The Top 50 Healthcare Consultants of 2021

The Consulting Report is pleased to announce The Top 50 Healthcare Consultants of 2021. These are the individuals who advise the largest and fastest growing healthcare and life sciences companies across the globe. Through their deep domain expertise they provide strategic insight to management teams so they may better guide and grow their organizations, optimize operational efficiency, leverage the latest in technology, and launch new products and services, among other activities. Awardees were nominated and selected based on their demonstrated career commitment to the healthcare industry and their ability to deliver consistent best-in-class consulting services. They anticipate the needs of their clients, in turn helping them achieve key milestones and objectives, and in parallel advancing the overall healthcare industry at large.

Notably, many of this year’s awardees have spent decades honing their craft while taking on more responsibility as leaders and executives with their organizations and beyond. Some have also dedicated their time to impactful causes such as McKinsey’s Jack Henry, who is an active leader in many Chicago civic enterprises, Trinity Life Science’s Herman Sanchez, who has been a longtime supporter of Peace First, which empowers young people to change the world around them, and CapGemini’s Olivier Zitoun, who launched Covid19 API, a pro-bono grassroots project meant to ease COVID-19 data sharing. These awardees comprise the cohort in healthcare consulting that defines excellence.

Please join us in recognizing the accomplishments of The Top 50 Healthcare Consultants of 2021.

 

1. Brian Williams
Company: Cognizant
Title: Global Life Sciences Consulting Leader

Brian Williams is the Global Life Sciences Consulting Leader for Cognizant, one of the world’s leading professional services companies. Headquartered in the U.S., Cognizant is ranked 185 on the Fortune 500 and is consistently listed among the most admired companies in the world. Cognizant’s digital engineering and human-centered design capabilities are helping the world’s leading life sciences companies deliver on the potential of improved care for more people at lower cost.

Williams is a seasoned executive with more than three decades of leadership experience. He leads Cognizant’s Life Sciences consulting team and is the Strategy Leader for Cognizant’s Life Sciences business. As global consulting leader, Williams is responsible for managing and leading teams in North America, U.K./Europe, and Asia that provide management consulting services to the global biopharmaceutical and medical device/diagnostics industries. He also serves as Chief Digital Officer of the Life Sciences practice.

Prior to joining Cognizant, Williams spent nearly a decade with PwC/Strategy& where he was a founding member of its “New Entrants” practice that identified and defined the transformation in care access and delivery enabled by ubiquitous technology and torrents of clinical and commercial data. He also served as a regional venture partner with Hopewell Ventures, as well as filling several other leadership roles in life sciences and pharmaceutical companies. He holds a BA in history from Indiana University Bloomington.

 

2. Brad Michel
Company: Accenture
Title: Managing Director and Accenture's Life Sciences Industry Lead for North America

Brad Michel is the Industry Lead of the North American Life Sciences practice at Accenture, a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud, and security. Accenture combines unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries to deliver strategy and consulting, interactive, technology, and operations services. Michel has held several leadership roles in the company’s Life Sciences R&D practice, including as the lead of such verticals as research, clinical development, pharmacovigilance, regulatory, and patient services. He began his career with Accenture in 2000 as a life sciences management and technology consulting practitioner.

Michel boasts years of experience leading large client relationships with Top 10 pharmaceutical companies, with a focus on driving transformation through innovation, operational efficiency, and cost savings. In addition, he has significant global experience and a broad background in business advisory and management consulting, IT strategy and delivery, digital transformation, and outsourcing operations across the Life Sciences value chain. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Villanova University.

 

3. Ajay Royyuru
Company: IBM Consulting Life Sciences
Title: Vice President, Healthcare & Life Sciences Research

Ajay Royyuru is Vice President of Healthcare & Life Sciences Research for IBM, a multinational technology and services company. The IBM Healthcare & Life Sciences Research division is headquartered in the Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. IBM’s scientists and other professionals are creating software and AI systems that can convert reams of health data into usable information for clinicians the world over. Royyuru leads Healthcare & Life Sciences research at IBM and his team is actively pursuing high-quality science, developing novel technologies, and achieving translational insights across this industry, including areas of cancer, cardiovascular and metabolic, neurological and mental health, and immunological and infectious diseases.

After his undergraduate and master’s education in human biology and biophysics from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Royyuru obtained his Ph. D. in molecular biology from Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai. He had postdoctoral training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, and a brief stint in scientific software development before joining IBM Research. His work has featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, BBC, Forbes, Scientific American, Nature Medicine, and Nature news articles.

 

4. Amanda Adler
Company: Bain & Company Healthcare
Title: Partner

Amanda Adler is a Partner at Bain & Company, an American management consultancy headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Considered among the "Big Three" management consultancies, Bain & Company helps the world’s most ambitious changemakers define the future. Bain works with healthcare companies to fuel innovation, reduce the cost and complexity of operating systems, and drive value in today’s evolving market, with expertise across pharmaceuticals, medical technology, healthcare payers, and delivery systems.

In her role as Partner, Adler is a cross-sector healthcare expert focused on customer experience and holistic performance improvement. She is also Head of Bain’s New York office's Social Impact program. Since joining the firm in 2006, she has developed expertise across a range of healthcare sectors, including medtech, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, payers, and providers. Recently, she has focused on driving business strategy, customer experience, operating models, and complexity reduction. She has also led an array of diligences for healthcare private equity clients. She holds a BS in finance from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

 

5. Dr. Ulrica Sehlstedt
Company: Arthur D. Little
Title: Managing Partner

Dr. Ulrica Sehlstedt is a Managing Partner in Arthur D. Little’s Stockholm office and Global Practice Leader for Healthcare and Life Sciences. ADL has been at the forefront of innovation since 1886. The company has extensive consulting experience within the healthcare and life sciences sector, covering projects across the value chain of healthcare. Since joining ADL in 2007, Sehlstedt has worked extensively for clients across the healthcare and life sciences ecosystem, helping them to succeed in a changing business environment driven by scientific advancements, disruptive technologies, and industry convergence. Her experience includes growth strategy development, opportunity assessment, R&D effectiveness, operational & commercial due diligence, change management, and program management.

She has worked with global industry players (pharma, biotech, and medtech companies), healthcare providers (public and private), and investors. Before joining ADL, Ulrica was the CEO of a molecular diagnostics startup. She has also been a member of the Swedish Research Council’s Scientific Council for Medicine for six years and served as a member of the 2007 and 2016 national expert panels in Life Science Technologies for Future Research Leaders, a program launched by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research. She holds an MSc in chemical engineering from the Chalmers University of Technology and a PhD in biophysics from Stockholm University.

 

6. Kevin Locke
Company: DHG Healthcare
Title: Managing Principal

Kevin Locke is the Managing Principal of DHG Healthcare, the national healthcare practice of Dixon Hughes Goodman (DHG). A sought-after industry strategist, management consultant, and expert facilitator, Kevin works with healthcare providers, payers, patients, employers, leaders, and Boards to advance their journey toward improved access, quality, and value across the healthcare ecosystem. In addition to his consulting activities, Kevin has leadership responsibility across all aspects of the firm’s healthcare industry practice – audit, tax, and consulting.

With nearly three decades of experience in patient dynamics, hospital challenges, physician issues, and purchaser pressures shaping healthcare delivery and payment today, Kevin plays an integral role in advancing DHG Healthcare’s industry perspectives and Risk Capability framework. Utilizing this experience and perspective, Kevin played a central role in developing DHG’s accelerated strategic planning approach that empowers organizations to envision, strategize, and execute transformational initiatives - PATHWAYS.

Before joining DHG, Kevin co-founded a healthcare strategy consultancy, serving a national base of hospitals and physician practices. He also served as a senior executive of a national healthcare operations and finance company focused on outpatient services. In addition, Kevin started his professional career as a management consultant at a Big Four consultancy, focusing on organizational development and change management.

 

7. Michael Wise
Company: Kearney Health
Title: Partner, Americas Health Practice Leader

Michael Wise is a Partner and the Americas Health Practice Leader at Kearney, an American management consulting firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1929, Kearney is one of the oldest management consulting firms in the U.S. Kearney Health consultants partner with global health care leaders to address the disruptive forces impacting healthcare, including system sustainability, digitally driven innovation, patient-centered care, the rise of precision medicine, wellness, and prevention. In his leadership role, Wise advises clients in the healthcare, biopharmaceutical, retail pharmacy, and healthcare distribution sectors on commercial and operational strategy, supply chain (planning, procurement, manufacturing distribution), and M&A.

Wise is also Kearney's Lead for Sustainability in the Americas, and the Lead Partner for the Boston office. He has fifteen years of consulting experience, spanning strategic and operational engagements with a focus on healthcare and consumer industries. Before joining the firm, he held leadership roles with Zeneca Pharmaceuticals and Gen3 Partners. He earned a Master of Management from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a BS in biology from the University of Notre Dame.

 

8. Kunle Elebute
Company: KPMG Life Sciences
Title: Senior Partner

Kunle Elebute is the Senior Partner for KPMG in Nigeria and the Chairman of KPMG Africa. KPMG is a multinational professional services network, and one of the “Big Four” accounting organizations. The firm’s Life Sciences practice is dedicated to assisting businesses of all sizes, from biotechnology startups to large multinational pharmaceutical companies. Elebute boasts over 37 years of professional experience advising clients across the public/private sectors in Nigeria, West, and Sub-Saharan Africa, with in-depth expertise in corporate governance, infrastructure, governance, and healthcare.

Prior to assuming the role of senior partner, he served as head of various sectors, including the Financial Services Industry (FSI) and more recently Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare (IGH).

Elebute qualified as a chartered accountant in 1986 and has led various strategic and transformational projects for local & global clients. He was admitted as a partner in 1996 and over the years led the Financial Services Audit Practice and Financial Advisory Services in addition to being head of Advisory Services with responsibility for Deal Advisory, Management Consulting, Risk Consulting, and Information Technology Advisory. He holds a BA in economics from the University of Manchester, U.K.

 

9. Jake Henry
Company: McKinsey Life Sciences
Title: Senior Principal, Global Co-Lead of Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products

Jake Henry is a Senior Principal and Global Co-Lead of the Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products practice at McKinsey & Co., a “Big Three” managerial consulting firm. McKinsey Life Sciences is a leading consultancy for pharmaceutical and medical product companies, working across strategy, R&D, operations, and commercial topics. The practice boasts 1,700 consultants with significant healthcare experience, including more than 150 physicians and 250 consultants with advanced degrees in life sciences. Henry co-leads McKinsey’s Life Sciences Practice in North America and globally. For more than 15 years, he has guided pharmaceutical and medical technology company executives on matters of corporate strategy, growth strategy, and operational excellence.

Henry is also one of the firm’s longest-standing advisors to the medical products industry and has helped many of the world’s leading providers of medical devices navigate the rapidly changing value chain. He is an active leader in many Chicago civic enterprises. He serves on the boards of both the Civic Consulting Alliance and Choose Chicago, an organization promoting tourism for the city. He is also an active volunteer for the Chicago chapter of Pets Are Worth Saving (PAWS). He holds a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Duke University.

 

10. Ashwin Gopalakrishnan
Company: TheMathCompany
Title: Senior Partner

Ashwin Gopalakrishnan is a Senior Partner at TheMathCompany, a global analytics
consulting firm. TheMathCompany was founded in 2016 with the vision of empowering people across industries with augmented decision intelligence at speed and solving complex business problems to create simple, scalable, and human-centric solutions. Headquartered in Chicago, Dublin, and Bangalore, the organization has been named one of the fastest-growing AI/ML firms in APAC, with engagements spanning over 45 Fortune 500 and equivalent firms and more than 15 cities globally. Gopalakrishnan heads customer success initiatives for a portfolio of clients as well as the firm’s healthcare practice. In his dual roles, Gopalakrishnan leads strategic direction for the firm’s growing healthcare practice by developing custom analytics solutions and AI/ML products across the healthcare value chain.

With over 12 years of pharma and healthcare consulting experience, his areas of specialization include strategic marketing, product management, and operations. In leading enterprise initiatives and building critical capabilities for AbbVie, Ashwin was an integral part of the commercial organization. He has worked across patient experience, marketing, and sales functions while also collaborating extensively with finance, operations, R&D, legal, and HR divisions. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from RV College of Engineering, Bangalore.

 

11. Martin McGahan
Company: Alvarez & Marsal Healthcare
Title: Managing Director

Martin McGahan is a Managing Director and Co-Head of the Healthcare Industry Group at Alvarez & Marsal (A&M), a New York-based global professional services firm. Founded in 1983, A&M provides advisory, business performance improvement, and turnaround management services, and has notably worked on high-profile cases with Lehman Brothers and HealthSouth. With more than 15 years of healthcare experience, McGahan works with healthcare organizations to drive operational and financial performance improvement. His expertise in corporate finance, restructuring, and the raising of capital (including public and private sources of both debt and equity) enables his clients to strategically re-engineer balance sheets for long-term stability and growth. He also advises several companies in the healthcare services, pharmaceutical, biotechnology industries.

Currently, McGahan serves as a restructuring adviser to several major providers of home healthcare, assisted living facilities, and senior housing. He is also advising a clinical research organization on operational restructuring and capitalization alternatives. Recently, he served as chief restructuring officer of Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers, a $1.5 billion health system in New York City. He holds a BA from Villanova University and an MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

 

12. Greg Reh
Company: Deloitte Consulting Life Sciences
Title: Global Life Sciences Sector Leader

Greg Reh is the Global Life Sciences Sector Leader for Deloitte, the largest professional services network in the world. Deloitte provides audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, tax, and legal services for over 300,000 professionals globally. As of 2020, Deloitte is the 3rd-largest privately owned company in the United States according to Forbes. In 2021, the network earned a record $50.2 billion in aggregate revenues. In his role, Reh advises the life sciences and healthcare clients and practice leaders within Deloitte’s global network, including pharmaceutical, biotech, medtech, payer, provider, and government clients. He also leads Deloitte’s relationship with one of the world’s largest healthcare companies. Prior to his current roles, Reh served as the U.S. life sciences sector leader and the global life sciences sector leader for the firm.

Reh’s experience over the last 27 years includes working with multinational pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and chemical manufacturing organizations, where he led consulting engagements in support of regulatory, clinical, commercial, and manufacturing operations. His engagements focused on technology strategy and solution development; business technology enabled transformation and the management of change. He began his career with roles at BearingPoint, KPMG, and the Naval Air Development Center. He holds an MS from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BSME from Drexel University.

 

13. Vicky Levy
Company: Deloitte/Monitor Deloitte Life Sciences
Title: Global Life Sciences Leader

Vicky Levy is the Global Life Sciences Leader for Deloitte, the largest professional services network in the world. Monitor Deloitte is the multinational business strategy consulting arm of the firm, formed with the acquisition of Monitor Group. Levy leads the Global Life Sciences sector, where she ensures leaders around the world can bring the best of Deloitte to bear in the life sciences sector; she also guides and advises Deloitte Life Sciences leaders across its global network. She brings over 25 years of experience to her role, in which she advises executives across a range of topics, including executive transitions, transformation, culture and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Prior to joining Deloitte, she was a senior partner and principal with Monitor Group, which she joined in 1998. Previously, she was a brand management associate with Proctor & Gamble and an investment banking analyst at Lehman Brothers. She holds a BA in history and economics from Amherst College and an MBA from The Tuck College of Business at Dartmouth College.

 

14. Eric Hillenbrand
Company: AlixPartners
Title: Managing Director

Eric Hillenbrand is a Managing Director at AlixPartners, an American consulting firm best known for its work in the turnaround space. For more than 40 years, AlixPartners has helped businesses around the world respond quickly and decisively to their most critical challenges–circumstances as diverse as urgent performance improvement, accelerated transformation, complex restructuring, and risk mitigation. As a managing director, Hillenbrand serves as Co-Leader of AlixPartners' Americas Business Unit, and member of the leadership team for AlixPartners' Americas management consulting business responsible for strategic, financial, and resource management. He is also a Co-Leader of the Life Sciences industries practice.

Hillenbrand has been a member of AlixPartners’ leadership for nearly two decades. Previously, he served as vice president for several companies, including DuPont, Fluor Corporation, and AT Kearney, Inc. He also served as a senior manager at Ernst & Young. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Princeton and a Master of Science in environmental engineering from George Washington University.

 

15. Jens Raschke
Company: BearingPoint Life Sciences
Title: Global Leader Chemicals, Life Sciences & Resources

Jens Raschke is the Global Leader of Chemicals, Life Sciences & Resources for BearingPoint, a multinational management and technology consulting firm headquartered in Amsterdam. BearingPoint hasEuropean roots and a global reach. The company helps the life sciences sector meet challenges and capture new opportunities through initiatives like digital transformation, managed IT services, and supply chain efficiency improvement. During his career with BearingPoint, Raschke has overseen the operations and strategy of the life sciences and energy sectors, including oil & gas. He has initiated transformation programs to optimize organizations and structures, successfully realizing performance programs and cost optimization programs.

Raschke has been a member of the BearingPoint family since 1995, becoming an expert in all of the company’s operations and strategies and an integral member of the leadership team. He holds an MBA from the University of Cologne and an Executive Education certification from Yale School of Management at Yale University.

 

16. Douglas Martin, MD
Company: Guidehouse
Title: Partner

Douglas Martin, MD, is a Partner with Guidehouse, a consulting firm currently servicing the public and commercial sectors. Based in Washington D.C., Guidehouse is a leading global provider of consulting services to public and commercial markets with broad capabilities in management, technology, and risk consulting. The firm helps clients in a wide variety of industries address their toughest challenges and navigate significant regulatory pressures with a focus on transformational change, business resiliency, and technology-driven innovation. Martin joined Guidehouse with the firm’s acquisition of Leerink Swann Consulting, which he co-founded, in 2014. His primary focus has been in product, disease, and therapeutic area strategy and due diligence on behalf of senior management, pipeline marketing, business/ corporate development teams. He has worked in virtually every therapeutic area and serves primarily biopharmaceutical clients and their investors.

Martin began his consulting career at McKinsey & Company. Prior to joining McKinsey, he completed his residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, served as a teaching fellow at Harvard Medical School, and was elected chief resident at the West Roxbury VA Hospital, one of the program’s two base hospitals. He holds an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

 

17. Olivier Zitoun
Company: Capgemini Healthcare & Life Sciences
Title: Executive Vice President, Global Life Sciences Industry Lead

Olivier Zitoun is Executive Vice President and Global Life Sciences Industry Lead for Capgemini, a French multinational IT services and consulting company. Founded in 1967, Capgemini is a global leader in consulting, digital transformation, technology, and engineering services, partnering with companies to transform and manage their business by harnessing the power of technology. Life Sciences is a priority at Capgemini, and is its fastest-growing sector. The division’s current footprint includes over 100 global biopharma companies—for which Capgemini delivers end-to-end digital transformation and technology services from strategy to implementation at scale—in over 40 countries.

In his role, Zitoun combines technology, innovation, and out-of-the-box thinking with his extensive industry knowledge to help address major challenges. He defines offerings and leads the go-to-market strategy for the Life Sciences group to ensure success in the sector across all continents and top accounts. Before joining Capgemini, he was a partner and life sciences lead for LiquidHub; prior to that, he founded and was CEO of Eveo, which was acquired by LiquidHub. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, he launched Covid19 API, a pro-bono grassroots project meant to ease COVID-19 data sharing. He holds a degree in economics from the University of Paris, Sorbonne.

 

18. Dr. Clemens Oberhammer
Company: Simon-Kucher & Partners
Title: Managing Partner

Dr. Clemens Oberhammer is a Managing Partner of Simon-Kucher & Partners, a global strategy consulting firm; he also manages its Munich office. Founded in 1985, Simon-Kucher & Partners specializes in strategy, marketing, pricing, and sales, powered by around 1,400 professionals worldwide. The company serves a wide array of industries and sectors, including healthcare, life sciences, banking and financial institutions, software technology, and more.

Clemens specializes in B2B pricing, discounting, channel management, sales, and incentive systems. He works with international companies mainly from the healthcare and distribution industries, as well as many B2B companies. Clemens joined Simon-Kucher & Partners in 2004. Before moving to Munich, he worked for several years at the North American offices.

Clemens graduated from the University of Passau and the University of Parma in 1998. Upon completion of his studies, he worked as a research and teaching assistant at Humboldt University in Berlin, where he earned his Ph.D. in the field of experimental game theory in 2003.

 

19. Margaret Guerin-Calvert
Company: FTI Consulting
Title: Senior Managing Director, President of Center for Healthcare Economics and Policy

Margaret Guerin-Calvert is a Senior Managing Director for FTI Consultation, a business advisory firm headquartered in Washington, DC. Founded in 1982, FTI Consulting is a top global management consulting firm specializing in corporate finance and restructuring, economic consulting, forensic and litigation consulting, strategic communications, and technology. The firm has participated in several high-profile bankruptcies and investigations in the U.S., including for Lehman Brothers and General Motors. Guerin-Calvert joined FTI in 2012, where she also serves as President of the company’s Center for Healthcare Economics and Policy.

In addition to her role as Senior Managing Director, Guerin-Calvert is the founding president of its Center for Healthcare Economics and Policy, which assists FTI clients across the healthcare sector. She boasts over 30 years of experience as an economist in competition and regulatory policy, mergers, and intellectual property. She is also a founding director of Compass Lexecon, where she has served as a senior consultant and continues to provide strategic input. Previously, she served as assistant chief of the U.S. Department of Justice antitrust division, was an economist at the Federal Reserve Board, and taught economics at Duke University. She holds a BA in economics from Brown University and an MPA from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

 

20. Amy Flynn
Company: Grant Thornton Healthcare & Life Sciences
Title: National Life Sciences Leader

Amy Flynn is the National Life Sciences Leader for Grant Thornton Healthcare & Life Sciences, an audit, tax, and advisory firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1924, Grant Thornton is the sixth-largest US accounting and advisory firm. Under the company’s Life Sciences practice, Flynn and her team help organizations navigate evolving challenges and constant change with their industry.

Flynn boasts more than 30 years of experience, from pharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostic management to leadership across the spectrum of business functions. Before joining Grant Thornton as a managing director in 2018, she spent eight years with TayganPoint Consulting Group. She also served as a strategy consultant with Society for Conservation Biology and a senior consultant with Growth River, LLC. From 2001-2004, she was a director of business development for Whatman, and she held a variety of engineering and management roles with Ortho Clinical Diagnostics. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and an MBA from the Rutgers Graduate School of Management, as well as a Master’s of Education from Temple University.

 

21. Robin Dufresne
Company: CSG Government Solutions
Title: Director, Healthcare and Human Services Practice

Robin Dufresne is the Healthcare and Human Services Practice Director with CSG Government Solutions, a national IT project management services company specializing in government systems modernization. Since she joined CSG in 2012, the company has expanded its footprint to serve 46 states and territories, significantly grown its workforce with experienced and talented consultants, and established the highest reputation for excellence. She is a member of CSG’s Executive Leadership Team and reports directly to the CEO. Dufresne has 15 years of healthcare consulting experience, including four years with the State of Maine, where she served as Medicaid Operations Director and used a novel approach to replace and modernize the state’s Medicaid systems.

Dufresne is a thought leader in Healthcare IT and reform initiatives and has a respected presence in national industry groups. She has collaborated with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as a member of the Medicaid Technology Alliance, helping to guide state Medicaid agencies toward modular systems implementations that lower operational costs and improve outcomes. She also served as the board chair for the Private Sector Technology Group and led collaboration activities with CMS and the State Technology Advisory Group. Robin has a Master of Science in Management degree in healthcare administration from New England College.

 

22. Dennis A. Beall
Company: SpendMend
Title: Medical Device Audit and Compliance Manager

Dennis Beall is the Manager of Medical Device Audit and Compliance for SpendMend, LLC. SpendMend is a healthcare audit and consulting firm striving to help hospitals improve patient care through the delivery of innovative cost savings solutions, insightful transaction analysis, and improved visibility across business relationships. Over 72% of the nation’s top healthcare systems partner with SpendMend to improve their processes and reduce their overall cost of care while maintaining their high standards of service, quality, and outcomes.

Beall has over 30 years of experience in the auditing and consulting field and has spent the past 14 years working exclusively in the healthcare industry. He was instrumental in creating “Mock OIG Audit” and “Warranty Tracking Program,” which are two programs used to help hospitals become 100% compliant with OIG and Medicare regulations. Beall and his team at SpendMend manage the complex work of recognizing, tracking, and reporting these credits to the appropriate personnel of each hospital to ensure all OIG and Medicare regulations are met. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration at Middle Georgia State University.

 

23. John Derse
Company: Mercer
Title: Senior Partner, Health Care Industry Vertical Leader

John Derse is a Senior Partner and Health Care Industry Vertical Leader at Mercer, a consulting firm and subsidiary of Marsh McLennan. Mercer believes in building brighter futures by redefining the world of work, reshaping retirement and investment outcomes, and unlocking real health and well-being. Mercer’s more than 25,000 employees are based in 44 countries and the firm operates in over 130 countries. From the company’s Charlotte, North Carolina offices, Derse leads Mercer Health Provider Advisory, Mercer’s healthcare industry vertical. His consulting is in the area of People Strategy. which includes strategy, alignment/change management, and workforce analytics and rewards providing clients with "end to end" strategic advice concerning the design, implementation, and operation of human capital and the HR function.

Previously, Derse was a partner at Ernst & Young, overseeing people-effectiveness consulting. He began his career with Mercer as a partner in 1983, serving in an array of roles over his 28-year tenure, including as a global leader for business transformation solutions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from St. Lawrence University.

 

24. Maulik Bhagat
Company: AArete
Title: Managing Director

Maulik Bhagat is a Managing Director of Digital and Data Services at AArete, a global management consulting firm. AArete drives client value through strategic profitability improvement, data-driven solutions, and market intelligence. The company works across all industries and business functions to optimize profits in a compressed time frame. AArete humanizes data by translating numbers into actionable insights, helping clients make better decisions and working by their side to foster change with confidence, empathy, and purpose. In addition to Digital and Data Services, Bhagat leads both the Healthcare Payer practice and AArete’s International Business. Bhagat boasts over 15 years of experience in operational and management consulting across multiple industries, having worked with Ernst & Young, Protiviti Consulting, and Huron Consulting.

Bhagat has experience leading large consulting engagements for clients, delivering measurable bottom-line improvement, digitally enabled process efficiencies, and organizational change through fact-based, data-intensive analysis combined with domain expertise. He is a published author and quoted industry expert in publications like Managed Healthcare Executive, Chain Drug Review, ThinkAdvisor, American Pharmacists Association, and Chain Store Age. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), a bachelor’s in accounting and finance from Mumbai University, and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor and a Six Sigma Green Belt.

 

25. Kevin Bibby
Company: Deallus
Title: Senior Principal

Kevin Bibby is Senior Principal at Deallus, a strategic intelligence consultancy operating across the global life sciences sector. Founded in 2004, Deallus uses competitive intelligence to provide a wide array of unique strategies, such as brand development, product launching, benchmarking, and more. The company also supplies superior insights, like competitor threat analysis and best practice advisory. In his role as senior principal, Bibby leads commercial strategy consulting engagements, bolstered by his nearly 30 years of experience and elite track record of success. He blends a strong business development portfolio across the life sciences sector with a deep knowledge of commercial strategy, project delivery, and workshop facilitation.

Before joining Deallus, Bibby was a senior director and business development director at Consulting for McCann Health (CMH); he also served the company as senior director and general manager at its London headquarters. Previously, he spent 11 years in leadership roles at IMS Health, including as director of innovation and director of analyst services. He also served as the director of healthcare corporate finance. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physiological sciences from Oxford University.

 

26. Aaron Aude
Company: Centric Consulting
Title: Healthcare Practice Lead

Aaron Aude is the Healthcare Practice Lead for Centric Consulting, a management consulting firm based in Dayton, Ohio. Centric Consulting guides its clients’ search for answers to complex digital, business, and technology problems by asking tough questions, leading crucial conversations. and synergizing expertise. The company strives to help customers conquer change, optimize processes, elevate their technology, and compete in a digital world. With more than twenty years of experience in consulting, and a few years as a business owner, Aude is responsible for building and growing Centric’s National Enterprise Collaboration practice. He also serves as a Partner and Director of the company’s health and life sciences vertical.

Aude joined Centric Consulting in 2006 as a senior manager, quickly rising to the position of director of enterprise collaboration. Previously, he was a practice leader at LUCRUM, a senior consultant with Whittman-Hart and Sycamore Software Development Corporation, and an analyst with Mosler Safe and Meridian Bioscience, Inc. Aude is also an adjunct faculty member at Southeastern University and Miami University of Ohio. He holds a BS in biology from Roanoke College and an MS in bioinformatics from Johns Hopkins University.

 

27. Sicely Donaldson
Company: Point B
Title: Health and Life Sciences Practice Director

Sicely Donaldson is the Health and Life Sciences Practice Director for Point B, a Seattle-based consulting company. For 25 years, Point B has been dedicated to helping organizations with critical initiatives in the areas of customer engagement, growth investments, workforce experience, operations excellence, and execution capacity. The firm provides expertise in the life sciences and health ecosystem as well as financial services, energy, retail, consumer products, media and entertainment, technology, and much more. As the director of the Health and Life Sciences Practice, she leads the department’s growth and strategy for more than one-third of the award-winning company’s business.

Before ascending to her current leadership role, Donaldson served as the practice leader for Point B’s Oregon regions across Healthcare, Retail CPG/Athletic & Outdoor, Technology, Energy & Utilities, Financial Services, and Public Sector industries. During her near-20-year career with the company, she has also held portfolio and account leadership roles and consultant positions. Before joining Point B, she began her career as a manager in Accenture’s health and life sciences practice. She holds a BA in psychology from Oregon State University.

 

28. Tina Vidal-Duart
Company: CDR Maguire/CDR Health (CEO)
Title: Executive Vice President

Tina Vidal-Duart is the Executive Vice President of CDR Maguire, a Miami-based consulting company. Founded in 1938 as an engineering firm, CDR provides consulting services in engineering, emergency management solutions, and disaster health and medical services. In 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CDR Health was founded to set up and operate COVID-19 clinics across the state of Florida. Vidal-Duart was installed as CDR Health’s Chief Executive Officer; she led the launch of the group’s network of field hospitals and clinics, which provide COVID testing, vaccinations, and therapeutics to Florida residents. The group is responsible for processing over 2.6 million vaccinations to date.

Vidal-Duart has served CDR Maguire as EVP since joining the company in 2015, providing administrative and operational oversight, leadership in health and emergency management, and more. Before joining CDR Maguire, she founded Pooch Perks, serving as president until the company’s successful acquisition in 2017. Previously, she was VP of business development for Pacer Corporation. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in international business from Florida International University.

 

29. Adam Farber
Company: Boston Consulting Group
Title: Managing Director & Senior Partner

Adam Farber is a Managing Director & Senior Partner with the Boston Consulting Group, one of the largest management consulting firms in the world. For almost 50 years, BCG has been a pioneer and leader in business strategy, including innovating the growth-share matrix portfolio management framework. Farber serves BCG in a number of capacities; in addition to his role as Global Leader of BCG's Health Care practice, he is also the Chair of its Industry Practices and a member of the firm’s Global Operating Committee. He has spent more than two decades working with BCG, first as a consultant in the field of biopharmaceuticals and eventually expanding to encompass all facets of the firm’s healthcare operations.

Before he ascended to his role as leader of the global healthcare practice, Farber was the regional leader of the company’s healthcare practice for North and South America. Prior to joining BCG, Adam worked at the management consultancy Lochridge & Company. He holds a BA in government and economics from Dartmouth University and an MBA in finance from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania.

 

30. Herman Sanchez
Company: Trinity Life Sciences
Title: Senior Partner

Herman Sanchez is a Senior Partner at Trinity Life Sciences, a Massachusetts-based consulting firm. Trinity is a trusted strategic partner, providing evidence-based solutions for life sciences. With over 20 years of experience, the company is committed to solving its clients’ most challenging problems through exceptional levels of service, powerful tools, and data-driven insights. For over 15 years, Sanchez has been a partner with the Trinity team, working closely with clients to support strategic decision-making across the product lifecycle. As a leader at Trinity, he has worked to build out of the company’s European office and helps to run and build centers of excellence in Market Access, Launch, and Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR).

Previously, Sanchez was a senior associate at Boston Healthcare and a project manager with Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is a proud supporter of Peace First, which empowers young people to change the world around them. In college, he served as one of the organization’s leaders and has been an active contributor and consultant since. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Harvard University and an MBA from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

 

31. Alex Vadas
Company: LEK Life Sciences & Pharma
Title: Managing Director

Alex Vadas is the Managing Director of Life Sciences & Pharma with LEK Consulting, a British management consulting firm. Founded in London in 1983 by three partners from Bain & Company, LEK operates principally in the areas of corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and operations, covering a variety of industries including life sciences, healthcare, energy, and financial services. LEK’s Life Sciences & Pharma practice helps life sciences and pharmaceutical executives develop practical strategies and plans to improve healthcare for patients and succeed in a dynamic global healthcare market. Vadas joined LEK in 2000 and focuses on diagnostics, research tools, and personalized medicine. Within those areas, he has worked with a range of established and emerging clients in the areas of corporate strategy, product strategy, and planning and transaction support. He received both his BS and his Doctor of Philosophy in chemical engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.

 

32. Randy Baker
Company: Mindseeker
Title: President, Healthcare Solutions

Randy Baker is the President of Healthcare Solutions with Mindseeker, Inc., a professional services company focused on the government marketplace. Mindseeker was founded in 2000 as an IT staffing company, eventually working across different industry verticals and increasing its capabilities to expand the company’s footprint. As of January 2020, Mindseeker, Inc. exclusively supports federal agencies across civilian, DoD, and intelligence communities. Baker is a seasoned and technically sophisticated executive, equipped with broad-based years of experience in health in­formation management services, operations, and technologies. He possesses a stellar reputation for developing and executing business solutions with health­care C-level executives, revenue cycle, and HIM and HIT departments.

Before joining Mindseeker, Baker briefly served as chief operating officer for Keystrokes Transcription Service. He also served as CEO, COO, and president of Diskriter, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the California University of Pennsylvania.

 

33. Michael Patti
Company: Baker Tilly Healthcare & Life Sciences
Title: Principal

Michael Patti is a Principal with Baker Tilly US, a public accounting and consulting firm headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Baker Tilly has a team of experienced professionals that provide management consulting, technology, and financial planning for healthcare organizations across the health plan, provider, and life sciences spectrum.

As a Partner in Baker Tilly’s healthcare consulting practice, Patti leads the health plan consulting arm of the organization. With more than 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry, he leads teams of consultants focused on implementing solutions to help health plans navigate the operational transformations required to tackle a myriad of issues they are facing today—including implementing new reimbursement models and cost and utilization efficiency-building capabilities to engage consumers and other emerging health plan markets.

Prior to joining Baker Tilly in 2003, Patti worked in the consulting practice of Bearing Point, a global professional services firm, as well as Arthur Andersen. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting and management computer systems from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

 

34. Lance Minor
Company: BDO USA, LLP, Life Sciences
Title: Principal, National Life Sciences Co-Leader

Lance Minor is a Principal and National Life Sciences Co-Leader of BDO USA, LLP, the United States member firm of BDO International, a global accounting and advisory network. For more than 100 years, BDO USA has been recognized as a premier accounting, tax, financial advisory, and consulting organization. Providing services to a wide range of publicly traded and privately held companies, the firm offers a sophisticated array of services and global capabilities combined with the personal attention of experienced and committed professionals. Minor brings more than 25 years of experience across business startups and multiple functions in biotech. His leadership for BDO's BioProcess Technology Group (BPTG) relies on his entrepreneurial spirit and business passion for facing challenges in biotech manufacturing, supply planning, strategy, and clinical development.

During his career, Lance has held leadership positions ranging from strategic program leadership in vaccines and biologicals to director of bulk manufacturing and network strategies to vice president of late-stage product development operations. He has worked with several notable health and life science companies, such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer, MedImmune, Novartis, and Wyeth Biotech.

He holds a BS in microbiology and chemistry from Cornell University and an MBA from the Cornell Johnson Graduate School of Management.

 

35. Stephane Budel, PhD
Company: DeciBio Consulting
Title: Co-founder, Partner

Stephane Budel co-founded DeciBio Consulting, a strategy consulting firm dedicated to the precision medicine field. He believes that the precision medicine revolution will be primarily driven by tools and diagnostics. Budel’s thought leadership, entrepreneurial vision, and trademark passion led DeciBio to emerge as a top-tier life science consulting firm and become one of the youngest firms to ever rank in the Vault Consulting 50. At DeciBio, Budel merges his business expertise and scientific background to help life science companies solve their most challenging business issues. He is an expert in breakthrough precision medicine technologies—such as Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS)—and their unique applications and opportunities.

Beyond consulting, his opinions and forecasts are regularly sought out for publications, financial filings, legal proceedings, and conferences. He has instilled entrepreneurship into DeciBio’s DNA since its earliest days, to the extent that consultants have developed multiple revenue-generating software and data intelligence products.

Before founding DeciBio, he was a senior life sciences specialist at LEK Consulting. He also spent several years in postgraduate roles at Yale University. He holds an MS in physiology from the University of Geneva and a Ph.D. in neurology from Yale University.

 

36. Thomas Westrick
Company: GE Healthcare Partners
Title: President & CEO, Life Care Solutions

Thomas Westrick is President and Chief Executive Officer of Life Care Solutions at GE Healthcare, a healthcare and life sciences consulting firm and a subsidiary of General Electric. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, GE Healthcare is a leading global medical technology and digital solutions innovator, enabling clinicians to make faster, more informed decisions through intelligent devices, data analytics, applications, and services, supported by its Edison intelligence platform. In his role, Westrick leads a Strategic Business Unit that provides clinicians and frontline caregivers with a variety of virtual and digital solutions and medical devices covering cardiology, monitoring, maternal-infant care, anesthesia, acute and respiratory care.

He joined GE Healthcare in 2003 as a global controller and chief accounting officer. He was also named chief risk officer in 2010 and was responsible for driving a comprehensive enterprise risk management program. Prior to joining GE Healthcare, he spent 13 years in public accounting with Arthur Andersen LLP and with Deloitte & Touche LLP in the audit and consulting practice, serving a variety of global companies. He holds a BBA in accounting, risk management, and insurance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

37. Heather Cianfrocco
Company: OptumRX
Title: Chief Executive Officer

Heather Cianfrocco is the Chief Executive Officer of OptumRX, a UnitedHealth Group company. OptumRX is an industry-leading provider of pharmacy care services specializing in connecting the brightest people, places, and ideas across the healthcare system to create better care for everyone. The company strives to improve experiences and lifelong health outcomes for everyone while discovering new ways to make care more affordable. Cianfrocco was named as chief executive officer of OptumRx in April 2021; in this role, Cianfrocco drives efforts to advance whole-person health through a unique, synchronized approach that produces better outcomes, simpler consumer experiences, and lower costs.

She previously served as chief executive officer for Optum Health Services, where she was responsible for behavioral health, population health solutions, and medical benefit management. Since joining UnitedHealth Group in 2008, she has held numerous leadership roles, including chief executive officer of UnitedHealthcare Community & State, senior vice president of Health Advancement and Clinical Transformation for UnitedHealthcare Medicare & Retirement, and chief executive officer of state and regional health plans. Prior to joining UnitedHealth Group, Cianfrocco worked in private legal practices in Pittsburgh, where she concentrated on corporate and securities law, representing health care entities in mergers and acquisitions. She holds a master's degree in health care delivery science from Dartmouth College and a Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University School of Law.

 

38. Pratap Khedkar
Company: ZS Associates
Title: Chief Executive Officer

Pratap Khedkar is the Chief Executive Officer of ZS Associates, a management consulting and professional services firm focusing on consulting, software, and technology. Headquartered in Evanston, Illinois, ZS works side by side with companies to help develop and deliver products that drive customer value and company results. It leverages deep industry expertise, leading-edge analytics, technology, and strategy to create solutions that work in the real world. Khedkar was made CEO of ZS in July 2021. Prior to this, he led the firm’s global pharmaceuticals practice for nine years, as well as a practice focused on the dynamics of healthcare ecosystems. He founded and led its advanced data science capability track, which focuses on AI. He has also served on the company’s board since 2012.

A recognized healthcare industry expert, Pratap regularly contributes his insights to publications including The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Businessweek, Business Insider, Fortune, Medical Marketing & Media, NPR, Pharmaceutical Executive, and others. Previously, he was an R&D researcher with General Electric. Pratap holds a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.Tech in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.

 

39. Alistair Macdonald
Company: Syneos Health
Title: Chief Executive Officer

Alistair Macdonald is the Chief Executive Officer of Syneos Health, a multinational contract research organization based in Morrisville, North Carolina. Syneos Health is a fully-integrated, end-to-end clinical and commercial solution provider. The company is purpose-built for biopharmaceutical acceleration, creating better, smarter, and faster ways to help clients navigate an increasingly complex marketplace. It addresses today’s market realities through clinical and commercial sharing expertise, data, and insights to meet the needs of emerging and existing global biopharmaceutical companies. Macdonald is an experienced senior executive with strong delivery orientation backed by 20 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry.

Prior to Syneos Health, Alistair served as CEO of INC Research, leading global operations and driving the company’s global expansion, overall project delivery, and implementation of new technologies, processes, and solutions. His tenure with INC started in 1999, where he served in leadership roles in strategy development and global services. He holds a Bachelor of Science in applied geology from Plymouth Polytechnic, a Master of Science in environmental diagnostics from Cranfield University, and a Diploma Qualification from the U.K. Institute of Directors.

 

40. Annapoorani Bhat
Company: PYA
Title: Principal - Healthcare Consulting

Annapoorani Bhat is a Principal in Healthcare Consulting with PYA (Pershing Yoakley & Associates, PC), a national professional services firm providing management consulting and accounting. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee, PYA has specialized expertise in healthcare consulting and certified public accounting, with over 35 years of market experience. In 2015, Modern Healthcare ranked PYA as the 9th-largest independent healthcare consulting firm in the United States. In her role, Bhat specializes in valuation and related consulting services for companies in the health sciences sector, including providers, payers, pharmaceutical companies, and healthcare technology companies.

Bhat joined PYA in 2013 as a consulting senior manager in the firm’s healthcare vertical, focused on valuation services to facilitate acquisitions, mergers, financial reporting, and more. Prior to joining PYA, she was a manager of valuation and business modeling with EY and a corporate value consultant for Standard & Poor’s. She holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the National University of Singapore, a Master of Business Administration degree from Boston College, and a Master of Social Science degree in applied economics from the National University of Singapore.

 

41. Joe Adams
Company: RSM US Life-Sciences
Title: Managing Partner & CEO

Joe Adams is Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner at RSM US, a leading provider of audit, tax, and consulting services to middle-market enterprises. Based in Chicago, Illinois, RSM takes a client-centric approach to business consulting, delivering positive results to clients in an array of focus industries, including consumer products, financial services, healthcare, real estate and telecommunications—and many more. In 2021, the firm was named one of the “Best Workplaces in Consulting & Professional Services” by Great Place to Work and recognized on Human Rights Campaign’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index. Since 2011, Adams has led RSM as its CEO, and has with the help of his team doubled the size of the organization through organic growth and strategic transactions with more than a dozen firms, including the buyback of RSM McGladrey and the launch of RSM Canada.

Adams joined RSM (formerly McGladrey LLP) in 1979 and has been a member of the firm's leadership since 2008, serving as regional managing director of the Great Lakes region and office managing partner for the Chicagoland offices. He is active in the Chicago community and currently serves as a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. He holds BS and MBA degrees from DePaul University.

 

42. Jon Williams
Company: Cello Health
Title: CEO

Jon Williams is the Chief Executive Officer of Cello Health, a global healthcare-focused advisory firm and, since 2020, a subsidiary of Arsenal Capital Partners. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Cello Health is a vibrant and growing healthcare consultancy with expertise in science, strategy, insight, and communications. Cello Health delivers bold solutions and insightful recommendations to help its clients deliver drugs and innovations that have a remarkable impact on people’s lives. In 2020, the company was acquired for nearly $250 million by Arsenal Capital Partners, a specialized private equity firm investing in healthcare and industrials companies. Upon the closing of the deal, Williams was named Group CEO of the new enterprise, which operates under the umbrella of Pharma Value Demonstration, an Arsenal portfolio company.

Previously, Williams served as a senior advisor for the healthcare team at Arsenal. He also founded and served as CEO and president of Evidera until its acquisition by Pharmaceutical Product Development in 2016. Before that, he was a senior VP with the United BioSource Corporation and a senior principal with The Boston Consulting Group. He holds a BS in molecular biology and biochemistry from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

 

43. B. Douglas Bernheim, Ph.D
Company: Bates White Life Sciences
Title: Partner

B. Douglas Bernheim is a Partner with Bates White, a privately held economic consulting firm specializing in advanced economic, financial, and econometric analysis. Bates White Economic Consulting offers services to law firms, Fortune 500 companies, and government agencies, providing expertise in complex matters that require sophisticated problem solving and deep empirical analysis. Dr. Bernheim also serves as an Advisor with Bates White and is the Edward Ames Edmunds Professor of Economics and Chair of the Economics Department at Stanford University.

Dr. Bernheim provides expert testimony in high-profile litigation, mergers, and regulatory matters on such topics as market definition, competitive impact, countervailing efficiencies, monopolization, antitrust liability, causation, and damages. He has authored numerous expert reports, testified at deposition and trial, and assessed liability or damages in several industries. Dr. Bernheim has more than 25 years of experience and is a recognized leader in the academic community for his many contributions in the areas of industrial organization, public finance, applied econometrics, and microeconomic theory.

He holds multiple distinctions, including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and is a Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Econometric Society Fellow. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

44. Terri Welter
Company: ECG Management Consultants
Title: Principal

Terri Welter is a Principal with ECG Management Consultants, a San Diego, California-based healthcare consulting firm. ECG Management Consultants has been the trusted adviser for thousands of projects across health systems, hospitals, academic medical centers, and medical groups since its founding in 1973. The firm applies nearly five decades of knowledge and expertise to help clients of all sizes and scopes find success in the new model of healthcare. Welter’s expertise in the area of managed care is unmatched in the healthcare industry. The head of ECG’s Managed Care Services division, she has spent nearly 20 years helping providers develop innovative payment approaches, negotiate contracts, devise reimbursement strategies, and ultimately improve revenues.

Clients appreciate her forward thinking and her keen understanding of evolving payer/provider payment models, and she is highly regarded for her ability to achieve tangible, lasting results. She holds a BA in pre-professional studies and psychology from the University of Notre Dame and an MS in healthcare administration from Villanova University.

 

45. Robert Reich
Company: LexaMed
Title: President

Robert Reich is the President of LexaMed Ltd., a contract testing laboratory and life sciences consulting company. Based in Toledo, Ohio, LexaMed's mission is to offer quality, compliant value-added services, and products to its clients courteously, expeditiously, and at a fair price. The company is dedicated to providing the pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotechnology industries with quality, compliant, state-of-the-art services in the areas of consulting, auditing, and laboratory testing. In his role as president, Reich is responsible for overall corporate management and profitability of the company, including the consulting group, marketing and sales for consulting, laboratory services, and proprietary products.

Prior to joining LexaMed, Reich served as president & chief science and technical officer for Pharmaceutical Systems, Inc. during a 15-year tenure. He also served as VP of microbiology for Ethox Corp, and in supervisory roles at Pfizer and the Castle Company (now Getinge). He holds three degrees in microbiology: a BS from Rutgers University, an MS from the University of Wisconsin, and a Ph.D. from Indiana State University.

 

46. Rob McCarville
Company: Medical Consulting Group
Title: Managing Principal

Rob McCarville is a Managing Principal at Medical Consulting Group, a medical industry consulting company. Established in 1989, Medical Consulting Group has grown from a small startup consulting firm with one employee to having more than 40 employees across Springfield, Missouri, and Fayetteville, Arkansas. Built on the cornerstone of hard work and Midwestern ethics, MCG has assisted hundreds of medical practices across the United States and Canada and has quickly evolved into one of the premier medical consulting firms. McCarville is a pivotal figure in the planning, development, and ongoing management of ambulatory surgical centers. He has been successful in building collaboration among surgeons and hospitals in the promotion of joint-venture ASCs. Rob has been involved with more than 30 centers, with strong growth in orthopedic, multi-specialty, and surgeon-hospital joint venture facilities, as well as the billing and collection service.

McCarville has an extensive portfolio in the field of healthcare management, administration, and strategy. Before joining the MCG consulting team in 2002, Rob was responsible for overseeing 16 separate physician practices, building a strong reputation by developing innovative strategies to increase profitability. He holds a BA in general science from the University of Northern Iowa and an MPA with a healthcare specialization from Drake University.

 

47. Jeff Gourdji
Company: Prophet Consulting
Title: Partner

Jeff Gourdji is a Partner at Prophet, an integrated consulting firm and agency that specializes in branding, marketing, design, analytics, and innovation. Headquartered in San Francisco, Prophet helps clients unlock uncommon growth in the face of disruption. Its global team combines insight, creativity, data, and technology to unlock growth that is human-centered, transformative, and durable. As the leader of Prophet’s healthcare practice, Gourdji works with a team of brilliant consultants to help healthcare organizations drive growth and fulfill their missions.

With over 20 years of leading high-impact marketing and strategy projects, Jeff brings a breadth of experience that comes from working across many industries as a marketing practitioner, management consultant, and political strategist. Prior to joining Prophet in 2008, Jeff worked for the Zyman Group, Kraft Foods, and as a political and legislative strategist. His book, which he co-authored with Scott Davis, “Making the Healthcare Shift: The Transformation to Consumer-Centricity” was published in 2019. He holds a BA in political science from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

 

48. Clarke Murphy
Company: Russell Reynolds Associates Healthcare
Title: Chief Executive Officer

Clarke Murphy is the Chief Executive Officer of Russell Reynolds Associates, a global leadership advisory and search firm. Established in 1969, Russell Reynolds Associates assists international and domestic companies to develop leaders, assess business processes, and recruit new executives. It provides leadership advisory and executive recruiting services. The firm’s healthcare practice consultants recruit, develop, and advise board members, CEOs, and senior functional leadership to thrive in the increasingly complex world of healthcare. Murphy has served the company as CEO since 2012. Since joining the firm, Murphy has conducted a number of significant projects in the industry, including Fortune 100 board searches and CEO successions. He has also overseen board of director searches for Wells Fargo, UnitedHealth Group, and MSCI.

Before his appointment as CEO, he was the Global Leader of the firm's CEO/Board Services Practice. Murphy has more than 25 years of experience in the executive recruiting industry, having joined Russell Reynolds Associates in 1988. Prior to joining Russell Reynolds Associates, Clarke was a commercial banking officer at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company (now part of JPMorgan Chase) in New York. He holds a BA in history from the University of Virginia.​

 

49. Alejandro Martinez
Company: SDG Group Healthcare & Life Sciences
Title: Partner and CEO, USA & Canada

Alejandro Martinez is a Partner and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. and Canada for SDG Group, a global consulting firm specializing in data and analytics. SDG Group has a leading vision in the practices of business analytics, corporate performance management, and advanced business architectures. Since its beginning, SDG’s Healthcare & Life Sciences practice has been working with the pharmaceutical and chemical industries helping in both analytical and performance management needs. In addition to his other roles, Martinez has led the Healthcare & Life Science division since 2013. He also prospected the business and partners in the Benelux region for SDG Group, as well as started and continues working with the team to consolidate SDG Group USA and introduce a new wave of innovation.

Before joining SDG Group, Alejandro developed his professional career in important local and international companies as a Business Intelligence Consultant. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and management, postgraduate degree in international management, and a master’s degree in project management and direction from the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain. He also has a degree in business engineering from the School of Engineering of Antioquia, Colombia.

 

50. Lawrence Vesey
Company: Sia Partners
Title: Partner

Lawrence Vesey is a Partner at Sia Partners, an French independent management consulting firm. Sia Partners supports local and national players at all stages of their transformation, from establishing their financial model to implementing digital innovation strategies. Vesey joined Sia Partners upon the acquisition of Pathfinder Consulting, which he co-founded; Pathfinder is now the leading independent consulting firm in Ireland. In his current role, he is responsible for the Delivery & Assurance practice and has significant experience delivering major technology and transformation programs across a range of industries.

Vesey has over 25 years of consulting experience, working across a range of industries including financial services, healthcare, agribusiness, transport, and utilities. He has significant experience in managing and delivering major business and technology transformation programs. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accountancy and a master’s degree in mathematics and computer science from University College Dublin.