Imtiaz Patel

Imtiaz Patel is a seasoned executive and strategy professional with a proven track record of driving significant growth and profit improvement in both consulting and operational roles. Imtiaz has extensive experience in a variety of industries, including retail, consumer goods, media, cybersecurity, and financial services. As a consultant, he has led engagements for some of the best-known brands in the US and Europe and as an operator, he has conceived and launched businesses that have generated hundreds of millions in revenue.

Prior to launching his own consulting firm, Imtiaz was the Head of Strategy & Business Development for The Children’s Place, where he was also the interim Chief Marketing Officer, led the international business and eCommerce. His work there was focused on developing new growth avenues, including international, digital, new product categories and new channels. He also held a number of operational roles at Dow Jones & Company, the publisher of The Wall Street Journal. His tenure there was focused on driving a number of major transformation initiatives. He has also spent 12 years in management consulting with Kurt Salmon Associates, Deloitte Consulting, and Scient.

Imtiaz graduated from The London School of Economics with a B.Sc in Economics, Accounting, and Finance and earned his MBA from Columbia Business School.

Patricio Simpson

Patricio Simpson has operated and advised clients in the functions of pricing, profit management, finance, fund-raising, marketing, and sales & operations. With over 20 years of experience across a number of industries, he brings a deep understanding of financials, data, and technology to the Board Room. Patricio has worked at PwC for 6 years and then Deloitte for 13 years.

Patricio helps executives solve real business problems, with a focus on improving the bottom line, which is why most of his clients would call him a financially driven COO (he dives deep into problems and works side-by-side with executives).

During his free time, in addition to enjoying and raising three children, Patricio believes in giving back to the community and continuously raises money to find a cure to erase cancer. Lately, he has been involved in WEConnect Recovery (a startup with a focus on helping patients in long-term recovery from alcohol or drugs), where he now serves on the Board of Advisors.

Patricio earned his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and is a speaker at both the Stanford Graduate School of Business and UC Berkeley Haas. He is also the creator and moderator of a Friendly Advisory Board (FAB) for Silicon Valley executives.