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The Keystone Group Promotes Zito to Director

February 22, 2016, 07:49 AM

The Keystone Group, a consultancy with a focus on creating value for middle-market companies and improving their profitability, announced the promotion of Joe Zito as he steps into his new role as a Director of the Chicago-based firm. Zito, an exceptional Keystone Group professional since 2000, joins a talented pool of Directors led by Andy Rolfe, the Managing Director.

“When it comes to Joe and his contributions to Keystone, they go well beyond his expertise gained over his long career with our firm,” Rolfe said. “His credentials are stellar, but they don’t tell the story of Joe’s commitment or his compassion. Our clients are truly fortunate to work with him, our people are better for having the opportunity to work with him, and our community is a better place because of him. In short, we’re thrilled about a future with Joe on our leadership team.”

Zito’s work with Keystone has spanned the full scope of Keystone’s services including turnaround, strategy and operations improvement and merger and acquisition integration. He is a member of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA), having received TMA honors, including winning TMA Chicago’s Midwest Turnaround of the Year Award. “Joe’s practice is always enhanced by his real-world background,” Rolfe said, “leveraging his degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.”

“Credibility is one of the biggest things I stress to executives we work with at Keystone,” Zito said. “Data matters, interpreting data well matters even more, but the real goal is to produce tangible, sustainable results for our clients.” He added, “I always believe that it’s the leadership that sets the high bar in terms of creating a culture of excellence, and I’m fortunate to be part of a firm that lives those values."

To that end, Zito joins Rolfe in congratulating several other Keystone Group staff members recently promoted. They include Anthony Urbaites, who rejoined Keystone in 2012 and will now serve as Senior Principal. Urbaites, an MBA graduate of Northwestern University’s Kellogg Institute, also has worked at Aurum Consulting, Louisville Stoneware and Nestle USA.

New Keystone Principals include Danielle Moushon in the Atlanta office, and Brad Terry in Chicago. Additional promotions at Keystone include Jessica Markowitz, Todd Mowry and Lee Feingold, to Senior Associate in the Keystone Chicago office; Rob Cerato and Evan Farrell, to Associate also in Chicago, and Ryan Burkard, to Senior Analyst in Chicago.

The Keystone Group has a strong focus on accelerating value creation for its clients by working closely with clients as they transition through critical trigger points, including M&A, turnaround, and other profit improvement initiatives. Targeting middle-market companies, Keystone's goal is to deliver a 5x to 10x annual return on consulting spend, by driving successful outcomes for clients.

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