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Patina Solutions Appoints Susan G. Gallagher as Chief Operating Officer

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Patina Solutions, the provider of executives and managers with a minimum of 25 years of experience to help clients execute initiatives, solve problems, realize opportunities and develop leaders, has appointed Susan Gallagher as its Chief Operating Officer.  In this role, Gallagher is responsible for leading the expanding office network and practice organization for Patina Solutions, a firm recently named to the Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing private companies in America.

"We are excited to add Susan to our executive leadership team," said Mike Harris, CEO of Patina Solutions. "When a firm is growing like ours is, having a strong and proven executive to manage that growth and deliver consistent results is critical."  Harris, the founder and former CEO of Jefferson Wells, co-founded Patina Solutions in late 2008.

"I am pleased to join Patina Solutions. This is a firm with a great business model for today's human resources demands. It is exciting to be part of an organization that is responding to the changing demographics and the changing trends in how important work is getting done," said Gallagher.

Gallagher was formerly a partner at Arthur Andersen, a member of the founding team at Huron Consulting and most recently the Chief Operating Officer of True Partners, a tax consulting and strategy firm based in Chicago.  She played major roles in building consulting practices and in establishing and overseeing many of the key processes in these firms including marketing, business development and strategic planning.

"Susan is an outstanding leader, and we are pleased and fortunate to have her on the Patina Solutions team," said Patrick O'Brien, Chairman and Co-founder of Patina Solutions. "She has relevant experience in selling and delivering professional services and was involved in a very successful high-growth story at Huron Consulting."

Gallagher earned her undergraduate degree in accounting from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Ind., and is a CPA.  She serves as Vice Chairman of the board of trustees at Mercy Hospital and Health Systems, is a board member of the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago and is a board member and former Chair of the Board of Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago.

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Patina Solutions provides proven, accomplished professionals with 25+ years of experience on a flexible and collaborative basis, helping companies to solve problems, realize opportunities and improve results.  The company's services include execution of special projects and key initiatives, interim executive assignments, consulting and advisory engagements, change management, leadership development and board placements. With expertise across multiple business functions, Patina Solutions serves companies of different sizes and industries from offices in Milwaukee, Madison, Chicago, Boston, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Tampa and Minneapolis - along with its growing international capabilities. The firm was recently named to the 2013 Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing privately held companies in America. Learn more at

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