THE RIVER TEAM


The origins of The River Group go back to the late 90s when Sandy and Peter worked together as client and consultant.

Since then, Sandy has been CEO four times, based in the US and in Europe, and has led many successful transformations from M&A to downsizing to restructuring.

Our shared track record led us to form The River Group to help leaders transform their business and businesses transform their leaders.

Our combined client/consultant perspective makes us a different kind of consulting firm. We combine years of experience leading change ourselves or advising others on leading change.

Our track record is strong. And it is shared. We have a shared past. Shared learning. A shared DNA in how to do it well.

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Sandy Lyons

Sandy is CEO and a Partner of The River Group. He has 25 years experience in line executive roles, including over 10 years cumulative experience in the role of Chief Executive Officer for multi-billion dollar global enterprises.

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Peter Thies, PhD

Peter is President and a Partner of The River Group. He has 25 years experience helping global companies implement strategic organizational changes.

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Gavin Fenn-Smith

Gavin Fenn-Smith is a Partner at The River Group. He has twenty years experience in guiding organizations who are growing rapidly or facing other transformative events.

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Oliver Sommer

Oliver is a Partner at The River Group. He has over twenty years experience as a consultant and executive.

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Leslie J Little

Leslie Little is a Partner at The River Group. She has over 25 years of experience serving as a trusted advisor to global CEOs and helping companies implement strategic change.

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Michael Franklin, PhD

Michael is a Partner at The River Group with over 25 years of experience helping CEOs, boards of directors and senior managers to design and implement large-scale organizational change and build leadership capability to drive successful business performance.

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Sally Ann Jones

Sally Ann is a Partner at The River Group and has 25 years experience helping global companies implement strategic change.

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Christine Scheffer

Christine is Regional Manager at The River Group, based in the United Arab Emirates. She has fifteen years of US and international HR experience, specializing in complex company start-ups, mergers, joint ventures, organizational change initiatives and HR restructures.

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Bani Mahindroo Kumar

Bani is a Principal of The River Group. She has a wide range of experience in organizational effectiveness, culture change, performance management, and talent assessment and development.

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Ana Maria Sencovici

Ana Maria Sencovici is a Principal at The River Group. She has many years experience as an expert in talent and leadership development.

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Lisa Shall

Lisa Shall is a Principal at The River Group. She has several years of experience transforming talent through a variety of organizational effectiveness initiatives across many companies and industries.

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Katherine Stowe

Katherine is a Principal at The River Group. She has ten years experience leading diverse teams and executing multi-billion dollar programs.

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Laura McLaine

Laura is responsible for all aspects of administration within The River Group.

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Rhea Welch

Rhea is head of marketing for The River Group. She is responsible for creating and managing all marketing and business development activity at the firm.

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