Stephen Blunck

Senior Consultant, Maven Associates

VP, Serent Capital

Associate, Advent International

Senior Associate Consultant, Bain & Company

MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business

BS, Brigham Young University

Representative Projects

  • Developed and implemented procurement and cost reduction initiatives for multi-billion-dollar public retailer
  • Designed organizational growth strategy and decision-making framework for charter school network expanding across regions
  • Led the merger of two human capital management enterprises to consolidate market share and drive growth synergies
  • Created strategy to accelerate company growth for data center company
  • Implemented value creation initiatives for at-risk healthcare entity, including leadership build-out, growth strategy, and new geography expansion
  • Supported ed-tech company with merger integration, financial operations, capital structure, and tracking against key performance indicators
  • Negotiated with lenders to obtain ~$600M in financing to facilitate company recapitalization
  • Led due diligence workstreams for multiple potential private equity transactions, with combined enterprise value of ~$6B

Expertise

Industries

  • Business Services
  • Healthcare
  • Financial Services
  • Retail
  • Education
  • Technology & Software
  • Human Capital Management
  • Pharmaceuticals

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • M&A Strategy
  • Finance
  • Profit Improvement
  • Organizational Design
  • Due Diligence

Representative Clients

Companies

  • JCPenney
  • Uplift Education
  • TalentWave
  • Professional Health
  • Care Network
  • KEV School Solutions
  • Data Center Co.
  • ATI Physical Therapy
  • InVentiv

PE Firms

  • Serent Capital
  • Advent International

Head, BrokerTech Ventures LA

Managing Director, Rokk3r

Head of Sales & Strategy, RSA Insurance Group

Case Team Leader, Bain & Co.

Analyst, McKinsey & Co.

MBA (Distinction), Johnson School, Cornell University

MILR, Cornell University

BS, Universidad Iberoamericana Mexico City

Representative Projects

  • Led the commercial due diligence for the bancassurance operations of a leading international bank by RSA Insurance Group valued at ~$500M.
  • Managed the overall IT transformation for the largest multinational bank in the Pacific during its merger with the fourth largest national incumbent.
  • Developed an operating model and implementation strategy for a massive bond issuance of a national oil company targeting over half a million investors.
  • Led the development of  the global five-year strategic plan for an international TPA in the healthcare space.
  • Supported the commercial due diligence for the acquisition of an international consumer goods company valued at more than $18B by a consortium of international private equity firms.
  • Led the commercial due diligence for the acquisition of the concession rights of a major seaport by a major international private equity firm.
  • Supported the organizational and process redesign of one of the largest global oil companies.
  • Advised a consumer goods company in the acquisition of a $4.2B medical devices company through extensive market research, portfolio strategy and estimation of potential synergies.

Expertise

Industries

  • Insurance
  • Financial Services
  • Technology
  • E-commerce
  • Oil and Gas
  • Consumer Goods
  • Chemicals
  • Venture Capital
  • Healthcare Services

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • M&A Strategy
  • Due Diligence
  • Portfolio Strategy
  • Organizational Design
  • Operational Improvement

Representative Clients

Companies

  • Philips
  • Westpac
  • The Hartford
  • British Petroleum
  • PEMEX (NOC)
  • American Airlines
  • RSA Insurance Group
  • Global Excel Management
  • Vitro
  • Associated British Foods

PE Firms

  • Warburg Pincus
  • Blackstone Capital
  • KKR
  • Advent International
  • Clayton Dubilier & Rice
  • Goldman Sacks CP

Founder, Corbett Consulting

COO, Array Marketing

Partner, McKinsey & Company

Leader, Wiremold Company

Toyota Motor Company

Manager, CIBC

MSc, Chaminade University

BComm, Carleton University

Representative Projects

  • Integration of 3 “bolt on” acquisitions in electrical conduit manufacturing
  • Led development of Strategy to consolidate and relocate manufacturing in Mexico reducing labor costs by 80% for an Auto supplier
  • Developed and implemented post-acquisition consolidation plan generating over $2MM COGS reduction and multiple real estate opportunities
  • Improved product flow in Hydraulic Systems that reduced labor by 15%, inventory by 30% and Leadtime by 50%
  • Improved call center operations resulting in 20% reduction in required staff and an improvement in the Net Promotor Score (NPS)
  • Created evaluation/audit process to drive continuous improvement across range of businesses that delivered 2 points of EBITDA 3 years in a row
  • Optimized retail store operations that reduced store labor reduction of 20%
  • Redesigned order sequencing and processing to increase “On Time In Full” by 12 points

Expertise

Industries

  • Manufacturing
  • Machining
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Automotive
  • Call Centers
  • Hospital Operations
  • Retail Operations
  • Purchasing
  • Supply Chain Optimization
  • Mortgage Processing
  • Insurance

Project Types

  • Operations Optimization
  • Due Diligence
  • M&A Strategy
  • Post Merger Integration
  • Organizational Design
  • Profit Improvement

Representative Clients

Companies

  • Caterpillar
  • IBM
  • Livingston
  • International
  • CHS
  • Intercos
  • Thrivent Financial
  • Cobham
  • Argyle Investments
  • Minute Maid
  • Textron

PE Firms

  • TorQuest
  • Carlyle
  • TPG
  • Birchill
  • Sun Capital
  • L Catterton

  • FounFounder, Practiko, LLC
  • Managing Director, WM Partners 
  • Co-founder, PadInMotion
  • Principal, Bain & Company
  • MBA, Harvard Business School
  • MSc, Economics, LSE
  • BA, Economics, ITESM

Representative Projects

  • Co-led the creation of a ~$300M fund focused on nutritional supplements. Sold to Clorox for ~$700M. Rolled up five nutritional supplement players, doubling revenue and increasing EBITDA 10x within three years. 
  • Created a customer focused growth strategy for a major pharma company focused on customer driven growth doubling stock value within 12 months
  • Co-founder of PadInMotion, providing tablet technology for patients at hospitals, achieving exponential growth in first five years
  • Developed detailed growth strategy (brand-pack) to reactivate growth for a beverage company in a mature market to reach >8% CAG
  • Redesigned organization of major retailer in Mexico to double LATAM business in 5 years with lower costs
  • Redesigned new commercial model to boost efficient growth for a major pharma company
  • Developed multiple R&D and growth strategies for a variety of mid and large pharma customers across different therapeutic areas such as oral contraceptives, cardiovascular, and ophthalmology
  • Conducted due diligence and created an expansion strategy for a network of radiotherapy centers

Expertise

Industries

  • Chemicals
  • Consumer Products
  • Education
  • Financial Services
  • Health & Wellness
  • Healthcare Services
  • Industrials
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Retail

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • M&A Strategy
  • Post-merger Integration
  • Organizational Design
  • Marketing
  • Profit Improvement
  • Due Diligence
  • Strategy Implementation

Representative Clients

Companies

  • 3 of the top 5 pharma companies
  • National chain of pharmacies
  • Mid size pharma
  • Network of radiotherapy centers
  • Leading mass retailer
  • Global beverage company
  • Leading multinational food player
  • Global beer company
  • Leading international green house operator

PE Firms

  • Top tier PE firms
  • Mid size PE firm
  • Founding member of WM Partners focused on health and wellness
  • International producer of specialty chemicals

  • Founder, CiTTA Partnership
  • Associate Principal, Civic Consulting Alliance
  • Senior Associate, McKinsey & Co.
  • Manager, GE Healthcare
  • Senior Scientist, GE Healthcare
  • Research Assistant Professor, NYU School of Medicine
  • MBA, University of Chicago
  • PhD, Medical Physics, University of London
  • BA, Physics, University of Oxford

Representative Projects

  • Created a growth strategy for a social enterprise contract manufacturing firm (a ~$25M division of a ~$850M company)
  • Assessed market feasibility for a new B2C product idea for a traditionally B2B healthcare diagnostic company, followed by developing and executing a go-to-market strategy to bring product to market
  • Developed and piloted four new social enterprise business models for 25 diverse network affiliates of a ~$250M national nonprofit, with eventual nationwide impact on affordable, sustainable homeownership
  • Created a business model and business plan to scale a nationwide initiative in early childhood professional training for a ~$75M nonprofit
  • Conducted comprehensive and in-depth customer surveys as inputs into a market expansion strategy for a healthcare software company
  • Created 3-10 year strategic plans and implementation roadmaps for many nonprofits & higher education institutions, ranging in size from ~$1.5M to ~$1B
  • Conducted feasibility assessment and developed financial projections for new social enterprise ideas for established nonprofits, including a museum
  • Conducted market research & risk identification for a clean tech start-up
  • Led program management of the Chicago Climate Action Plan

Expertise

Industries

  • Education
  • Energy
  • Healthcare Services

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • Strategic Planning
  • Business Modeling
  • Go-to-Market
  • Market Research
  • Social Enterprise

Representative Clients

Companies

  • PointClickCare
  • Coventry Diagnostics
  • Alliance Equipment
  • Cherokee Nation Industries
  • PowerenTech

Nonprofits and Public Sector

  • The Jane Goodall Institute
  • United Way for Southeastern Michigan
  • University of California Riverside
  • Museum of Science and Industry Chicago
  • NeighborWorks America
  • City of Chicago

  • Senior Principal, Founding Member, BCG Digital Ventures
  • Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company
  • Americas Practice Manager, McKinsey Retail Practice
  • Founding Team, GlobalGiving.com
  • Advisor, Jaanuu.com
  • Engineer, Procter & Gamble
  • MBA, Harvard Business School
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering

Representative Projects

  • Developed a portfolio of investable new ventures for a major mattress company undergoing disruption. Newco outperformed top competitor by 80% in initial testing alone
  • For iconic denim brand, led team of 15 to re-engineer subscale e-commerce business. Drove 20% lift over plan within 5 months. Simultaneously re-imagined future state experience and defined new marketplace venture
  • For iconic retailer, designed personalized experiences in and around store to drive lifetime value. Solution leveraged new personalization platform.
  • Defined promotions strategy for $30 billion retailer, resulting in nearly $200 million in gross profit opportunity.
  • Redesigned and piloted new store format for a $30 billion multi-format retailer. Transformed layout, assortment and merchandising across key departments.
  • Developed $3 billion growth strategy for $4 billion multi-format specialty retailer. Analyzed customer segmentation, market trends and client capabilities to grow across existing formats and through new concepts
  • Led post-merger integration of sales and marketing functions following $1billion acquisition of CPG company

Expertise

Industries

  • Consumer Products
  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare Services
  • Restaurants
  • Retail

Project Types

  • Growth Strategy
  • Digital Innovation
  • eCommerce
  • Transformation
  • Design Thinking

Representative Clients

  • Large Mattress Brand
  • Iconic Restaurant Retailer
  • Iconic Denim Brand
  • Luxury Fashion Brand
  • Major High Tech Player
  • Top Pet Retailer
  • Major Telecom Retailer
  • Major Canadian Big Box Retailer
  • Multi-Format Specialty Retailer
  • Major Life Insurance Company
  • Top Australian Bank
  • Newegg.com
  • Chromadex