RGP, an Irvine, CA-headquartered management consultancy, has announced the formation of its first advisory board.
Composed of five executives from the business and professional services industries, the new advisory board will provide independent guidance and advice on market strategies and trends to help the firm navigate the shifting global business environment. The advisory board will also support RGP’s business development efforts with access to new clients and prospects.
“We believe this group will help us expand our brand awareness at the C-level and will attract new clients, who are increasingly looking for an alternative high value partner,” said Kate Duchene, CEO of RGP.
The consultancy’s inaugural advisory board members are Jeff Gelfand, John Malfettone, Vic Petri, Craig Schaffer, and Ruth Hughes.
Jeff Gelfand has more than 30 years of experience in financial services and consulting, with extensive experience serving as a chief financial officer at investment firms.
Gelfand has spent the last three years as an independent advisor to alternative investment firms and investment management-focused fintechs. Before that he spent over twelve years at Centerbridge Partners, where he was a senior managing director and CFO. Gelfand also previously served as CFO at Silver Point Capital, AOL Time Warner Investment Corp., and Evercore. He began his career at EY, where he was latterly a senior manager.
John Malfettone has more than four decades of experience in public accounting, financial services, and asset management.
He most recently served as senior managing director at Clayton Dubilier & Rice. He also previously held the roles of head of operations, chief compliance officer, and chief procurement officer at the top-ten private equity leveraged buyout firm.
Before that, Malfettone was a partner, COO, and CCO at Oak Hill Capital Partners. He also previously spent 12 years at GE Capital, where he held roles including corporate controller and EVP CFO. Earlier in his career, Malfettone was an audit partner at KPMG US.
Vic Petri has more than 30 years of experience in consulting, serving in client service partner and various executive leadership roles at PwC. Petri’s functional leadership roles spanned operational performance improvement, talent, development, and customer experience.
As a member of the global assurance executive leadership team, Petri was responsible for the business unit’s digital transformation and human capital. Since retiring from PwC in 2020, Petri has provided coaching and consulting to business executives, as well as serving as an advisor to several companies.
Craig Schaffer brings four decades of professional experience, having held leadership roles across healthcare, technology, consumer goods, and automotive. He currently serves as CEO of Fellscreek Group, a consulting firm providing advice on growth and performance improvement to tech-enabled healthcare organizations.
Before that, Schaffer was EVP at R1 RCM, a firm providing technology-driven revenue cycle management services to healthcare providers, and a VP at Conifer Health Solutions, a firm with a similar focus.
Schaffer also previously spent nine years at Perrot Systems (now Dell Technologies) where he was VP of strategic business development. He also co-founded an IT outsourcing firm and an apparel company. Schaffer began his career at GM, where he was a product planning specialist.
Ruth Hughes has more than 40 years of experience in consulting, including 18 years at RGP.
Hughes recently retired from her role as SVP of global client services at RGP, where she was responsible for developing key client accounts and played a central role in building the firm’s UK and Europe businesses.
Prior to joining RGP, Hughes spent 22 years at EY, where she was a partner focusing on audit and assurance, process improvement, and risk management.
RGP offers consulting services across strategy and transformation, human capital, finance and accounting, risk and compliance, and technology and digital. The firm has more than 4,000 employees globally and has worked with 76% of the Fortune 500.
RGP recently reported revenue growth of 30.7% to reach $200.2 million in the fiscal second quarter ended November 27, 2021 – as the company bounced back from an industry-wide downturn in 2020.