Partners & Principals
Edwin is the founder, CEO and senior partner of Myrtle Consulting Group. He has had the privilege of trotting around the world growing up and has lived in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Ivory Coast, France, Burkina Faso and the Netherlands. Edwin will tell you that his travels have taught him a lot about human interactions, which would prove useful later in his career as a change management professional. He is fluent in four languages. Edwin completed his undergraduate education at The Hague Polytechnic in the Netherlands and earned an MBA from Rice University in Houston, Texas. He started his career with IP, Inc. in France and entered the consulting industry at Peter Chadwick in London.
During his years in consulting, Edwin has undertaken a wide range of assignments in Europe, Asia and North America, specializing in operations improvement and change management. Edwin’s passion for the Food and Beverage industry is the result of several projects. Read more…
Doug is a partner with Myrtle, where he is responsible for business growth and development. In his more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing and consulting, Doug has developed a unique combination of experience that makes him a resourceful and creative problem-solver with the vision and communication skills to formulate enterprise-based solutions. He is an energetic team player with a consistent and demonstrated track record of coalition building to produce fast results. He has extensive global experience, having worked on projects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, South Africa, Australia, the U.K., France, Belgium, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Germany, India and China.
Doug earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and his bachelor’s degree from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Doug began his career in the medical products manufacturing business. Read more…
Tim specializes in using Lean Six Sigma tools and techniques to improve business performance. It is this passion that afforded him the opportunity to become a partner with Myrtle. Tim is a proven leader in designing and implementing operational transformation programs, Lean Six Sigma training for various belts and continuous improvement teams. He also has extensive experience deploying operations excellence in a variety of industries that include food & beverage, life sciences, consumer packaged goods, energy, chemicals and government.
Tim received his MBA from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, one of the world’s leading business schools. Even though he resides in the Metro Atlanta area, the eyes of Texas are upon him. Tim graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Immediately after college, he began his career with Ethicon, a Johnson & Johnson Company, as an automation process supervisor. Read more…
Tim is a partner at Myrtle, where he leads business development and the Assessment Verification Scan (AVS) phase of our engagements. He started his career as a manufacturing engineer in the automotive sector with VDO-Yazaki, providing production technical support for the tier one supplier to Toyota. With this fundamental grounding in the Toyota Production System, Tim’s career progressed with Lean manufacturing as a center point for all his endeavors.
His international consulting experience spans the FMCG, oil & gas, industrials, chemicals and food & beverage verticals, but with the common thread of an initial detailed assessment of current performance, then based on that, the development and implementation of improvement programs to eliminate waste and maximize the value-added activities of a business.
Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of London, U.K., and an executive MBA from the Robinson School of Business, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia. Read more…
Lotfi is a principal at Myrtle, where he leads alongside other directors and project managers all implementation projects and programs within North America. Throughout his management consulting career, Lotfi has led and worked closely with leaders at all levels of the organization on the development, execution and management of more than 25 engagements, ranging from process design, performance improvement projects, maintenance & reliability programs, cost reduction initiatives, revenue enhancement, corporate restructuring, M&A and due diligence, planning and integration. Through his efforts, Lotfi has driven significant financial benefits within organizations in the food & beverages, consumer packaged goods, chemicals, mining, energy and life sciences industries.
Lotfi earned his MBA from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, and his bachelor’s degree in Finance from EDHEC School of Management in Casablanca, Morocco. Read more…
Melvin Bosso is a principal at Myrtle Consulting. Accomplished and versatile, he has a proven track record in cost management discipline, network optimization, root cause analysis methodology and excellence programs. He is also an expert in developing processes and management systems that favor cooperation and focus on strategic company objectives.
Melvin studied Engineering Geology at the University of Technology of Delft in the Netherlands. He joined Myrtle after leading plant operations at CHEP Canada for three years. While at CHEP, he led the company in a complete transformation of the network. Costs went down by 10 percent, production output grew 60 percent, and safety incidents went down by 80 percent while he was in this role.
Prior to leading CHEP’s operations, Melvin spent nearly eight years with Labatt in diverse leadership roles.
Paul is a principal at Myrtle. He is a highly-experienced consultant who has operated at director, vice president and principal levels in Europe, Asia, Canada, South America, South Africa and the United States.
Paul has strong industry experience, particularly in fast moving consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, metals and mining, energy, construction, high-tech, and process and discrete manufacturing. During his 60-plus client engagements over the past 10 years, he has analyzed, created, managed and executed complex transformational programs for more than 30 Fortune 1000 companies valued at more than $250 million in cost and revenue improvements.
Paul graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Upon graduation, he served five years as an officer in the United States Army. Read more…
Gamaliel is a director at Myrtle. A driven and experienced operations executive, he has been successfully delivering operational and financial results to clients for more than 17 years. Because of his attention to detail and focus on results, he is known for his expertise in change management and his operational excellence in the execution of his programs.
Gamaliel earned his bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. Prior to his work as a consultant, he worked in the financial services sector, as well as the public sector. Since starting his consulting career, Gamaliel has successfully engaged clients at all levels, from shop-floor employees to C-level and executive board members. He has expertly managed programs and accounts, from single site to large multi-site engagements, across multiple geographies. Read more…
Don is a business development executive at Myrtle. With more than 25 years of experience in the food & beverage industry, he brings a unique background comprised of leadership roles across marketing, strategy, new product development, sales, operations planning and C-Level management roles.
Enterprise value creation is Don’s passion and his ability to create a vision, establish strategies and lead cross-functional teams through to execution has enabled him to deliver six consecutive turnarounds at Kraft Foods, The Hain Celestial Group and a private equity owned portfolio company, Victoria Fine Foods.
After earning his bachelor’s degree in Marketing at Adelphi University, Don began his career in sales at Nielsen Marketing Research, enabling him to develop relationships with senior executives at top-tier food & beverage companies. He was recruited by Kraft Foods and developed a unique set of experiences in strategic planning, P&L management, new product development, brand management and sales. Read more…
Jayan is a director at Myrtle. He is a versatile, solutions-oriented marketing and sales leader with a strong background in supply chain and operations. He has experience leveraging a hands-on leadership style and well-rounded insight to deliver innovative, impactful business solutions. He is a recognized change agent with demonstrated success aligning corporate vision and tactical strategies. He has the proven ability to deliver top-line growth and bottom-line savings through a proactive approach to sales, marketing and operational process improvement.
Jayan earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and his bachelor’s degree in Applied Science and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.
Jayan started his career in the automotive industry, holding various positions at Toyota and General Motors before moving into operations consulting. Throughout his career, he has led many successful engagements. Read more…
Kevin is a Director at Myrtle Consulting Group. He has more than 22 years of experience improving business operations by leveraging skills in process and management system design, organizational design consulting, cost reduction, revenue enhancement, general management and change implementation. He has led numerous, successful business transformation efforts focused on increasing productivity and organizational efficiency resulting in more than $750 million of cost reduction and operational improvements across multiple industries. Read more…
Rick Foerster is a director with Myrtle, where he has excelled in the management and delivery of complex operational excellence transformations. He has over 17 years of project management and professional consulting experience, specializing in operations management, maintenance planning/execution, equipment reliability, logistics, supply chain management, and software system implementations.
As a director he holds leadership positions within Myrtle’s Project Management Office (PMO) and with Myrtle’s Digital Transformation Excellence Team, who specialize in implementing disruptive technologies, which includes manufacturing line digitization via IoT, data modeling, advanced analytics, predictive maintenance, and machine learning.
Rick graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Supply-Chain and Logistics Management from the University of North Texas. Read more…
Rigo is a director at Myrtle. He is a seasoned operations professional, with more than 18 years of experience in manufacturing and operations. He has led a wide range of assignments and has delivered results in companies worldwide by implementing lean manufacturing programs, business process reengineering, management systems and maintenance processes and systems. He has worked in a broad range of industries including financial services, pharmaceutical, call centers, insurance, electronics, chemicals, mining, defense industries, energy sectors, beverage and food processing. Read more…
Stan Garrison is a business development executive at Myrtle. He has more than 25 years of experience as a results-oriented business development executive, consultant and corporate transaction advisor with specific expertise in operations management, performance improvement, change management, mergers and acquisitions, and operational due diligence.
Stan has led delivery teams on projects using Lean and Six Sigma techniques, process analysis and labor optimization, spend management and reliability centered maintenance. His industry experience includes a broad range of manufacturing companies in food production, paper and packaging, industrial products and chemicals. He has conducted many assignments for private equity sponsors during due diligence, transition planning and turnaround. Stan has a record of achieving strong results for companies, whether financially stable and growing, or underperforming. Read more.
Chris Gregory is a director at Myrtle. He has more than 18 years of experience in leading strategic initiatives for multiple Fortune 500 companies. Chris has spent a large portion of his consulting career in the oil & gas, mining, consumer products and private equity industries.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, and spent more than 10 years in operations with Sears, Roebuck & Company, where he was exposed to great “shop floor” leaders. Chris has worked as a project manager and operations leader in numerous consulting roles.
Strong program management skills have helped Chris deliver more than $200 million in sustainable benefits for his clients. His functional expertise resides in asset optimization, asset care and leadership development. He also has experience in process improvement, Lean manufacturing, management consulting and operational excellence, among other areas. Read more…
Sean is Managing Director for Myrtle Consulting Group Canada. He is responsible for the growth and development of the Canadian Business. In his 25+ years in industry and management consulting Sean has developed the skills and experience to be recognized as a creative problem solver who is collaborative in his approach. He is a visionary in the solutions he brings forward.
Sean has extensive experience working closely with global and local clients to improve operational results and business performance with pace and certainty. He has partnered with businesses that range from $300 Million to $40+ Billion in sales. His clients have faced increased pressure from competitors, customers, shareholders, and regulators to perform at a higher level, while driving to a lower cost operating model. Sean has worked closely with underperforming companies to reenergize profitability by improving processes and systems that drive behavioral change. Read more.
Andy Kopp is a Technical Director with Myrtle Consulting Group. Andy has 20 years of industry experience with diverse manufacturing concerns spanning aerospace, automotive, high-tech, and CPG. He also has 12 years of business consulting experience focused on process design, advanced analytics, and digital transformation. In his career, Andy has held a range of diverse roles including NC programmer, shop floor supervisor, automation engineer, factory integration manager, program/engagement lead, and practice director.
Andy sees himself primarily as a “Business Technologist”; someone with a deep, pragmatic history of applying technology to the enablement, improvement, and transformation of business processes. Andy claims to typically win the “obscure major award”, with a BS in Numerical Control Technology from Northern Illinois University. Read more…
Jonathan is a business development executive at Myrtle. His experience includes leading large-scale, sustainable deployment work with numerous Fortune 500 companies worldwide. He also has experience implementing operations excellence in a variety of industries that include food & beverage, life sciences, consumer packaged goods and chemicals.
Jon graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Washburn University. He continued his studies at The University of Iowa College of Law, where he earned a doctorate of Jurisprudence. Yet, he has been a “recovering attorney” for nearly 20 years, his continuous improvement career beginning in the 1990s. Jon was involved in the Six Sigma movement at its inception at GE, where he led a multitude of projects for GE Capital and was involved in the larger operating businesses in a broad array of initiatives. A member of the American Society for Quality, Jon has spoken and presented papers on various topics. Read more…
Abe is a Business Development Executive at Myrtle Consulting Group. He has more than 16 years of experience improving business operations by partnering with clients to simplify their business processes and accelerate decision making cycles, cost reduction, revenue management, and business transformation. He has led numerous, multi geographic successful business transformation efforts resulting in more than $2 billion of cost reduction and operational improvements across multiple industries. Read more…
Brian Penn is a director with Myrtle, where he is focused on operations, learning and development. With more than 15 years of professional consulting experience, he has expertise in analysis, design and implementation of improved processes, organizational design and integrated management systems.
He has managed and executed complex, transformational programs accounting for more than $100 million in cost and revenue improvements. In a previous leadership position, Brian successfully developed and facilitated training curriculum and programs for hundreds of consultants. He also has experience implementing operations excellence in a variety of industries, including food & beverage, life sciences, consumer packaged goods and chemicals.
Brian graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University. Upon graduation, he started his career as a production supervisor. Read more…
Bill is a director at Myrtle. He has more than 30 years of experience as a leader and team builder in operations and engineering. He excels at identifying opportunities and implementing Lean manufacturing processes, as well as maintenance and reliability improvements.
He has in-depth experience in operations planning—staffing, work measurement, load planning and optimization, and workload balancing—and significant program management experience with sustainable improvements and results.
Bill received his MBA from Southern New Hampshire University and his bachelor’s degree in Business from Salem State University. Following a long career at UPS in operations and engineering, Bill led many successful consulting programs in a variety of industries, including food & beverage, oil & gas, life sciences, chemicals, vehicle assembly and others. Read more…
Tiffany is a business development executive at Myrtle, where she offers more than 15 years of experience in consumer products, retail and consulting. She brings a unique background comprised of leadership roles across sales, entrepreneurship, new product development, strategy and management. She has extensive experience with product management, account management, product development and sales, from concept phase to execution. Highly passionate, Tiffany is skilled in profitability improvement, customer segmentation, marketing effectiveness, brand and product development, operational improvement, store layout optimization, assortment planning, merchandising and strategic planning.
Tiffany was awarded the Barton Business Scholarship at Wichita State University, which is the largest academic scholarship offered in Kansas. Read more…