Whitewater Principals

 

Whitewater is a group of highly experienced global executives, each with a real-world track record in driving organisations through substantive transformational change with a success rate of over 90%.

 

Adam Salzer OAM - Chair

Adam is one of the world’s most experienced professional drivers of fundamental transformation through companies employing large workforces (1,000 to 200,000 staff). He has been transforming large complex organisations since the early 1990’s. Initially focused on Asia-Pacific he has expanded globally and was awarded the prestigious ATTA Asia Transformation/Turnaround of the Year for 6 consecutive years. 

Adam has consulted globally with over 150 companies (mainly large, prestigious multinationals) helping them to manage rapid growth, complex mergers, cross-cultural confrontations, joint ventures, efficiency restructuring and downsizing (when unfortunately required).  In each instance he designed and directed the full implementation of the transformation.  He is in demand on the international conference circuit delivering papers on transformational issues including ethics and corruption, strategic workforce planning, Board/C-Suite risk management and harmonious restructuring.

He was named as 1 of the Top 20 most influential Australians in Asia by BRW and was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his work supporting people with disabilities.

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Glen Casey - Transformation Expert Advisor

Glen is an experienced business adviser, CEO and Non-Executive Director. He has been consulting and working with a diverse range of businesses over the last 12 years with a major focus on wholistic business transformation, strategic reviews, profit improvement and manufacturing efficiency enhancement. More recently Glen has specialised in supporting the global acceleration of rapidly expanding disruptive organisations.

Prior to consulting, Glen was active at CEO level in a number of large, complex businesses across a wide variety of industries globally. 

Glen’s more recent work has been transformation focused. He is a director of the Australian Transformation and Turnaround Association and has worked with Government and industry to transform themselves into profitable, effective and future-roof organisations. 

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Marcus Derwin - Transformation Expert Advisor

Marcus Derwin bring more than 30-years’ experience in corporate transformation and restructuring across a wide range of sectors. He is highly sought after to provide strategic advice and interim executive capability to clients undertaking complex restructuring and recapitalisation situations.

He is a well-regarded restructuring partner and has provided advice and assistance to most industries but with a particular focus on Financial Services, Resources, Agriculture and Manufacturing. Primarily these engagements were operational in nature, requiring significant stakeholder management, implementation and execution capability requirements.

In addition to his already extensive skill set, Marcus brings considerable knowledge of funds and funds management to the group. This experience was gained across the AusPac region and the United States.  
 
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Laurel Marshall - Transformation Expert Advisor

Laurel, based in US, is a respected global transformation leader, HR executive and consultant who focuses on navigating high-level, complex enterprise-wide initiatives and facilitating impactful change in highly ambiguous and resistant settings. She specialises in organisations with large distributed workforces in multi-country, multi-business units undertaking significant reinvention. She drives changes to business models through advising leadership and transforming the workforce. 

Laurel has held senior strategic leadership positions across the Science and Technology sectors. She has ensured harmonious and successful integrations of large-scale workforce’s in large M&A environments.

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Simran Gambhir - Transformation Expert Advisor

Simran has a strong technology and business focus, frequently advising C-suites and Boards on creating technology roadmaps to underpin their business strategy. His accomplishments include the ability to add value to the bottom line by identifying, developing and implementing leading edge technological initiatives that maximise efficiency and hence revenue.

Simran is an innovative user of technologies that result in producing outstanding business applications. He possesses great initiative, focus and passion; these attributes, combined with practical work experience, allow him to develop solutions that maximise the capabilities of people, processes and technology. He has operated at CTO level in a number of companies and start-up incubators, consequently his knowledge of venture capital and the emetrging technologies is broad and deep. He calls himself a code-cutter, in that he examines the actual coding that underpins digital disruption initiatives.  

Simran is uniquely able to absorb complexities and translate them into simple principles that have practical applications. He is hands on, and embraces new ideas, new technology and new ways of thinking.

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Maria Wu - Transformation Expert Advisor

Maria Wu is one of China’s most respected hands-on transformational consultants. Based in Beijing she is an economist by education, Maria has proven experience in successfully managing complex corporate transformation projects across Asia including efficiency improvement, post deal integration to restructure of non-performing business.

In addition to Whitewater Transformations, Maria is managing director for a consulting company which provides operational improvement services to local state owned enterprises as well as large foreign multinational companies and has successfully designed and managed many large complex transformational assignments.

Maria understands the challenges of driving meaningful change in business and operating models through ex-SOE and MNCs organisations with embedded change resistance. She has won several awards for her work in transforming companies in China. She also has deep experience in driving successful organisational restructuring solutions into Fortune 500 companies throughout Asia Pacific.

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