USC Consulting Group Reorganizes Top Management

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Ron Walker moves up to chairman and CEO; George Coffey and James Ostrosky named co-presidents; Richard Gross to lead new business development.

In a move designed to accelerate growth and development, as well as improve its offerings to a growing number of clients, USC Consulting Group, LLC (USCCG) has announced key management changes involving four of its top executives. Ronald K. Walker, 60, who has been president and CEO of the Tampa, Florida-based management consulting firm since 2000, has been named chairman and CEO.

George W. Coffey, 53, and James A. Ostrosky, 54, have been promoted to co-presidents of the company and will share responsibility for managing the firm's day-to-day operations and for expanding the scope and quality of services the company provides its clients. Mr. Coffey had been senior vice president for business development for the past six years. Mr. Ostrosky had been senior vice president for product development and technology, a position to which he was appointed in 2001. Each will continue to focus on his area of strength: Mr. Coffey in business development and Mr. Ostrosky in technology and delivery. Mr. Walker stressed that, in addition, Mr. Coffey will work more closely with the investment community, including private equity and investment banking, as well as seeking and negotiating possible acquisitions to enhance USCCG's offerings and fuel its growth.

Richard Gross, 48, executive vice president of analysis, will add new business development, a role formerly held by Mr. Coffey, to his responsibilities and will report directly to Messrs. Coffey and Ostrosky.This reorganization allows Mr. Walker to spend more time focusing on the company's strategic development and charting its course for the future.

"We are entering an era of growth in worldwide demand for management consulting services, fueled by such factors as globalization, new technology and an ever-changing work force," Mr. Walker said of the reorganization. "In recent years we have taken a number of measures to prepare our company to take advantage of these favorable market conditions. This is just one more step in broadening our product offering, developing or otherwise acquiring leading edge technologies, and adding professional staff to make USCCG more competitive."

Mr. Walker joined USCCG in 1970 and specialized in analysis, administration and operations.

Mr. Ostrosky was hired as a project consultant in 1973. During his 27 years with USCCG, he has held positions at every level in operations. In 2001, he was appointed senior vice president for product development and technology and was responsible for systems development, implementation and administration; blended learning solutions content and delivery; and strategic alliances. He chairs the firm's Continuing Education Committee and is a member of the Executive Board.

Mr. Coffey has been with the firm since 1978, when he joined as a project consultant in operations. He ultimately moved through the ranks with appointments to project manager, operations manager, business development executive, and regional manager/analyst. He became a partner in 1989, an executive partner in 1995, and in 1999 the senior partner responsible for sales, marketing and client relations. He currently chairs the Strategic Planning Committee and is a member of the Executive Board with responsibility for all policy matters.

Most recently executive vice president for analysis and leverage, Mr. Gross joined USCCG in 1981 as a project consultant, ultimately working his way through the ranks to become a senior operations manager. He moved into analysis and became a partner in 1990 and was named an executive partner in the firm in 2000.

"These promotions signal an important new stage in the history of our company," commented Mr. Walker. "With these critical functions in capable and experienced hands, we are well positioned to build an even brighter future on our past successes."

USCCG is an independent management consulting firm with nearly 40 years' experience in the area of business performance improvement. The firm excels at operational effectiveness and offers an array of services that include Six Sigma, Lean transformation, supply chain optimization, process optimization, project management, training and facilitation, modeling and simulation, patient flow management, performance based logistics, value stream mapping, and blended learning solutions. For more information, visit their web site at USC Consulting Group, LLC.

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