Our Team

Our consulting team is a unique blend of carefully selected talent drawn from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds to help you solve your most challenging issues. At Wilson Perumal & Company, we select only the best and brightest talent from industry, consulting, and selected military programs, and combine that with a highly experienced group of Senior Advisors to bring a truly unique approach to your real world challenges. Our team members are driven, passionate, and completely committed to your success.

Senior Leadership

Andrei Perumal

Andrei Perumal

Andrei PerumalAndrei is a seasoned advisor to senior leaders in both industry and government and an innovative thinker on complexity, strategy, and operations.  He has deep business and technical expertise across a variety of disciplines, and draws from his broad base of experience to help clients solve their most critical strategic and operational issues.

After graduating with his engineering degree from MIT, Andrei excelled in the US Navy's Nuclear Power Program.  There he learned the fundamentals of managing and eliminating risk in complex systems.  Following the Navy, Andrei worked at Beal Aerospace Technologies—an ambitious private rocket venture under Texas billionaire Andy Beal—where he oversaw the successful design, construction and operation of a propellant grade hydrogen peroxide concentration plant.

Andrei began his consulting career with Bain & Company, where he advanced ahead of peers and earned a reputation for developing powerful modeling solutions for strategic issues.  Following his time at Bain, Andrei was recruited back by Andy Beal to be Director of Strategic Operations for Beal Bank, one of the most profitable banks in the nation. Andrei later joined George Group Consulting to help build George Group's Operations Strategy practice.  He was named Engagement Director of the Year in his first year, soon after elected Principal and served on the Global Leadership Team.  Andrei was named Partner by Accenture upon its acquisition of George Group in 2007.  Andrei left Accenture to found Wilson Perumal & Company.

Andrei is also co-author of Waging War on Complexity Costs (McGraw-Hill).  He resides in Dallas.

Contact Andrei at aperumal@wilsonperumal.com.

Stephen Wilson

Stephen Wilson

Stephen WilsonStephen is Managing Partner and co-founder of Wilson Perumal & Company. He works with senior leadership teams in corporations and private equity, advising them on critical strategy and operations issues.  Stephen has written extensively on the topics of growth strategy, cost-competitiveness, organizational development and in particular, on the issue of competing in today’s complex world.  He is co-author of Waging War on Complexity Costs (McGraw-Hill, 2009).  His latest book, Growth in the Age of Complexity, will be published in 2017.

At WP&C, Stephen works closely with CEOs, COOs and other corporate leaders around the issues of optimizing the portfolio and customer offerings, simplifying and aligning a company’s operating model, and developing growth strategies that achieve scale and profitability. He works across industries, and has particular depth in Consumer Goods, Industrial Goods, Manufacturing & Retail.

Stephen began his consulting career with Marakon Associates, a strategy consultancy, then spent six years with George Group Consulting, joining as a Senior Consultant and rising to election as Principal, as part of the Global Leadership Team.  He was a founding member of its Operations Strategy practice, led the development of the European business and was leader of George Group's intellectual capital initiatives. Upon the acquisition of George Group by Accenture, Stephen became Partner. He left to found Wilson Perumal & Company, Inc.  Stephen is a contributor to journals such as Chief Executive magazine, CNBC.com and Investors Business Daily.  He holds an MBA from The Wharton School in Finance and Strategic Management and resides in Dallas.  

Contact Stephen at swilson@wilsonperumal.com.

Leadership

Kelly Jones

Kelly Jones

Kelly JonesKelly brings over 25 years of experience in banking, payments and financial services including roles as senior executive, founder/entrepreneur, and investor. He is also Managing Partner of our affiliated company Wilson Perumal Capital, LLC.

Kelly began his career with Ernst & Young and was later CFO of Beal Bank, an $8 billion financial institution. During his time as CFO, Beal Bank was ranked by American Banker as the top performing bank in the United States. Kelly led Beal Bank in its acquisition of Southern Pacific Bank, an $800 million CA savings bank, and was President of Stampede Holdings which successfully acquired a Nevada state thrift.

Kelly co-founded two high growth financial services companies, SunTech Processing and Melson & Associates. SunTech Processing was a national leader in debit card processing technologies, electronic banking software and EFT direct processing. SunTech became the first data network to clear an ATM debit card transaction over a dial-up machine (common today but revolutionary back then). It changed the way ATM's were manufactured and fueled the explosion in off-premise machines. Melson & Associates was a bank consulting firm that specialized in operational efficiency and the development of data management systems.

Kelly helps our clients across a broad set of issues, including top-line revenue growth, operating efficiency, complexity management, IT strategy, risk environment and acquisition support. He resides in Dallas, Texas and can be contacted at kjones@wilsonperumal.com.

Ernie Spence

Ernie Spence

Ernie’s specialty is turning around and transforming struggling organizations into high-performing organizations. He has received numerous awards for implementing transformational, organization-wide change. A proven strategic leader with a background in engineering, analytics, organizational development, leadership, and coaching, Ernie has a unique ability to help clients develop and implement practical solutions to pressing operational and strategic challenges.

Ernie served in the US Navy for 22 years as a fighter pilot and test pilot. He commanded and successfully turned around multiple F/A-18 squadrons, including the largest and most broken squadron in the Navy, where he was responsible for leading a diverse workforce of 1300 employees and 117 aircraft to train 60% of the Navy’s fighter aircrew. In this role he reduced Operations & Maintenance costs by 36% in just one year while simultaneously restoring to service over $3.6 billion worth of high-performance aircraft and increasing pilot production by 44%.

Ernie holds an MS Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, an MS National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University Eisenhower School, a BS Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado, and is a graduate of the prestigious US Naval Test Pilot School. He is an avid outdoorsman and an atrocious self-taught guitar player. He resides in the Washington, DC area.

David Toth

David Toth

David TothDavid oversees much of Wilson Perumal & Company’s strategy, operating model design, and process transformation work for its clients, and has personally led many large-scale enterprise and operations transformations in the telecom, high tech, distribution, and retail industries.

David’s projects have ranged from improving time-to-market, order-to-cash, and issue-to-resolution performance for a communications provider; to transforming the front-office for an engineered products company; to establishing and running an enterprise transformation program for a global agricultural company.

Prior to joining Wilson Perumal & Company, David worked with the firm’s founders at George Group Consulting (he was named Partner at Accenture following Accenture’s acquisition of George Group). David was also Global Operations Director with P&L responsibility at Menlo Worldwide, a leading third-party logistics provider, and before that was Director of Supply Chain Strategy at Lexmark International. David began his career as an Engineering Manager with AT&T and then Lucent Technologies with projects in the US, Mexico, China, and the Philippines.

David received both his MS and BS degrees in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He resides in Lexington, Kentucky.

Senior Advisors

Kelly Jones

Kelly Jones

Kelly JonesKelly brings over 25 years of experience in banking, payments and financial services including roles as senior executive, founder/entrepreneur, and investor. He is also Managing Partner of our affiliated company Wilson Perumal Capital, LLC.

Kelly began his career with Ernst & Young and was later CFO of Beal Bank, an $8 billion financial institution. During his time as CFO, Beal Bank was ranked by American Banker as the top performing bank in the United States. Kelly led Beal Bank in its acquisition of Southern Pacific Bank, an $800 million CA savings bank, and was President of Stampede Holdings which successfully acquired a Nevada state thrift.

Kelly co-founded two high growth financial services companies, SunTech Processing and Melson & Associates. SunTech Processing was a national leader in debit card processing technologies, electronic banking software and EFT direct processing. SunTech became the first data network to clear an ATM debit card transaction over a dial-up machine (common today but revolutionary back then). It changed the way ATM's were manufactured and fueled the explosion in off-premise machines. Melson & Associates was a bank consulting firm that specialized in operational efficiency and the development of data management systems.

Kelly helps our clients across a broad set of issues, including top-line revenue growth, operating efficiency, complexity management, IT strategy, risk environment and acquisition support. He resides in Dallas, Texas and can be contacted at kjones@wilsonperumal.com.

Nick Kunesh

Nick Kunesh

Nick has held senior executive roles in both private and public sectors for over 25 years.  He served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Logistics under Secretary of the Navy Gordon England during the Bush Administration. In this role he led business transformation across all aspects of service, support, and transactional processes within the Navy and Marine Corps.  In particular, he led the strategic team that institutionalized Lean Six Sigma, training over 260 Admirals, Generals, and civilian executives, and 4,900 other personnel.

Prior to his appointment as DASN, Nick held senior executive roles in operations, service, and supply chain with Motorola, Panasonic, and Pratt & Whitney.  After leaving public service, he worked with The Pritzker Organization as CEO and President of a start-up port management company that refurbished and operated a containerized terminal in Basra, Iraq and provided feeder ship service via Dubai, UAE.

Nick has an MBA in International Business from George Washington University and a BS Marine Transportation from the United States Merchant Marine Academy.  He is a former Naval Aviator and Commander in the Navy Reserve.  Nick resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

Professionals

Max Adler

Max Adler

Max AdlerMax has expertise in financial and operational analysis and product development, and has experience in the automotive and energy industries, investment banking, and start-up environments.

As an associate with G2 Capital Advisors, Max provided M&A advisory to CEO’s of lower-middle market firms. For a water conservation startup, he held operations management roles, and built and managed a data analytics and account management department. As a product manager and senior new product development engineer with Ford Motor Company, Max helped develop and launch a new vehicle from prototype design to assembly plant launch.

Max holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and a BS Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania. In his free time, Max enjoys traveling, skiing, golf, tennis, and scuba diving. He currently resides in Nashville.

Jeff Butler

Jeff Butler

Jeff has expertise in strategy and operational improvement in the consumer, industrial, technology, energy, mining, and healthcare industries.

Prior to joining Wilson Perumal & Company, Jeff worked in the corporate strategy group at Samsung, and as a Senior Consultant with Ernst & Young.  At Wilson Perumal, he has helped consumer and industrial clients understand the profitability of their product portfolios and optimize their customer offerings.  In addition, Jeff has aided clients in realigning their post-merger operating models and has worked with the portfolio companies of PE firms to reduce costs and improve distribution strategies to significantly enhance overall investment values.

Jeff received his MBA from the University of Chicago, and BBA Finance from the University of Texas, Austin. Jeff is an avid sports fan, golfer, and world traveler. He currently resides in Chicago.

Andrew Chan

Andrew Chan

AC BW adjAndrew is experienced in operations and analytics. He has helped clients in the commercial banking, healthcare, and insurance industries to identify and implement business improvements through process redesign, capacity modeling, KPI management, and organizational redesign.

Andrew previously worked in the Business Operations team at GlobalFoundries, a semiconductor foundry where he was responsible for operating expense forecasting, spend analysis, and cost saving initiative management in a fast-paced manufacturing environment.

Andrew received his MS and BS Chemical Engineering from Cornell University. Outside of work, he is an avid tennis player, skier, and traveler. Andrew currently resides in New York.

Andrew Dorin

Andrew Dorin

Andrew is a seasoned consultant that brings expertise in the healthcare and retail sectors including the areas of growth strategy, customer segmentation, and investment due diligence. Prior to joining Wilson Perumal & Company, Andrew was a Manager at Sg2, a healthcare consultancy.  While at Sg2, Andrew led various strategic and operational planning engagements for provider, biotech, and private equity clients.   Previously Andrew was a Senior Project Coordinator at University Research Company where he led a cross-functional team in development of a micro-health insurance plan in El Salvador.  Andrew started his career as a Senior Assistant Buyer with May Co Departments Stores where he managed a $6M brand across 82 locations. 

Andrew holds an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Art Degree from the University of Virginia.  Andrew resides in Chicago. 

Chris Ehlinger

Chris Ehlinger

Chris brings broad experience from his background in the military, university, and work with start-ups. He specializes in operations, culture change, and leadership development. Prior to joining WP&C, he was an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin where he taught courses in Engineering and Operations and trained more than 70 future naval officers.

He began his professional career as a submarine officer in the US Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Program, where he successfully led global teams of 1000+ individuals in complex and dynamic operations, ranking at the top of his peers at each assignment and in the top 5% enterprise-wide. Outside of the Navy, Chris has collaborated on multiple start-ups in the food & beverage and education industries.

Chris holds a MPaff Public Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin, a MS Engineering Management from Old Dominion, and a BS Economics from Duke University. In his spare time, Chris is an Ironman triathlete and enjoys teaching skydiving. He resides in Austin, Texas.

Isabel Fernandez

Isabel Fernandez

Isabel oversees Wilson Perumal & Company’s European business and brings more than 20 years of experience to support clients in the areas of Performance Improvement, Operations, and Strategy Implementation.  She has worked across industries but has particular depth in manufacturing, mining and financial services.

Isabel began her professional career in Ernst & Young’s National Transportation Practice in the US. After moving back to Europe, Isabel first worked as a Senior Economist in the Public Sector, then migrated back to consulting, with roles of growing seniority within the Institute of Management Resources and then at Alexander Proudfoot, where she was recognized for both Best Analyst of the Year and Best Team of the Year. Following this, she spent four years with the Highland Group, where she rose to Senior Partner. Isabel was also a founding Partner of Lausanne Consulting Group, a 100-person boutique consultancy headquartered in Switzerland.

Isabel holds a BS Economics & Business from the Complutense University in Madrid, and an MS Applied Math & Statistics from the State University of New York. In addition to her native Spanish, she is fluent in English and Italian, and speaks conversational French and Portuguese. She resides in London.

Nathan Flores

Nathan Flores

NF BW adjNathan has a strong general management background and specific expertise in system-level analysis and operations strategy. Nathan’s focus has been on technology and industrial equipment clients, including a footprint strategy for a major semiconductor manufacturer, assessing R&D operations for a utility technology company, and optimizing the manufacturing and distribution network for a heavy machinery manufacturer.

Prior to joining Wilson Perumal & Company, Nathan was an Associate at A.T. Kearney, and prior to that held operational roles for several years in the semiconductor and defense industries.

Nathan holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, an MS Systems Engineering from Southern Methodist University, and a BS Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M. He currently resides in Chicago.

Allison Hamill

Allison Hamill

Allison brings expertise in process optimization, key performance indicator management, and building staffing models in global support center environments.

Prior to joining Wilson Perumal & Company, Allison worked on process improvement, business analytics, and project management with AT&T’s Global Service Assurance organization. Using her Six Sigma Green Belt and Lean Management certifications, she led projects to optimize customer repair processes and identify and improve drivers to Net Promoter Scores. She strategically managed the performance targets for a global organization and regularly communicated product line performance to executive audiences.

Allison earned a BBA from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She currently resides in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Thomas Hamnett

Thomas Hamnett

Thomas HamnettTom specializes in economic analysis and market strategy. He has delivered business cases, feasibility studies and strategic advice to high-profile clients, including blue chips, government departments, investors and financial institutions. He has led exciting projects in the UK, Middle East and Africa.

Prior to joining Wilson Perumal & Company, Tom consulted for Atkins Global and PA consulting in their Strategy and Decision Science practice. He developed the Saudi Arabian Government's rolling stock investment strategy, forecast sector-skills shortages in support of the UK's high-profile Nuclear New Build programme, and supported the development of strategy and policy for The Olympic Legacy Committee, various UK Central Government departments as well as numerous heavy industrial companies, energy companies and investors.

Tom holds an MBA from Imperial College Business School, graduating top of his class, and an MA Geography (Hons) from Oxford University. Tom is an avid rugby player and lives in London.

Simon Hodson

Simon Hodson

Simon brings ten years of investment banking and consulting expertise. As an investment banker Simon led organizations through the M&A process, on both the buy and sell sides, and later as a consultant he has helped clients improve business performance post-transaction and develop growth strategies.

His experience therefore includes origination and target identification, benchmarking, commercial due diligence, go-to-market strategy, value chain analysis, and complex financial modeling and forecasting. Prior to joining Wilson Perumal & Company, Simon worked in Visa’s corporate finance and strategy divisions, and as a consultant at Frost & Sullivan, private equity and investment banking division.

Simon earned a BA Finance from the American College Dublin, and an MBA from Kenan Flagler Business School at UNC Chapel Hill. Simon is an avid traveler, hiker, and rugby enthusiast. He currently resides in San Jose, California.

Daniel Kiryakov

Daniel Kiryakov

Daniel KiryakovDaniel is an expert in product management and operations strategy. He also brings an entrepreneurial background, general managerial experience, and experience in private equity investing.

Prior to WP&C, Daniel was operations manager at Uber, where he helped launch and scale the business in Bulgaria and Croatia. Before Uber, he worked at a private equity firm analyzing investments in the consumer goods and technology space. As a marketing manager, Daniel helped build a profitable machine-manufacturing business exporting products to over 50 countries.

Daniel holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management and a BA Economics from Clark University. He currently resides in New York.

Mark McDonald

Mark McDonald

Mark McDonaldMark delivers significant operational and financial improvement for clients through practical, data-driven analysis.  He has over 20 years of leadership and operations experience across manufacturing, logistics, supply chain management, sales & marketing analytics, revenue management, and distribution.

Mark’s project experience has ranged from the world-wide reorganization of a global polymer manufacturer for significant cost savings, to the successful turnaround of a major manufacturing plant for a Tier 1 automotive supplier, to dramatic inventory reduction (while maintaining supply chain responsiveness) for a global medical device manufacturer, to practical application of evidence-based research to improve hospital clinical processes for better patient outcomes.

Mark began his professional career as a submarine officer in the US Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Program.  He brings prior industry experiences from Hurricane Machine (COO), American Airlines (Manager, Distribution Strategy), and Michelin (Plant Production Manager and Senior Industrial Engineer); and prior consulting experience as a Senior Manager and lean six sigma Master Black Belt with George Group Consulting.

Mark holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University and a BS Mathematical Sciences from Baylor University.  Mark currently resides in the Fort Worth/Dallas area.

Sean Ritchie

Sean Ritchie

Sean Ritchie has more than 13 years of consulting experience spread across commercial optimization (pricing, segmentation, and channel strategy), supply chain (inventory, network design, and production efficiency), and organizational design. He has led organizations through the sales force redesign process, performed channel strategy assessments, and managed restructuring initiatives. His experience supporting and managing engagements has spanned a dozen industries, giving him a deep understanding of best practices across the value chain.

Sean’s prior consulting experience includes four years at A.T. Kearney. He has degrees in Economics, Finance, and Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Sean spends his free time creating art—glass blowing, clay/wax sculpting, and painting—playing his ukuleles, skiing, and surfing. He resides in Miami, FL.

Scott Stallbaum

Scott Stallbaum

Scott is experienced in operations, strategy, and product development.  Prior to joining Wilson Perumal & Company he held several roles with AGA Medical Corporation, including Manager of Special Projects, reporting to the CEO, Manager of Operations Strategy & Planning, and Senior Manager, Production, where he was responsible for manufacturing across all AGA products, supporting $220M in sales.

Prior to AGA, Scott spent six years with the Ford Motor company.  He completed the Ford College Graduate Program and then went on to be New Model Launch Program Manager, where he coordinated all aspects of new vehicle launches from prototype build to assembly plant launch. 

Scott has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University.  He currently resides in San Antonio.

Matt Terwilliger

Matt Terwilliger

matt terwilligerMatt’s expertise includes organizational development, operational excellence, and building and sustaining high-performing teams. As a former Commanding Officer of a nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, he knows first-hand the challenges of solving hard problems in harsh and unforgiving environments, and the benefits of having a resilient, high-performing team.

Matt is a proven leader with a background in operations, engineering, risk management, major program management, and analytical problem solving. Prior to joining Wilson Perumal & Company Matt served in the US Nuclear Navy where he was responsible for safe and effective operation and maintenance of nuclear power plants, safety and security of strategic nuclear weapons, and training and leading thousands of personnel. Since joining WP&C he has used his experience to help our clients improve their operational effectiveness, organizational performance, and leadership at all levels.       

Matt holds an MS Engineering Management from The George Washington University and a BS Marine Engineering from State University of the New York Maritime College.  Matt currently resides in Washington, DC.

Robert Turell

Robert Turell

Rob is experienced in operations, strategy, and general management.

Rob began his career as a pilot in the US Navy, where in addition to flying he held operations and maintenance management roles. After leaving the Navy, Rob ran the operations of a major product line for General Mills, improving margins and setting annual performance records. At General Mills Rob drove commercialization of innovation initiatives resulting in 65% increase in production capacity.

Rob holds an MBA from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a BS Political Science from the US Naval Academy. In his spare time, Rob enjoys running. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

Josh Wilson

Josh Wilson

JW BW adjJosh has significant experience in manufacturing, operations, and project management, and is an expert in applying operations theory to manufacturing and maintenance operations.

Prior to joining Wilson Perumal & Company, Josh held plant engineer, maintenance engineer, division industrial engineer, and operations analysis/manufacturing center of excellence roles in manufacturing and heavy industries. He has improved plant operations, driven manufacturing process improvements, refined management practices, and transformed supply chain operations.

Josh has an MBA from the University of North Carolina, and holds an MS Industrial Engineering and a BS Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arkansas.  He currently resides in Dallas.

Firm Development

Megan Beck Fenley

Megan Beck Fenley

Megan FenleyMegan is a former management consultant who leads recruiting, training, and professional development for the firm. Prior to joining Wilson Perumal & Company Megan worked as a Consultant and Case Team Leader at Bain & Company, helping clients across a wide variety of industries and functions. Prior to consulting she worked as an engineer and eCommerce project manager for National Instruments, and advised member companies and student entrepreneurs at the Austin Technology Incubator.

Megan holds an MBA from the McCombs School of Business where she graduated as a Sord Scholar in the top 5% of her class. Megan also has a BS Computer Science, where she won the Parrish Scholarship for being the #1 ranked Computer Science student, and a BA Plan II, a Liberal Arts Honors degree, from the University of Texas at Austin. In her spare time, Megan gardens and invests in real estate.

Connie Gombas

Connie Gombas

Connie supports our entire Partner team, and brings over 30 years of experience in administrative roles including staff management, office management, and event planning. Prior to joining Wilson Perumal & Company, Connie was EA to Michael George Sr., founder of George Group Consulting. Connie resides in Dallas.

Allison Ryan

Allison Ryan

Allison RyanAllison supports internal operations, marketing, and recruiting. Prior to joining WP&C, Allison worked for eight years as a legal secretary and paralegal supporting Federal cases involving white collar crime. Allison was also an administrative assistant and analyst in the Strategic Operations Group at Beal Bank, and also brings EA experience from Deloitte & Touche, the Greater Detroit Newspaper Network, Hill Valuation Group, and for the VP of Manufacturing at Britax Vision Systems. Allison currently resides in Dallas.