Senior Strategists

One of the greatest advantages that SIP offers its clients is our uncommon breadth of experience in the strategic, operational and competitive contexts that organization leaders must navigate every day.

Our team colleagues have logged years in the trenches – conceptualizing, architecting, implementing, scaling and accounting for the solutions that will be required to advance your leadership and organizational development goals.

All of us are currently, or have been, senior enterprise executives, strategic and operational management consultants, private company or family enterprise Board directors, university educators and corporate training developers, and subject matter experts. In addition, each of our career journeys has involved extensive experience with one or more key areas of the emerging global corporate integrity/ESG movement.

With a worldview shaped by values and purpose, we deliver the capabilities that are critical to transforming your competitive readiness so you may build a more durable enterprise premised upon authentic value creation.

Deb Boyda, M.S.A.
Leadership, Governance, Board-Director Development; Corporate Integrity/ESG

  • Highly experienced Board director for private companies and family-held enterprises
    Actively focused on navigating ESG operational and governance issues within her current Board engagements
  • Former CEO with over 35 years of marketing expertise in consumer goods and innovative Voice of the Customer initiatives
  • Expertise in private company governance, Board director development, and human capital management with strategic priority on creating exceptional customer experiences via business model digitization and DEI&B oriented cultures for a preferred employer brand
  • Currently Board Director for Wells Enterprises, a $2B family-owned CPG manufacturer
    Chairs the Compensation and Talent Management Committee, and serves on the Nominating and Governance as well as Audit committees
  • Currently Board Director for Trustmark Benefits, a national employee benefits company with $2.5B in assets and an A- rating by A.M. Best; member, Audit and Compensation committees
  • Former CEO, Isobar/Dentsu, a leading digital technology firm within a multi-billion dollar global professional services network
    Company awarded Fast Company "Best Workplaces for Innovators" (2021) and a Leader in the Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Global Marketing Agencies” for seven consecutive cycles
    Led the successful acquisition of a $50MM independent e-commerce firm as well as the integration of multiple acquired companies
    Clients included Enterprise Holding Inc., US Airforce, Apple, Peloton, Adidas
  • Former CEO/President, Publicis:Sapient/Razorfish
    Publicis employs more than 12,000 colleagues located in 70 offices worldwide. Grew the SapientRazorfish revenue by +50%, making it the most profitable and fastest growing business unit
    Earlier roles include:
  • Vice President/General Manager, Global Spirits & Wine, heading a high growth business unit with P&L management of a $450M portfolio
  • Vice President – Content, Miller Brewing Company
  • Managing Partner, Ogilvy & Mather, leading the team that launched the award-winning Dove "Campaign for Real Beauty" in North America
  • Senior Vice President, Leo Burnett
  • Treasurer for The Chicago Network, dedicated to empowering and supporting influential women leaders
  • Member, National Association of Corporate Directors, Private Corporate Directors Association, Private Directors Association, Women Corporate Directors
  • M.S.A., Integrated Marketing, Northwestern University
  • B.A., Harvard University

Tamara Gracon, M.B.A.
Human Capital; DEI&B; Strategy Economics; Conscious Leadership and Governance

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Tom C. Hogan, D.M.
Human Capital Management; DEI&B Policy and Program Development

  • Human Capital Management scholar, strategic advisor, executive coach, and EdTech thought leader
  • Internationally recognized SME on business ethics, DEI&B, and socially responsibility
  • Academic posts include Professor of Practice in Human Resource Management, School of Labor and Employment Relations (current), Teaching and Learning with Technology Faculty Fellow (2020-21) and Scholar, Engagement Academy (2019-21) – Penn State University; and Interim Associate Provost, Office of Faculty Affairs as well as Director, Department of Worldwide Faculty Recruitment and Appointments – University of Maryland Global Campus
  • Appointed (October 2021) to the International Organization for Standardization ESG Advisory Panel
  • Appointed to the SHRM Blue Ribbon Commission on Racial Equity (August 2020)
  • Collaborating with the World Economic Forum’s “Empowering AI Leadership” initiative to develop an Ethical AI Toolkit for C-Suite executives (May 2020)
  • Twenty-three years in leadership roles managing operations and P&L for AT&T Corporation:
    As Director of Strategic Talent Acquisition and Retention; Workforce Diversity and EEO/AA
    Managed the acquisition of culturally diverse talent; ensured development of an inclusive workforce. Crafted the strategy and implementation plan to attract and retain culturally diverse management, professional and technical talent in the US and internationally
    Interfaced directly with AT&T senior leadership to implement a sustainable diversity model that met current business needs while building future talent pools
    Managed the AT&T Global Employment Brand, representing the company to external stakeholders as well as the Corporate Workforce Diversity and EO/AA functions
    As Senior Employment and Talent Acquisition Manager:
    Developed the employer brand strategy. Managed component of HR Outsourcing. Provided solutions to internal clients. Managed the Consumer Leadership Development Program. Led the Quality Improvement team responsible for re-engineering process to verify AT&T compliance with immigration laws
  • Finalist, 2021 EdTech Digest Awards – Higher Education Technology Leader category
  • Board Member and Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Pennsylvania SHRM State Council
  • Member, Board of Advisors of Patriapps, a SaaS venture studio firm
  • Awarded Executive Leadership Coaching certificate, Georgetown University Institute of Transformational Leadership
  • D.M., Management and International Relations, University of Maryland Global Campus
  • M.R.P. (Regional Planning)/M.P.A. (Public Administration), Penn State University
  • B.A., Behavioral Sciences, Park College

Alec Alessandra, M.B.A., CPM
Supply Chain ESG; Supply Chain Leadership and Operations Transformation

  • Extensive experience across multiple facets of global supply chain and manufacturing operations, including next-generation corporate responsibility and sustainability practices, supply chain ESG strategies and risk management
  • Director of Manufacturing for the California headquarters of a French owned leader in human machine interface devices and value-added manufacturing
  • Deere & Company: More than 25 years in senior leadership roles
    Director, Supply Management, Compliance & Strategic Planning
    Leadership portfolio included Supplier Code of Conduct, Dodd Frank Conflict Minerals Reporting, Supplier Environmental Risk, Global Supply Management Quality Standards/Audits, and Supply Management Employee Conduct
    Responsible for ensuring of no negative public issues in the supply chain which could affect the corporate brand
    Director, Supply Management & Order Fulfillment
    Supply management of three acquired micro-drip irrigation businesses across global factories including in Israel, Brazil, Australia, Chile, Argentina, India and the U.S.
    Director, Supply Management, Technology & Process Excellence
    Responsible for supply chain processes of Advanced Innovation; Technology Development; New Product Design, Supplier Quality, Development and Ratings
    Grew supplier portal and associated support to over 2 million hits per month
    Director, Supply Management, Operations
    Domain included four global purchasing offices (China, India, E. Europe and Korea)
    Responsible for $4B in spend, Supplier Diversity program
    Created foundation for excellence in program, achieving U.S. spend increase with Veteran-Owned Suppliers
    Director, Supply Management, World Wide Service Parts
    Maintained operational excellence of 97%+ availability as well as industry leading inventory turn
    Completed capital expansion ($5M) in Europe for additional logistics capabilities
    Director, CIS Manufacturing, Mannheim, Germany
    Responsible for conducting feasibility study for creating local manufacturing footprints for Agricultural Equipment in the Former Soviet Union
  • Captain, U.S. Army, Armor Branch, Korea and Colorado; Fluent in French and Japanese
  • Certified Purchasing Manager (Lifetime Certification) ISM; Former Board Member, Illinois Manufacturing Extension Council and Wisconsin Manufacturing Partnership
  • M.B.A., University of Dubuque
  • B.A., Applied Physics, United States Military Academy, West Point

Mike Regan, M.B.A.

Chief Analyst; Market Value-Valuation Strategist

  • An experienced investor, business and financial analyst, writer and speaker focusing on the correlations between leadership, management, and governance; business strategy and execution models; operations; and investment integrity with the drivers of in-market financial performance and valuation
  • Twenty-two years of experience in analysis across multiple industries and market cycle dynamics that has enabled development of advanced insights on issues involving company growth rates, cash flow, margins, capital structure, working capital, and the competitive landscape
  • Former equity analyst at Long/Short hedge funds
    As a generalist including at Roubaix Capital and Hawkshaw Capital, analyzed consumer durables and cyclicals, industrials, chemicals, aerospace, media, telecom, tech, energy and REITs – essentially every business model currently at play in the cannabis supply chain
  • Former Equity Research Analyst for the Investor Intelligence premium service of MJBizDaily, the cannabis industry’s leading media, intelligence, and conference company
  • Regular Contributor to MJBizDaily as well as America’s Cannabis Conversation on W420 Radio
  • Currently Premium Investment Research Consultant as Principal of MJResearchCo, LLC
  • Early on, covered the cable and satellite industries at Donaldson, Lufkin, & Jenrette, Credit Suisse, and Deutsche Bank
  • Former Director, Innovation and Product Strategy at Liberty Mutual
  • M.B.A., Sloan School of Management, MIT
  • B.S.B.A., Georgetown University (Finance Major; Biology Minor)

Yan Hai, M.A.Sc
Compliance, Quality, Risk and Regulations

  • Over 18 years of progressive experience in the pharmaceutical, cannabis, medical device, and natural health products industries including scientific and quality management contributions to some 300 projects to date
  • Knowledge and extensive experience within a range of quality and compliance matters including cGxPs, FDA and Health Canada drug, cannabis and medical device regulatory standards, and ISO frameworks
  • A track record of success improving quality systems, interpreting new regulatory requirements, fixing gaps between quality systems and regulatory standards, implementing CAPA systems, and advancing quality processes to ensure compliance and cost effectiveness
  • Held a variety of roles with global pharmaceutical leaders including Sanofi Pasteur, Novartis, Taro Pharmaceuticals and Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • President and Principal Consultant – Innova Medipharm, Inc., specializing in regulatory compliance, quality assurance, and cGxPs services for the cannabis and pharmaceutical industries
  • Client engagements include inspection readiness, auditing, SOP development, GMP and ISO qualification, quality management system alignment, deviation investigation, gap assessment and change control programs
  • M.A.Sc, Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry & Biomaterials/Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto, Canada
  • B.Eng., Chemical Engineering, Tongji University, China