MAP - Key Persons
Ardhendu G Pathak, Ph.D. has been a leading figure in digital transformation at Airbus since 2012 where he identified, assessed, and injected key emerging technologies into Airbus. His group filed over 45 patents in key areas. From 2001-2012, he led globally dispersed teams for General Electric - in a variety of technical and executive roles in which he had responsibility for large engineering and research teams for various GE Businesses (Appliances, Industrial Systems, Lighting, Sensing, and Security) as well as for GE Corporate Research. From 1994 - 2001, with the National Institute of Ocean Technology, he was involved with applied research on ocean energy extraction, ambient ocean noise, instrumentation systems for subsea use, and lab infrastructure. He led an official expert delegation to Russia and Myanmar.
Before that, at IIT (Madras) he was part of a team having responsibility for design, construction, offshore towing, and installation of ocean wave energy plant off the coast of Trivandrum. His education includes a PhD. In 1993 from the University of Rhode Island (USA); a M.Tech from IIT (Madras) in 1986, and a B.E. from the College of Engineering (Pune) in 1985.
Bart Kocha has advised major global companies and public organizations for over 25 years. He has experience in manufacturing, technology, healthcare, and financial services, as well as other sectors. His primary areas of expertise include large-scale transformation, organization strategy, new product development and business process outsourcing.
His experience includes over ten years as a senior partner with A.T. Kearney where he was responsible for the Organization & Transformation Global Service Practice. He led A.T. Kearney into several new market areas including Talent Management, Shared Services and Business Process Outsourcing. Bart served on the Global and North American Leadership Teams for A.T. Kearney and represented the firm on the EDS Leadership Team. Before beginning his consulting career with A.T. Kearney he worked in operations and finance for 3M Company and Amoco Chemical Company.
Bart holds an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Business in Accounting and MIS from the University of Wisconsin Madison. He has a passion for public education reform and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the IL Network of Charter Schools. He has worked with the Walton Family Foundation on school reform within the charter sector.
Bart's personal interests include spending time outdoors with his wife and four daughters. He enjoys biking, running, and skiing, and is currently coaching a high school cross-country ski team.
Carolyn Dielmann Connolly focuses on coaching, training, and development for a range of large and medium enterprises, including in financial software, healthcare, and real estate. She has also served as the Executive Director of the U.S.-China International Institute where she was responsible for creating trusted relationships among global businesses in aviation, energy, and agriculture.
Her extensive charitable work includes being a Governing Board member of Starting Hearts, headquartered in Colorado, which improves outcomes for victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Such interests in talent management as well as in public service began early in her career when she worked for the U.S. Senate.
Derek Leebaert co-founded MAP in 2003-2004 with Knut Revling. He has conducted cross-border strategic alignment engagements in the medical device, energy, and information technology sectors, as well as in financial services--with special reference to insurance and reinsurance.
He has been responsible for MAP's own development strategy and for managing MAP's proprietary analytical technologies. Before creating MAP, Derek was a founder in 1995 of Linguateq, the premier company in telecommunications data interoperability. Linquateq grew rapidly in tandem with customers such as AT&T and Alcatel, and with Polaris Ventures as a financial partner. Linguateq was sold in 2001 to SONUS Networks and its patents and technologies are part of the Internet backbone.
Before Linguateq, Derek was a principal in the Chicago-based LBO firm R. H. Missner & Co, acquiring Intermarket media and selling it to Euromoney, among other transactions. With economist David Smick, he was also a founding editor of The International Economy, a specialized magazine covering global financial policy, economic trends, and international trade. Before that, he served in Washington as Chief Economist of the Information Technology Industry Council (previously CBEMA).
Among the many books he has written is a trilogy from The MIT Press on the evolution of the information economy (co-author), including The Future of the Electronic Marketplace, and his best-selling To Dare and To Conquer: Special Operations and the Destiny of Nations. The latter volume addresses elite selection, as well as commando creativity and innovation. The book is required reading within the US Special Operations Command. Its insights are also applied widely in business.
DP Singh has over 25 years of consulting and industry experience in the Indian automotive and telecom sectors, among others. DP's engagements include developing strategic alternatives, embracing new business models, setting and executing organizational goals, and coaching CXOs for transitioning into expanded roles.
Until joining MAP, he was a Director with the India practice of Hay Group. Prior to Hay Group, he worked with Oracle and Cisco and led their business consulting practices for India. He has also served at A. T. Kearney where he worked on growth strategies, large scale organizational transformation, and provided implementation support. DP holds a MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore) and a Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communications from Indian Institute of Technology - Banaras Hindu University.
Elizabeth Chesterton has consulted with global financial, consumer credit, energy, agricultural, and other major institutions for over 25 years to ensure peak performance among their leadership and management teams. She designs the strategy, programs and processes to drive performance and productivity among executives, managers, and teams. By blending tailored group programs and system-wide coaching processes, she measurably enhances corporate cultures.
Elizabeth holds an M.Ed and B.S. in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University. She is a master certified coach in Asset-Based Thinking, as well as in other assessment processes.
Mr. De Geer was previously Partner for Strategy, Operations and Business Control at IK Investment Partners. His responsibilities covered all IK portfolio companies as well as its Industrial Advisory Board. From 1994 - 2001, he was Vice President, AT Kearney, with responsibilities for Swedish operations and for Kearney's Global Automotive and Change practices. Previously he had been Senior Vice President, Ovako Steel, a Scandinavian-based steel manufacturer, and before that he was Managing Director, Ovako Tube AB, also based in Sweden.
He serves on the boards of four IK Invest portfolio companies, and served previously on corporate boards in the telecom, retailing, manufacturing, and engineering sectors.
Mr. De Geer holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a Master of Science in Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics. He is a Captain in the Reserves, Royal Mountain Rangers, Sweden.
Helen Yang has led diverse businesses and functions in global markets. Until recently, she worked in various roles with DuPont in China, including as Asia pacific Director Imaging Technologies, managing Director of Corporate Operations for Greater China, Asia Pacific Planning & Improvement Director for DuPont performance Coatings, and Corporate marketing and Sales Director for North Asia/Australia/New Zealand. She has been elected to the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai.
Dr. Yang holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, from which she graduated summa cum laude. Her major certifications include ones from the Financial Times Non-Executive Director program and from the Knowledge Intensive Growth Program at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.
Knut A. Revling is one of MAP's two managing partners. He was previously General Manager and Partner in a leading global search firm where he was responsible for building and directing the Global Leadership Assessment practice, and for the work in this practice of forty senior consultants worldwide, winning the Team Award during his final year. He obtained and directed engagements with a roster of the world's largest, most dynamic corporations.
For more than 25 years, Caroline von Ledebur has been advising CEOs and top management of companies on leadership networks as well as on questions of succession, corporate governance and strategy implementation. Before joining MAP in 2013, she built her own consulting business and advised leaders on networking, relationship building, development and performance. She also works as a certified Coach.
In the years prior, Caroline was CEO of G100, a membership-only organization which brings together active Chairmen and CEOs from major publicly traded companies in the USA and Europe. G100 provides forums in which Chairmen and CEOs can privately discuss and debate business issues and best practices. Caroline also co-founded and lead the CEO Academy and the Chairman Academy, which were sponsored by G100.
Previously, Caroline was a Principal at SpencerStuart in the Frankfurt and New York offices and has served as a director on the board of the Jackson Laboratory.
Earlier in her career, Caroline was a consultant with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in Munich. She also worked with the Austrian Academy of Sciences consulting for EU research projects and as a researcher at The Rockefeller University in New York.
- Board Member at NTU 's Confucius Institute
- Senior Executive Coach at Mobley Group Pacific
In addition to consulting for Management Alignment Partners, Ms. Lien Siaou-Sze is the Senior Executive Coach at Mobley Group Pacific. Prior to this, she was the Senior Vice President at HP Asia-Pacific & Japan (APJ) before retiring in 2007.
She began her career at HP as a systems engineer and rose through the management ranks in Singapore, Southeast Asia, and the APJ region. She became the first woman in the region to be made Vice-President and later became its first female Senior Vice President. After her promotion to Managing Director of HP APJ, she oversaw the acquisition of Compaq and was featured in Fortune Magazine's "50 Most Powerful Women in Business Outside of USA" list for six consecutive years.
In addition to serving on the NTU Board of Trustees, Ms. Lien is also a Board Member at NTU's Confucius Institute. She also serves on the boards of Japfa Ltd, an Asia-based agri-food company and Elekta Ab (publ), a Swedish MNC in the medical technology sector.
Ms. Lien graduated from Nanyang University with a Bachelor of Science in Physics. She went on to receive her Masters degree in Computer Science from Imperial College London.
Renato Carvalho Franco founded Integra Associados, a leading restructuring advisory firm in Brazil that handles Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Restructurings & Turnarounds, and Interim Management. He has held board positions in Brazilian mobile phone operators Telemig, Tele Norte, Telet, and Americel, and was also on the Board of Parmalat while Integra advised on its restructuring. He also acted as President of TIW do Brasil while assisting its Canadian holding company - Telesystem International Wireless - in the sale of its Brazilian subsidiaries. He is a member and former Director of the Young Presidents Organization, a member of the Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance, and the former Chairman of the Board of Turnaround Management Association, Brazil Chapter. Previously he served as Director of M&A advisory for Bank of America Brazil and Superintendent for Unibanco. He was also Finance Manager at Promon Tecnologia and Senior Auditor at Price Waterhouse. Renato holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Fundacao Armando Alvares Penteado and an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He teaches finance classes at the Insper Graduate School in Sao Paulo, and has chaired restructuring symposiums at the Sorbonne, Columbia, and Oxford universities.
Bob Duffy was with A. T. Kearney from 1972-2012. He was elected Partner and then Senior Partner. His clients included numerous North American, European and Asian-based global corporations in consumer products, high-tech and healthcare. Consulting specialties included corporate restructuring, post-merger integration, organization strategy and structure, performance management and business model alignment and governance.
He led A. T. Kearney's consumer products industry practice and then transferred to San Francisco to lead the West P&L and High-Tech Industry practice. Bob led the Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Industry Practice. He also served on the A.T. Kearney Board of Directors, Chaired the Firm's Audit Committee; served as a member of the A.T. Kearney North America Management Committee, Chaired the Account Development and Strategy Committees and co-chaired the Firm's Partner Forum.
He is on the Board of Overseers and on the Executive Committee of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. He is a trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. He is on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the University of California Berkeley's International House. He previously served on the Board of Directors for both the University of Illinois School of Business and Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and McCormick School of Engineering MMM Program Board of Directors.
Seshagiri (Sesha) Dhanaymraju served as Chief Strategy Officer of Mphasis, 2007-2017, the global IT services company with an employee base of 22,000 and a majority ownership by Blackstone. He was a member of the Executive Council and responsible for strategy development, as well as for executing the CEO's strategic programs. Additionally, he headed Strategy, Competitive Intelligence & Benchmarking, as well as M&A activities. During his tenure, company revenue grew 50 percent and he held responsibility for selling HP's 60 percent stake to Blackstone. From 1994-2007, Sesha worked in corporate planning and operations at EDS. He analyzed enterprise-wide financial and non-financial data and reported to EDS's executive committee (CEO, COO, CFO). Prior to that, he was the lead architect for Lotus Notes Messaging platform as applied to one of the world's biggest automotive firms.
Dr. Mayer was a Partner at A. T. Kearney until 2010, where his responsibilities included serving as Practice Leader for Supply Chain Integration, head of the Stuttgart office, and member of the officer appraisal committee.
Client account responsibilities included Daimler, Volkswagen, and others. In addition to experience in Logistics, Strategic Sourcing, and Manufacturing within the automotive sector, Dr. Mayer has particular expertise in media, consumer goods, and in electronics with experience in turnarounds and sales planning.
He earned his Ph.D at Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, IPA Stuttgart (1979) and his Dipl-Ing., Mechanical Engineering, at the University of Stuttgart (1975).
Svein O. Engenes has for 20 years been a partner of A.T.Kearney where he worked across industries and service areas in more than 15 countries. He has held the roles as Unit head of the Nordic Region, been a member of the European management team, and served as a member of the company's strategy core team.
His focus areas have been organization, restructuring, and growth - with special reference to execution and to improving business processes.
Before joining A.T. Kearney, Mr. Engenes worked for Habberstad, at that time the largest Nordic management consulting company; the last period as President and CEO. Prior to that, he was a researcher, first for the power division of Westinghouse Electric Corp, in Pennsylvania, later for the Norwegian Defense Research Institute. He holds an MSc in engineering science from Purdue University in the USA.
Zhang Min brings over 25 years of experience in China, assisting major international companies establish and expand businesses profitably. He has worked primarily on strategy and operations improvement assignments in industries such as automotive, heavy machinery and process manufacturing, consumer products, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, retail, agriculture, and environment.
Previous experience includes Head of China Business Unit with Colehower & Company, an international executive search firm, Managing Director with Shanghai Equation Management Consulting Co. Ltd, and Chief Representative of the Shanghai offices of A.T. Kearney, a leading global management consulting firm, and of Pacific Rim Consulting Group, a marketing consulting firm in Asia-Pacific. Zhang Min holds a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the Anhui University, China.