THE RIVER TEAM
Biographies of The River Group’s consultants
We believe leadership is the difference all the time, every time. Our purpose is to find and develop great leaders and help them build great organizations.
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.
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.Full Biography Email Sandy
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.Full Biography Email Peter
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.Full Biography Email Michael
Diya Kapur Misra
Diya is a Partner at The River Group, based in Mumbai, India. She has over eighteen years of rich and diverse experience across consulting and business HR roles. Diya specialises in leadership assessment, senior executive development, coaching, talent management, and design and execution of cohort programs for high potential development.Full Biography Email Diya
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.Full Biography Email Christine
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.Full Biography Email Bani
Fusako (Sako) Matsui, PhD
Sako is a Principal at The River Group. She has many years of external and internal consulting experience helping global companies drive complex change, accelerate execution, transform leadership capabilities, and build culture of engagement, growth, and results.Full Biography Email Fusako
Rachel M. Johnson, PhD
Rachel is a Principal with The River Group, based out of Atlanta, Georgia, USA. She has over 17 years of experience in global consulting and internal HR roles. She specializes in executive assessments for both selection and development, executive coaching, designing leadership development programs for high potentials, competency modeling, and succession management.Full Biography Email Rachel
Laura is responsible for all aspects of administration within The River Group.Full Biography Email Laura