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Leadership & Management

SSA & Company’s leadership team is comprised of former CEOs and senior leaders of world renowned corporations. We have an intimate understanding of the executive mindset and aspirations as well as a unique understanding of how to get things done in large, complex, global organizations or small, dynamic teams.

Scott Miller, CEO

Scott is the former CEO of both Hyatt Hotels Corporation and United Infrastructure Company. Scott currently sits on the Board of Directors of Snap Inc. and served on the boards of publicly traded AXA Financial, Inc. as well as several private companies, and serves as a special advisor to General Atlantic Partners. Scott is also a member of the boards of the Aspen Community Foundation and The Kravis Leadership Institute.


David Niles, President

David Niles is President of SSA & Company and G100 Companies. Previously, David was a partner at Castling Group and manager of GESD/Castling Investors, a $30 million venture fund, 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. David is the Chairman of the advisory board of the Deming Center for Quality and Competitiveness at Columbia Business School.


Dave Fuente, Chairman Emeritus

David Fuente is the former chairman and CEO of Office Depot and former president of Sherwin-Williams Paint Stores. In addition to his role as Chairman Emeritus 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. Dave holds both a BA and MBA from Purdue University.


Deb Henretta, Senior Advisor

Deb is a Partner at G100 Companies and spearheads SSA & Company’s Digital Transformation practice. As Global President of e-business at Procter & Gamble, Deb spent seven consecutive years on Fortune’s US and international rankings of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. Deb serves on the Board of Directors at Corning Inc., NiSource, and Meritage Homes Corporation. Deb had a State Department appointment to and served as Chair of the Business Council of Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC). Deb has also previously served on the Board of Directors of Staples, Sprint, and the Singapore Economic Development Board.


Kaj Ahlmann, Advisor

Kaj Ahlmann is the former chairman, president, and CEO of Employers Reinsurance—a division of GE. 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.


Ram Charan, Advisor

Ram Charan is a world-renowned business advisor, author, and speaker who has worked with companies, including GE, MeadWestvaco, Bank of America, DuPont, Novartis, EMC, 3M, Verizon, Aditya Birla Group, Tata Group, GMR, Max Group, Yildiz Holdings, and Grupo RBS. He has served on the boards of Hindalco in India, Emaar, Austin Industries, Tyco Electronics, and Fischer and Porter. Ram holds an MBA and doctorate from Harvard Business School, where he graduated with high distinction and was a Baker Scholar.


Paul de Janosi, Managing Partner

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Prior to SSA & Company, Paul established and ran Celerant’s Private Equity practice as President and Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity. His operational expertise includes all phases of the M&A life-cycle as well as strategy development and execution for the high-tech, consumer/retail, industrial and oil & gas sectors. He is a founding member of and currently serves as a board member of US Shale Solutions, Inc. and is head of the compensation committee.


Dr. Thomas Kaiser, Managing Director, Europe & Middle East

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Dr. Thomas Kaiser comprehensively manages SSA & Company’s Europe business, with a focus on overseeing the strategy of our existing portfolio of business as well as new business.

Thomas has extensive management consulting experience on a global scale. He previously worked for the Management Consulting unit of Siemens, where he successfully led all strategic and operational Quality Management and Process Improvement activities. Thomas then took over Corporate Quality Management as Corporate Vice President, reporting directly to the CEO. He is fluent in English and German.


Matt Katz, Managing Partner, Retail & CPG

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Matt leads our Retail and Consumer Packaged Goods practice. He has more than 25 years of global management and advisory experience ranging from strategic planning and top-line growth initiatives to operational enhancement, organizational development, restructuring, acquisition activity, and merger integration. He has worked with many of the world’s iconic names in retail and consumer products and is deeply experienced in working with public and private institutions, entrepreneurial owners, and financial sponsors in all phases of corporate lifecycles. Previously, Matt founded AGORA Advisors, a boutique advisory firm, was a Partner and Practice Leader at Boston Consulting Group, a Managing Director and Global Practice Leader at AlixPartners, and a Partner and Practice Leader at Kurt Salmon. Prior to consulting Matt held management roles at Macys.

Jeff Krajacic, Managing Director, Private Equity

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Jeff Krajacic delivers operational excellence and business transformation services. Jeff has held executive positions in private industry, consulting and Private Equity across the world for over 35 years implementing transformational change within Global 2000 businesses. Mr. Krajacic possesses functional domain expertise in business turnarounds, acquisitions, post-merger integration, asset optimization, operational excellence and revenue/profit enhancement.


Jason Meil, Managing Director, New Products and Innovation

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Jason heads SSA & Company’s Innovation and New Products practice, which houses the firm’s rapidly growing Advanced Analytics practice. He helps companies execute their business strategies in retail, media, consumer products, and education. Previously, Jason was a Principal and Managing Partner at Method, where he managed client relationships with Fortune 500 companies and emerging startups. Jason also served as Executive Vice President at Interpublic Group, Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Content Acquisitions at Current TV and has held positions at Castling Group, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Lehman Brothers.


John Rodgers, Managing Partner, Chief Operating Officer

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John guides day-to-day operations, sets and steers SSA & Company’s business strategy, and co-leads the Financial Services and Insurance practices. John also serves as an Executive Coach for C-Suite leaders of multiple financial services firms. Previously, John held roles as Director of Lean Six Sigma for Ford Motor Company–Marketing, Sales, and Service Group and Master Black Belt at GE Capital. He has significant financial services operating and management experience with Aetna Life & Casualty and Cigna and has multiple insurance related designations, including CPCU, RPLU, ARM, and AIS.


Philippe Rose, Managing Director, Private Equity, EMEA

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Philippe brings over 25 years of experience in chemicals and consulting, and he has deep experience in business turnarounds, portfolio management, footprint optimization and M&A. Prior to joining SSA & Company, Philippe ran’s Celerant’s European Private Equity practice, covering the full M&A cycle, from due diligence to post-merger integration across multiple sectors, as well as working on the sell side in chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Philippe has held executive positions at several global chemical and operational consulting companies. He has worked for ICI plc, Huntsman and Fosroc, in roles ranging from strategy and procurement to management of $500+ million business units— covering petrochemicals, plastics, and specialty chemicals.


Sachin Sachdeva, Managing Director, Financial Services

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Sachin co-leads SSA & Company’s Financial Services practice. He helps banking, insurance, and other financial services clients substantially improve operating performance and brings deep expertise in operating model design, client experience improvement, and operational excellence. Prior to joining SSA & Company, he held various leadership positions at Bank of America, including Senior Vice President – Consumer Banking.


Bob Silvers, Managing Director, Energy & Life Sciences

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Bob leads our Industrial and Knowledge Transfer business practices. He leverages 25+ years of experience delivering sustainable operations and financial improvements focusing on people, process, data, technology, and advanced analytics. Prior, he was Master Black Belt in the NBC – CNBC Division for GE, Master Black Belt with Allied Signal, and Research Engineer at Allied Signal, where he received two US patents and co-authored various publications. He has led more than 60 Lean Six Sigma, Executive, Champion, and Black Belt waves of training, reaching 2000+ participants, including American Express, DuPont, Ford, Toshiba, and more. He co-authored The Black Belt Memory Jogger.


Dr. Zening Ge, Managing Director, Asia

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Zening has significant global operations experience with stints in North America and Asia. He spent 5+ years with GE and was one of the pioneers to drive Six Sigma in GE’s finance services business. His last role with GE was as Director of IT and Operation for GE Aircraft Engines Asia Systems. Zening founded Processwise Consultants Inc. in Beijing, China’s first focused continuous improvement consulting firm. In 2009, Processwise and SSA & Company merged operations, and Processwise became SSA & Company’s first Asia office.