Greg Wilgenbusch

Greg offers clients more than 30 years of comprehensive Human Resources (HR) experience, including advisory and leadership of global HR teams. Through partnership and consultation, he helps build capabilities and business processes to deliver significant revenue growth and improved profitability. Skilled at aligning talent management and organizational effectiveness processes with strategic business objectives, Greg has produced and implemented leadership development and succession planning programs supporting business transformation. He also has expertise in strategic business partnering, transformation leadership, talent management and cultural alignment.

Greg has served as the Vice President of Human Resources at companies including Philips Lighting, The Manitowoc Company, JVA and Broan-NuTone. In those organizations, he created strong talent-focused cultures, based on the identification and measurement of key roles and talent necessary to deliver strategic initiatives.

Greg received his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Management from Iowa State University.

Don Drees

Don is a senior executive with more than 30 years’ experience in leadership and business transformation. As a Managing Director at Accenture, he worked with Fortune 500 companies to envision strategic programs and bring them to life. Don has led initiatives in CRM, supply chain, business development and business intelligence. He has also served as President of a school network with responsibilities for the enterprise.

Prior to joining Patina, Don worked for Accenture, starting as a Managing Director. As Commercial Director (effectively COO), Don grew client portfolio annual revenue from $80 million to $140 million over a two-year period. He developed sales executive teams, increased reoccurring revenue streams and improved booked to bill ratio resulting in a changed work force model to reduce cost to serve, improving operating margin by 20 percent. Don has extensive outsourcing experience and global program delivery including application development, application maintenance and business process outsourcing. He has developed business cases and worked with executive teams and boards to gain program approval. He has been on both sides of the table for major contract negotiations and understands how to structure responsibilities (SLAs) in a mutually beneficial manner. Additionally, Don has designed and implemented governance structures to sustain performance. At Patina, Don works with clients to leverage resources and develop growth, improvement, and transformation initiatives across multiple industries, with a range of innovation and experiences from information technology, to finance management and supply chain.

Don has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Madison. He has served on committees at both the UW-Madison School of Business and its Industrial Engineering Department.

Suzanne Simonett

Sue is a proven technology executive experienced in strategic business planning for major corporations, IT consulting, and career coaching and mentoring. Her most recent role was Vice President Information Technology, CTO at General Mills, where she was responsible for developing information systems and strategies with oversight of a global staff of more than 900.

Sue has extensive experience and a strong record of success and leadership with Application Development and Analysts, Enterprise Data and Analytic Solutions, Technical Architecture and Services, Security and Governance, Network & Communications, and Data Center Operations.

She holds degrees from Gustavus Adolphus College (BA in Mathematics) and Carlson School of Management (MBA).

Michelle Smead

Michelle brings more than 25 years of executive search experience to Patina Solutions’ clients. She has held executive positions with DHR International, A.T. Kearney, KPMG and EY. She has served clients in private and public, large cap industrial/consumer companies, professional and financial services firms, and nonprofit organizations. Michelle is known for her business acumen, assessment of leadership that aligns to the strategy and culture of clients and quality delivery. Functional expertise includes recruiting C-level and senior roles in finance, operations, business development, marketing/communications, strategy, and human resources.

Michelle has also been recognized for her experience in diversity. She served as a global member of the Diversity Council at A.T. Kearney and led the executive practice. Her diversity work has increased the representation of diverse leadership within client firms.

Michelle is a member of the International Women’s Forum, Board of Directors of Executive Leaders in Transition, past President of the Kellogg’s Executive Women’s Network and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Women’s Board, and former Board Member of the DePaul Theater School. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her MBA from Northwestern Kellogg School of Management.

Daren Samuels

As National Practice Director, Daren leads Patina’s Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Operations practice, and works directly with clients to meet their needs. Capabilities include Business Transformation, Supply Chain Management, Complexity Reduction, Sourcing & Procurement, Planning & Scheduling, Process Improvement, Lean Manufacturing, Product Development, Product Cost Management, and Project Management.

Daren has extensive leadership and consulting experience, as well as Automotive industry expertise, having been at organizations such as Wilson Perumal & Company, Win Enterprises, Accenture and A.T. Kearney. Prior to joining Patina, Daren was a Managing Director and Owner of Vector Management Advisors, LLC.

Daren earned his M.B.A. from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and his B.A. in Economics from Bellarmine University.

Scott Hoffman

As National Practice Director, Scott works with Patina’s business practitioners to assist private equity organizations and their portfolio companies as they address a range of key business needs. Among his capabilities are due diligence expertise, solving operational improvement challenges, providing “hands on,” situation-specific Board talent, and supporting talent development needs via coaching and mentoring.

Scott is an Operating Executive with more than 30 years of “on the ground” skills. He has extensive experience in Private Equity operations, M&A, new product development, global expansion and channel development. He is a growth-focused leader with a proven-track record of portfolio company optimization.

Prior to joining Patina, Scott spent six years at Baird Capital as full-time Operating Partner, where he served as Executive Chairman of the Board at SloanLED and Kason Corporation. Before that, he was at Brady Corporation for more than 25 years in several executive roles.

Scott earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing and Finance from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Kelly Furstoss

Kelly is a proven executive and leader in management consulting, S&OP, warehousing, logistics, transportation, customer service and procurement, with an emphasis in food and packaging supply chain offerings.

Prior to joining Patina, Kelly was VP, Supply Chain and Customer Care at Kerry and held senior supply chain leadership positions at Glanbia Performance Nutrition and Pactiv/Reynolds Consumer Products.

Kelly earned her BA from Michigan State University in Logistics, Materials & Supply Chain Management. She is CPIM certified, and a member of CSCMP, Women’s Foodservice Forum, AWESOME, mentoring emerging women leaders in supply chain. Kelly is an experienced industry panelist.

Bob Fry

Bob is a healthcare insurance executive and subject matter expert who works directly with clients to meet their needs. A senior executive with more than 30 years of experience across multiple disciplines in the healthcare industry, he specializes in developing and implementing innovative solutions to increase profits and exceed growth expectations.

Bob spent more than 25 years at Cigna Healthcare where he worked across multiple divisions in the development of new products, services and driving improved performance of existing segments. More recently, before consulting with Patina clients, he was the Vice President of Sales of the newly established Government and Education segment. He developed and led a new distribution model that doubled the segment to more than 1.4 million customers and increased customer retention rates to over 98 percent.

Bob has a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Doane University and an M.B.A from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Allison Chappelle

Allison is a strategic, results-driven and creative Talent and Human Resources (HR) leader and Executive Recruiter with more than 25 years of expertise in Talent Acquisition, Human Resources and Talent Strategy. She has led large internal HR/Talent Management and Recruitment teams for Fortune 500 companies including Best Buy and Adecco Group, and understands first-hand the challenges companies face in identifying and attracting top talent in today’s competitive talent market.

Allison brings a depth of understanding to identifying and vetting talent. By partnering closely with her clients to understand their unique cultures, strategies and business issues, Allison is able identify the best talent and fit for each organization. She has been recognized as a strategic thinker and problem solver with an ability to build effective business partnerships at all levels and deliver beyond expectations. Allison has conducted searches at all levels and across the globe, including senior C-level executives and strategic industry experts.

Allison is a graduate of Simon Fraser University.