CLOSE Fernando Assens is the CEO and a co-founder of Argo. In his 14 years with the firm, Fernando has advised clients in a range of industries—including manufacturing, industrial and distribution—but his core of work is in Operational Due Diligence and performance improvement for private equity owned businesses. In his current role as CEO, Fernando continues to spend a significant amount of time working with clients. Over the last twenty years, Fernando’s work has focused on achieving lasting, operational improvements by transforming processes and people. His experience in the consulting industry dates back to 1992, where he began in Operations Improvement and Change Management. Prior to working in consulting, he held management positions in operations and finance with two European consumer product companies. Fluent in Spanish, English and Catalan, Fernando earned a five-year Business Degree from the University of Barcelona, and is a graduate of the Owner/President Management (OPM) program at the Harvard Business School. "I work with truly exceptional people both at the client and at Argo. What I have always loved about my work is the opportunity to make a difference not just in our client’s companies, but also in people’s lives and careers."
Diego Polo co-founded Argo in 1998, bringing to life their shared vision for a truly global management consulting practice that implements bottom line, measurable results. Today, Diego continues to leverage 25 years of experience in method improvement and process change, implementing Lean Manufacturing programs, while supporting many of Argo’s clients embarking on joint ventures, IPOs, buyouts and mergers in the U.S., Europe and South America. Diego holds B.S. degrees in both Industrial Engineering and Electrical Engineering from the University of Houston, and is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Catalan. Prior to founding Argo, Diego spent nearly 20 years in management consulting specializing in banking and financial services around the globe, after launching a commodities trading firm in Venezuela.
Peter Zentner is the CFO of Argo. Peter is an intellectually rigorous accounting professional with over 25 years of experience in private and public accounting. Peter has a proven ability of providing financial planning and financial reporting to senior management and board of directors. Areas of expertise include, cash management, vendor and lender negotiations, facilities management, insurance -including property, casualty, and workers comp & health. Peter earned his degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois.
CLOSE Chuck Deise is a Senior Vice President for the Chemical Business Unit at Argo. Deise, a seasoned veteran has more than 25 years of experience in the chemical process industries, where he has been advising and working with global clients to implement programs that transform operations and improve productivity. Previously, Deise served as Vice President, Chemical Business Unit at Xerox Business Services, Vice President for Chemical, Oil & Gas and Natural Resources at Computer Science Corporation (CSC), Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Solutions at Aspen Technology. Additionally, Chuck has served as VP, General Manager, Supply Chain at TRW and Vice President, Global Services Business, Energy & Chemical, ABB as well a Director of Worldwide Operations at Texas Instruments. Chuck holds a BS from the University of Maryland and an MS from John Hopkins. He has also written several articles for Chemical Week.
Edmond Baddour, President of Argo, uses his 20 years of experience in strategic operational transformation, product and plant rationalization, and business process redesign to optimize value creation that gives clients a competitive advantage. With degrees in Business and Marketing from the University of North Carolina, Ed leverages his expertise in implementing change on an executive level across a broad range of service industries, working with clients including Flowserve, United Technologies, Ford, GM, Parker Hannifin, Bayer, Rockwell, Johnson Controls, Ingersoll Rand, Delphi, Deere, Case New Holland, La-z-boy, Textron, Dana, International Paper, Sonoco, Cooper Industries, Mohawk Industries, Smith International, Coca-Cola, and Solvay.
CLOSE W. Scott Timpson is President of Argo Canada and is responsible for developing Argo's business in Canada. For more than 20 years, Scott has worked with CEOs and senior level executives to improve revenue generation and implement operational and financial improvements while aligning performance and culture with strategic vision. Scott studied business and psycholoby at York University in Toronto and continues to build his strategic perspective and skills through ongoing executive training at Harvard Business School. "Collaborating with colleagues and clients on cutting edge ideas and methodologies to transform their business is truly an enriching experience. Because of this, a unique and highly rewarding partnership is formed that endures the test of time."
CLOSE Andreas is a Senior Vice President and has over 23 years of experience working in industrial firms and consulting. He began his career in the Petrochemical (British Petroleum, PdVSA) and Metalworking Tools (Kennametal) industries; he has also been involved in the Automotive, Pharmaceutical and Lighting equipment industries, working in Operations Improvement and Management. Andreas completed a Five-Year Business and Economics Degree from the University of Fribourg/Switzerland. He speaks German, English, French and Spanish. "At Argo we are not consultants but 'implementers'. This is one of the most fulfilling jobs I have ever done. Helping our clients transform their businesses is an incredibly rewarding experience."
CLOSE Alan is a Senior Vice President who has worked in the consulting industry for over 20 years and currently leads the Chemicals industry practice. He is a high level leader who has helped clients accelerate growth through transformational initiatives combining industry best practices and consulting expertise. It is his deep experience in business transformation, post-merger integration, and operations improvement that drives results. Clients consistently realize dramatic and sustainable COGS and SG&A reduction, inventory productivity improvement, and improved service level metrics. His approach yields deep and lasting business relationships based on accountability, partnership and shared success. Prior to joining Argo Alan worked for a variety of clients as a trusted adviser. He got a BS in Finance from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and then went on to get his MBA in Finance from DePaul University's Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.
Jorge joined Argo in 2002 and is a Sr. Vice President responsible for Argo’s Chemical-Oil-Gas practice. Additionally, he is a co-leader of Argo’s Private Equity practice.
A senior operations practitioner with over 23 years of experience in strategy deployment, operational excellence using best practices (Lean Systems, 6 Sigma) and business restructuring, Jorge led engagements at McKinsey & Company, Cable and Wireless and Freudenberg-NOK. At Argo, he manages projects with major international corporations across the USA, Europe, Canada and Latin America and specializes in multi-site Operational Transformations as well as turnarounds for manufacturing portfolio companies of Private Equity firms. Jorge is a trusted client partner for Oil & Gas executives in developing and executing operational excellence strategies to improve work-flow performance, productivity of maintenance and operations organizations and behavior transformation programs that instill a culture of rapid performance and sustainment.
He is an industry thought leader, publishing and public speaking regularly with industry councils in the chemical-oil-gas and global manufacturing sectors.
In addition to completing executive coursework at Harvard, Jorge has M.B.A. in International Business from The Thunderbird School of Global Management and a B.S. Industrial & Systems Engineering from the University of Florida. He speaks Spanish, English and Portuguese.
James Mourafetis is a Senior Vice President and leads Argo's Railroad and Public Transportation practices. He has been with the company since 2009 and focuses on: major platform development and account engagement with existing multi-national clients; sharing thought leadership through publications and public speaking with industry councils in the transportation and manufacturing sectors; engaging and networking with Argo’s Board of Directors; and contributing to the progress of society.
James has over 22 years of professional experience. He is a seasoned global manufacturing visionary and deployment leader across multi-site locations deploying rapid change in factories throughout various supply chains. James’ latest work has been thought leadership within the Class 1 North American railroad transportation sector.
James is known for his collaborative engagement with senior leaders and has strong business acumen.
Specialties include: manufacturing operations management ; turn around management ; supply chain integration ; and enterprise asset management strategy & deployment for heavy asset industries.
Vice President- Recruiting// Chicago, IL
+ 1 312.988.9220 MagdaJakubowska@argoconsulting.comCLOSE
Since 2001, co-founder and Vice President Magda Jakubowska has led Argo’s recruiting efforts worldwide. Prior to her current position, VP Recruiting, she spent 9 years as a Consultant and Project Manager with Argo, directing successful Lean Transformations for clients such as Parker Hannifin, Johnson Controls, John Deere, Ford, Zumtobel and Arvin-Meritor. She has worked in 11 countries and is fluent in English, German, Finnish, Polish and Flemmish, with a working knowledge of Spanish and French. Magda earned a degree in Economics from Suffolk University in Boston.
Senior Vice President, M&A and Restructuring // Chicago, IL
+1 312.988.9220 TonyBarone@argoconsulting.comCLOSE Tony is Senior Vice President, M&A and Restructuring. He is highly skilled in business governance, management, strategic planning, restructuring, mergers & acquisitions, capital formation and general business advisory services. He also provides coaching and mentoring to senior level executives. Most of his business experience was obtained in the global automotive supplier industry, serving as CFO of two public US automotive suppliers, and as CFO and EVP of a Belgium public company primarily invested in global automotive supplier companies. During his career, Tony Barone has been instrumental in securing over $1.2B of equity and over $2.5B in debt for companies with which he has been associated. He has raised debt and equity in Japan, Europe, and the United States either through public issuances or through private solicitations. He has led M&A activities on every continent except Africa and Australia, and has integrated over 20 acquisitions in the automotive supplier sector. He has experience in the Sarbanes-Oxley and the Japan J-SOX environments. He has basic understanding and experience with legal and regulatory environments in England, Germany, France, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Korea, Japan, China, and the United States. Tony earned a B.S. in accounting from West Virginia University in 1971. He is a CPA and spent the first 13 years of his career in public accounting in Northern Virginia, focusing on public companies, banks and taxation.
CLOSE Tony is a Head of Supply Chain Practice. He has over 30 years experience in the Retail, Consumer Products/Packaged Goods, Pharmaceutical, and Manufacturing industries. Previous roles include COO, Easton Bell Sports; Chief Supply Chain Officer, Linens N Things and EVP Global System Capability and Chief Supply Chain Officer, Sears Holding Corp. Additionally, Tony held senior executive positions at Michael Stores Inc., Merck, and Pepsico. Tony has received the most outstanding alumni award from NJIT, the Chairman’s award at Pepsico, the President’s award at Lipton, and the PDMA-Innovator of the Year Award. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering and an MS in Engineering Management and Industrial Engineering from NJIT. He also has an MBA and Ph.D. from CCU, Santa Anna, CA.
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