with preparing financial information, handling account reconciliations, and maintaining financial management tools.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Sanaa held positions as a Senior Accountant at a call center services firm and Financial Consultant at a staffing agency. She previously worked at one of the largest international ship registries as well as a sushi restaurant company. Sanaa also was a Program Officer for the Gobi Regional Economic Growth Initiative Project funded by USAID.
Sanaa received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Translation of English and Russian from the University of Humanities in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. She also earned her Master of Business in Finance and Accounting from the University of Finance and Economics in Mongolia, as well as a Master of Business in Finance from Strayer University.
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.
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.
Spencer Sullivan is an Associate at McChrystal Group, where he works with a industry-leading multinational mining company.
Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Spencer worked for McKesson Corporation in inventory and transportation management. He previously served as a Cavalry Officer in the US Army for four years, including a year-long combat deployment to Afghanistan in 2012.
Spencer earned a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the College of William and Mary. He served as an infantryman in the Virginia Army National Guard while in college.
Stacey McChrystal is a Principal at McChrystal Group, where she coordinates internal operations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Will Smith is a Principal at McChrystal Group, working on firm-wide business development and growth initiatives. As well, he advises a multinational mining company on organizational change.
Will joined McChrystal Group a few months after the firm’s founding in 2011, and managed early client engagements in consumer goods and software.
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 DC.