AArete realigns organization, makes new leadership appointments

AArete, a Chicago-based management consulting firm, has announced a realignment of its organizational structure and a raft of key leadership appointments.

The realignment will position the firm to continue its global growth and leverage a series of technology acquisitions, according to a release from the firm.

AArete’s technology firm acquisitions in the last three years include UK-based Dsquaredi and US-based Third I.

The new leadership appointments focus on business development, innovation, DEI, technology consulting, and consulting services for industries particularly affected by the pandemic.

“Our clients’ environments and needs are rapidly changing. AArete is committed to broadening how we deliver value to clients and helping unlock the potential that’s before them,” said Loren Trimble, CEO of AArete. “Our new structure and exceptional leadership team will accelerate growth for our clients and ensure their resiliency.”

The consulting firm has made the following appointments effective January 5, 2022.

Duane Harrington, senior managing director, is now leader of business development.

Tim Lefkowicz, senior managing director, is leader of international growth strategy, with additional oversight of client services in regulated industries – including financial services and government.

Katie O’Connell, senior managing director, is leader of the firm’s consumer industries practice, which includes retailers, healthcare providers, higher education institutions, and transportation companies.

Jackie Ferguson, managing director, and Mark O’Hara, managing director, are co-leaders of the healthcare payer industry practice.

Bhrugu Pange, managing director, and John Carey, managing director, are co-leaders of the digital and technology practice, which provides services across strategy, app modernization, cloud, machine learning and artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity.

Maria Turner, managing director, is head of payment intelligence – overseeing engagements that help clients optimize accuracy, quality, and compliance in payment processes.

Madhav Nadendla, managing director, is leader of systems platform integrations.

Maulik Bhagat, managing director, is the firm’s new innovation leader, focusing on incubating new solutions, partnerships, and technologies for client projects, as well as driving “an innovation mindset” across the company.

The firm also made two appointments in its diversity, equity, and inclusion function.

Liz Levy, managing director, is now leader of AArete’s DEI center of excellence, championing the firm’s commitment to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment.

Kevin Byrnes, managing director, leads the firm’s support system for accelerating mentorship and professional development for new and existing employees.

“Our team members power our firm,” Trimble added. “It is imperative we are creating distinctive, sustainable, and inclusive experiences for our colleagues to thrive.”

Founded in 2008, AArete delivers advisory services in strategy, profitability improvement, data and analytics, and technology to clients in a range of industries. The firm has more than 400 people across offices in the US, UK, and India. 

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