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SSA & Company’s leadership team is comprised of former CEOs and advisors of major multi-national corporations.  This enables us to have a unique understanding the interplay between strategy, organization, and process, as well as the practical aspects of how to get things done in large, complex, global organizations or small, dynamic teams.

Dave Fuente, Chairman

David Fuente is the former chairman and CEO of Office Depot and former president of Sherwin-Williams Paint Stores. In addition to his roles as Chairman of SSA & Company, he is a Senior Advisor at Peter J. Solomon Company. He formerly served on the boards of Office Depot, Ryder Transportation, Dicks Sporting Goods, Sunrise Senior Living and Vitamin Shoppe. Mr. Fuente holds both a BA and MBA from Purdue University.

 

Scott Miller, CEO

Scott Miller was previously CEO of both Hyatt Hotels Corporation and United Infrastructure Company. In addition to serving as CEO of SSA & Company, he is currently a Special Advisor to General Atlantic and serves on the boards of several private companies as well as AXA financial, Inc. and Affinion Group Holdings. Mr. Miller earned an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA from Stanford University.

 

David Niles, President

David Niles is President of SSA & Company. Previously, Mr. Niles was a partner at Castling Group and manager of GESD/Castling Investors, a $30 million venture fund. Formerly, he was a management consultant with Booz, Allen & Hamilton and head of business development for BMG Direct Marketing, a $1 billion division of Bertelsmann AG. He holds an MBA with distinction from Columbia Business School, and a BA from the University of Virginia. Mr. Niles currently sits on the board of Columbia Business School’s Deming Center.

 

Ram Charan, Advisor

Ram Charan is an acclaimed business advisor, speaker and author and the founder of Charan Associates. With Larry Bossidy, he is co-author of Execution and Confronting Reality. Mr. Charan holds both PhD and MBA degrees from Harvard Business School.

 

 

Kaj Ahlman, Advisor

Kaj Ahlmann is the former chairman, president and CEO of Employers Reinsurance (a division of General Electric).  He is currently a director for the Deutsche Bank Advisory Council, Cyrus Re, the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters, RLI Corporation, and is a past chair of the Reinsurance Association of America.  He and his family also own and operate the Six Sigma Ranch, Vineyards and Winery in Lower Lake, California.