Alvarez & Marsal has hired Jeffrey Relf, formerly a Managing Director at FocalPoint Advisory Services, as Managing Director in the firm’s Corporate Performance Improvement practice, based in Houston. The firm has also picked up Suman Jagdev, formerly at Strategy& where he was a Director and Leader of the firm’s Emerging Markets Centre, who joins as Senior Director and lead within the firm's Corporate Solutions practice.
Jeffrey Relf, prior to joining Alvarez & Marsal (A&M), worked at FocalPoint Advisory Services as a Managing Director, focused on supporting executive level business strategy development. He was previously at the BG Group since 2009, most recently as Head of North America Supply Chain, prior to which, ending in 2012, he was Chief Information Officer. He started his career at Accenture where he worked for 23 years, working his way up to the role of Managing Partner.
Relf holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from the University of Arizona, Eller College of Management. In addition, he holds a Certification in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) by the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS).
Relf joins A&M as a Managing Director in the firm’s Corporate Performance Improvement practice. He brings more than 30 years of experience to the role, focused extensively on advising energy sector clients around supply chain management, which has most recently revolved around operating profitably in a low commodity price environment.
“The current landscape provides U.S. companies with strong opportunities and incentives to participate in oil and gas expansion in onshore and offshore energy operations. In this environment, trade deals are important now more than ever. Jeff is a seasoned professional with in-depth supply chain knowledge and insights, who has been instrumental in numerous purchasing and contract negotiations. His extensive experience with energy sector supply chain issues will benefit our clients,” said Michael Davidson, a Managing Director in the firm’s Corporate Performance Improvement practice.
Suman Jagdev, prior to joining A&M, worked at Strategy& (now Part of PwC) as a Director and Leader of the firm’s Emerging Markets Centre, for four years from 2013; he focused predominantly on the automotive and industrial equipment sectors. He previously spent a year at Deloitte Innovation in India, as a Senior Manager. Earlier in his career he worked at Accenture for almost seven years, most recently as a Project Leader.
Jagdev holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science and completed a post graduate diploma in business management from Xavier Institute of Management.
Jagdev joins the consulting firm’s Corporate Solutions practice as a Senior Director and lead the Automotive and Industrial sectors within the practice, focused on transaction advisory and performance improvement. He adds more than fifteen years of experience in the areas of growth and business transformation programmes across automotive, industrial equipment, Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC), metals and mining sectors.
Commenting on the appointment, Manish Saigal, Managing Director with A&M India, remarks, “Given, the Indian auto industry is one of the largest in the world; we see immense potential and opportunities for growth. Suman’s hire demonstrates our commitment to provide clients with the exceptional operations and transformation solutions that help drive change and create value.”
Jagdev says about his new role at the firm, “A&M brings more than three decades of global heritage, pioneering turnaround and performance improvement solutions, and has established a strong foothold in the Indian market across its business offerings. I look forward to working with A&M’s automotive and industrials clients to strengthen the performance of their holding companies, affiliates and portfolio businesses.”