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Alvarez & Marsal Adds Clearline Group to Retail Offerering

November 14, 2013, 07:34 AM
Filed Under: Turnaround Management
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Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) announced that Tom Phelps, a veteran consultant with extensive retail industry experience, has joined the firm as a managing director to work with retailers in the U.S. and worldwide to improve business performance.  He is based in Chicago.

Joining Phelps at A&M are members of his team from the former ClearLine Group who collectively bring several decades’ worth of experience working alongside Global 2000 organizations to maximize the technologies that help businesses operate more effectively.  Phelps and his group add to A&M’s depth, capabilities and ability to respond to the need for enterprise performance management and analytical solutions.

“A&M has a long history of working with retailers around the world to dramatically improve operations and drive performance across these organizations,” said John Rossman, managing director and head of A&M’s retail industry consulting practice.

“As retailers continue to navigate choppy market conditions, technology has become increasingly critical to their ability to plan effectively, guard against risk and improve profitability amidst lingering uncertainty.  With a track record of leadership and an extensive background helping major companies utilize technology as a strategic business asset, Tom and his team make an outstanding addition to our firm.” 

Phelps specializes in helping companies improve financial and operational planning, reporting and analytics through the use of enterprise performance management and business intelligence solutions that enable companies to connect strategy to operational execution.  Prior to serving as CEO of ClearLine Group, where he led a team of seasoned professionals for 25 years, he was executive vice president of Palladium Group, and founder and CEO of ThinkFast Consulting.  Earlier in his career, he was a consultant for Comshare, Inc., one of the early pioneers of Decision Support technologies. 

Alvarez & Marsal is a global professional services firm specializing in turnaround and interim management, performance improvement and business advisory services. A&M delivers specialist operational, consulting and industry expertise to management and investors seeking to accelerate performance, overcome challenges and maximize value across the corporate and investment lifecycles. Founded in 1983, the firm is known for its distinctive restructuring heritage, hands-on approach and relentless focus on execution and results.

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