By Stephen Coulombe, Bob Duffy, & Keith Jelinek, Managing Directors, Berkeley Research Group LLC
Retail executives have felt the impact of the new and more demanding business environment in recent years. The rising challenges of new competition, technology, consumer demographics, etc., have caused unsettling shifts few could have predicted as the new millennium began.
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Keith Jelinek is a managing director in Berkeley Research Group Corporate Finance, specializing in performance improvement. He has more than 35 years of business experience, 14 of them in financial consulting, including MP&A improvement, inventory allocation effectiveness, and store labor planning and effectiveness. He focuses on helping organizations achieve revenue growth and margin objectives through business innovation, operational improvements, inventory productivity, and cost efficiency. Jelinek has extensive experience with the retail and consumer products industry and has led and advised Fortune 500 companies.
Bob Duffy is a managing director in BRG Corporate Finance and specializes in performance improvement and restructuring. He has more than 30 years of experience, including serving as an advisor to private equity firms, corporations, lenders, and boards of directors of underperforming businesses and companies in transition. He also has served as CRO and COO for clients. With experience in a number of industries, Duffy has led successful engagements in the United States and throughout the world.
Stephen Coulombe is a managing director with Berkeley Research Group LLC and has 20 years of advisory experience, with significant expertise advising retail companies. He has led multiple complex revitalization and restructuring assignments and has served as interim CFO and CRO. In addition, Coulombe has extensive experience implementing store rationalization, cost optimization, working capital improvements, and right-sizing capital structures. His assignments have included The Children’s Place, RadioShack, Quiksilver, and WetSeal.