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Private Equity

Evaluate potential, improve performance and plan for future growth

During tough economic times, our private equity client’s portfolio companies are doing more with fewer resources. We support their operational and performance improvement initiatives in a variety of industries, including aerospace, construction and manufacturing.

Many firms can provide input on financial issues, but we focus on people and the improvements that can be realized through implementation of more efficient process, better organizational structure and clear, concise goals and communication. For our private equity clients, we provide guidance across the investment lifecycle:


Strategy and Targeting: Discover potential undervalued companies ripe for acquisition.

Operational due diligence: Understand the ability of the target company to achieve the results outlined in the business plan, given the current operational facilities and capital expenditure outlined. The diligence process will also determine the potential for additional value creation and any issues that will decrease value or be of high risk.


Integration post-merger or acquisition: 3-step process to achieve integration success: strategy, planning and execution. The strategy phase builds a solid foundation for integration – a process to bring senior executives together to reach alignment on the key strategies and develop a clear understanding of the barriers to reaching the goal. Planning develops a roadmap for successful integration, including specific details on how to overcome the barriers identified in strategy.

Creation and Realization

Optimizing current operations to reach target goals: Our history has been in helping companies achieve their goals – no matter how big or small. We provide post-purchase operational consulting with a focus on delivering measurable results.

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Client Partner

Financial Services, Marketing & Consumer Products

Petrina is a creative, hands-on executive with over 25 years of international business experience with a proven track record of working collaboratively across traditional boundaries and solving complex operational issues. She previously served at the senior executive level of one of North America’s leading financial institutions and several global consulting organizations. There, she led engagements serving industry-leading clients in United States, Canada, England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Norway and the Netherlands.

Head of Organizational Development

Don is an internationally recognized organizational change and development expert with 33 years of global experience in partnering with results-oriented clients to achieve sustainable behavioral change and targeted bottom-line results in productivity, quality and profitability. He is recognized for fostering high levels of enterprise-wide sustainable performance improvement ownership. Don’s key strengths include his ability to engage stakeholders at all levels, create collaborative environments and work within the culture to achieve leadership, management and employee breakthrough results.

Presenting Analyst

John is a Senior Executive and Presenting Analyst at The Highland Group with more than 30 years of leadership experience in management consulting. He has led hundreds of global consulting engagements that delivered an array of operational improvement solutions with total client benefits exceeding $1 billion dollars.

Project Leader

Financial Services

North America

Brandon is a senior project leader and consultant with more than 12 years of experience in helping financial services firms maximize revenue and control costs through continuous improvement. He specializes in implementing efficiency, service and quality process enhancements in Fortune 500 companies by utilizing Lean and Six Sigma principles.