Alison Banks is a Vice President in Kaiser Associates’ Consumer Goods & Retail Practice. She has been with the firm since 2003 and is based in Washington, DC.
Alison has partnered with leading Consumer Goods & Retail companies and Consumer-focused PE firms to drive growth and productivity initiatives globally. She specializes in White-Space Growth, Go-to-Market Capability Building, and Supply Chain Benchmarking.
Alison holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Bowdoin College.
Jason Brooke is a Principal in Kaiser Associates’ Financial Services & Payments Practice. He has been with the firm since 2014 and is based in Washington, D.C.
Jason has partnered with global payment networks, banks, and financial technology firms to drive growth initiatives. He specializes in competitive intelligence, market opportunity assessments, customer segmentation, and voice-of-customer analysis. Prior to Kaiser, Jason led the financial services program at the Initiative for Global Development.
Jason graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury College with a BA in Political Science and Spanish, where he also played on the varsity soccer team.
Ali Cumber is a Vice President in Kaiser Associates’ Industrial Goods and Services Practice. He has been with the firm since 2011 and is based in Washington, DC.
Ali has partnered with leading industrial manufacturing and services companies to drive growth initiatives globally. He specializes in corporate strategy including market opportunity assessments, go-to-market strategy, product/mix strategy, and voice-of-customer studies. In addition to Kaiser, Ali has supported clients while at KPMG’s Strategy Practice and AngelouEconomics.
Ali holds an MBA from Georgetown University and a BA in Economics from Boston University.
Mike Curtis is a Principal in Kaiser Associates’ Public Sector Practice and joined the firm in 2014. He is based in Washington, DC and brings 8 years of experience from both public and private sectors.
Mike possesses a broad range of knowledge in business transformation, organizational design, workforce planning, change management, as well as project and program management. He has a deep understanding of fostering and maintaining client relationships, managing teams, and delivering implementable solutions aligned with the business strategy.
Mike holds a B.A. in Communications from George Mason University.
John Drake is a Vice President in Kaisers Public Sector Practice and is based in Washington, DC.
His 16 plus years of public sector consulting spans across nearly all Federal Departments and Agencies. John has also worked with clients at both the state and local levels. He brings experience and expertise in strategic planning, business process reengineering and improvement, and organizational development, among others. John has helped Senior level C-Suite Executives become true business partners with their customers and enable mission success through improved operations and support.
John holds a BA in Political Science from the College of Wooster and is a Balance Scorecard Professional (BSP)
Mariana Goldstein is a Vice President in Kaiser’s São Paulo, Brazil Office and has 15 years of experience in strategy and management consulting across the petrochemical, education, financial services, energy, consumer goods, retail, and healthcare industries.
Having joined Kaiser in 2010, Mariana has led and supported projects involving competitive market assessment, business modeling, strategic planning, and organization & corporate governance.
Mariana holds a degree in business administration from IBMEC (Rio de Janeiro) and holds two MBA degrees from FGV, in Corporate Finance and Management. In addition to her native Portuguese, Mariana is fluent in English.
Michael Gurau is Vice President of Kaiser’s Technology practice. He has been with the firm since 2018 and is based in Washington, DC.
Michael’s growth strategy practice supports technology companies of scale in their efforts to drive revenue and share tied to “long wave” and emerging technology trends; Long wave trends include cloud / virtualization and mobility, while emerging trends include artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), blockchain, 5G and edge computing. Mike’s work with Kaiser’s hardware, software and web- and mobile-services clients’ spans compute, storage and networking functions as well as cloud- and mobile business models and segment analyses. Practice services include product-, vertical- and geographic-market opportunity assessments, go-to-market strategy support, marketing and product positioning strategies, buyers’ journeys and competitive landscape assessments.
Michael holds an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business and a BS Finance from Babson College.
Maria Kopyta is a Vice President in Kaiser Associates’ Telecommunications and M&A Practices and is based in Washington, DC.
Maria leads global strategy and implementation engagements, working with C-suite leadership to drive positive change in organizations at various stages in their development. Her functional areas of expertise include corporate strategy, go-to-market strategy, operations strategy, organizational design, and post-merger integration.
Prior to joining Kaiser Associates, Maria worked at the International Finance Corporation on global private sector development strategy and evaluation. She holds a M.A. degree in International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of International Studies and a B.A. in Economics from Johns Hopkins University.
Sean Vander Linde is a Vice President at Kx Advisors (previously Kaiser Associates’ Healthcare Practice) and is based in Washington, DC.
Sean brings deep experience leading engagements across the healthcare value chain with provider, health IT, biopharma, and medical device companies. His expertise includes advising clients on corporate strategy, market opportunity assessments, new product launch, and commercial due diligence. Prior to joining Kaiser Associates and Kx Advisors, he worked at L.E.K. Consulting and PwC focusing on healthcare.
Sean holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and a BA in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Simone Luciani is a VP in Kaiser Associates’ Private Equity and Consumer Products & Retail practices. He has joined the firm in 2018 and is based in London.
Simone supports leading PE firms and corporate development groups in the strategic and commercial assessment of their investment targets and in identifying value creation opportunities within their portfolios. He advises C-suite executives in designing and delivering sustainable growth strategies.
Prior to Kaiser Simone has supported corporate and PE clients while at PwC Deals Strategy, Bain & Company and Arthur Andersen Corporate Finance.
Simone holds a degree in Business & Economics from La Sapienza University and a Master in Corporate Finance from SDA Bocconi. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Jon Meyerholz is a Senior Vice President at Kaiser Associates and leads its Technology Strategy & Financial Services practices.
Having joined Kaiser in 2010, Jon brings deep experience covering a full range of traditional and emerging sectors in the Technology and Financial Services industries. His “growth” specialties include bringing new products to market, improving competitiveness of existing products, advising on portfolio strategy of multiple business lines, and customer segmentation; his “efficiency” specialties include assessing customer profitability, benchmarking, resource restructuring, and business unit integration. To date, Jon has led engagements in more than 30 different country markets.
Jon holds an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a BS in Finance and Management from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce.
Antonio Napole is Managing Director of Kaiser’s São Paulo, Brazil Office and a Senior Vice President, leading Kaiser’s South American business. Mr. Napole joined Kaiser in 2004 and has over 20 years of experience in strategy, management, competitive intelligence analysis, market entry, implementation of organizational change and strategic planning.
Conducting and leading many projects in Latin America, particularly in Brazil, Antonio has experience in several industries, including energy, chemical, construction, aviation, telecom & media, education, beverage and clothing & apparel among others.
Antonio has a degree in business administration from EAESP/FGV and a communications degree from FAAP. In addition to his native Portuguese, Antonio is fluent in English, German, and Spanish.
Dan O’Neill is a Senior Vice President and co-leads Kx Advisors (previously Kaiser Associates’ Healthcare Practice). He is based in Washington, DC.
Dan has significant experience developing commercial growth strategies for leading Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Health Technology clients. Since joining Kaiser Associates in 2006, Dan has developed expertise across all major therapeutic areas and project types. Specific emphases include commercial due diligence, strategic marketing, product launch planning, market opportunity assessments, and competitive strategy. He has expertise in integrated research and quantitative modeling techniques related to product pricing and forecasting.
Dan started his career in finance and banking where he developed his quantitative background. Dan holds an MBA from the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and a BBA from the University of Kentucky.
Lisa Pryor is a Senior Vice President of Kaiser Associates, and leads the firms Global Consumer Goods & Retail practice. She is based in Washington, DC.
Lisa is a trusted strategy advisor and thought partner to some of the most admired Consumer Goods & Retail companies and Consumer-focused PE firms worldwide. She has 25 years of consulting experience, specializing in White-Space Growth and Go-to-Market Capability Building.
Lisa holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Georgetown University.
Jenna Riffell is a Vice President at Kx Advisors (previously Kaiser Associates’ Healthcare Practice), based in London, UK.
Jenna has advised Fortune 500 pharmaceutical and biotech companies on growth strategy across the value chain. She specializes in pharma/biotech, health IT, and medical devices, with particular expertise in dermatology, ophthalmology, rare diseases, and oncology. Her work includes portfolio strategy, geographic expansion strategy, commercial due diligence, strategic marketing, and launch planning.
Jenna holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a BSCh, Combined Honors in Chemistry and Biochemistry, from the University of British Columbia. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Cancer Research in London, before moving into consulting via boutique life science consultancies prior to joining Kaiser in 2015.
Bob Serrano is a Senior Vice President and co-leads Kx Advisors (previously Kaiser Associates’ Healthcare Practice). He is based in Washington, DC.
Bob has nearly 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, specializing in specialty pharma, interventional medicine, and clinical diagnostics. Bob has extensive expertise in building growth strategies across therapeutic areas including oncology, dermatology, neurology, immunology, and cardiology. Prior to Kaiser Associates and Kx Advisors, Bob held several strategy and sales roles at Abbott (now AbbVie), and led North American laboratory marketing for QIAGEN’s molecular diagnostics business.
Bob earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a Master’s in Health Administration and a BS in Nutritional Science from Cornell University.
Kevin Slayden is a Senior Vice President of Kaiser Associates and has been with the firm since 1994. He is based in Washington, DC.
As the leader of Kaiser’s global Private Equity and M&A practice, Kevin has 23+ years of experience serving Private Equity and Corporate Development clients with Commercial Due Diligence and Strategy support for Portfolio companies.
Kevin holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Princeton University.
Derek Speranza is a Principal in Kaiser Associates’ Telecommunications Practice and has been with the firm since 2014.
Derek has partnered with senior leaders and C-Level clients in the Telecommunications industry, delivering value on organizational design, process design, process improvement, change management, and operational efficiency initiatives. For the past several years, a major focus of Derek’s work has been leading post-acquisition integration efforts on behalf of clients in the Telecom / Fiber space. Prior to joining Kaiser, Derek worked at Time Warner Cable in New York on strategic initiatives within the media and ad sales organization.
Derek holds a BA in Public Policy and a Certificate in Markets & Management from Duke University.
David Teague is a Vice President and leads Kaiser Associates’ Public Sector practice. In this capacity, he leads the firm’s efforts to help government clients better fulfil their mission requirements. David specializes in helping enterprise leaders capitalize on the power of their organization’s information to better understand barriers to success, and formulate effective strategies for achieving their objectives. He is based in our Washington, DC office.
David has a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland.