NEW YORK (PRWEB) OCTOBER 01, 2019 — Keystone Strategy, which delivers transformative ideas in strategy, economics and technology to the world’s most influential companies, has expanded its West Coast leadership with two strategic hires.
Jennifer DeWhitt Graves, of Seattle, and Ryan Drake-Lee, of San Francisco, have been named Principals at the firm effective immediately. They will augment the firm’s Digital Transformation and Digital Operations practices, respectively; supporting client strategies related to Data Science and Analytics-enabled operating models. They will also support Keystone’s strategic growth and people development across its West Coast offices.
The duo brings extensive consulting and tech industry experience to the forefront, coming from Google, Starbucks, Bain & Company and McKinsey & Co.
Prior to joining Keystone, Graves was a Senior Program Manager, U.S. Operations, at Starbucks overseeing the margin, inventory and field analytics for 10,000 stores in the U.S. and Canada. While at Starbucks she implemented and led a $500 million waste management program, digitally redesigned inventory, and overhauled reporting for all 10,000 US and Canada stores. Earlier, she worked at Bain & Company in private equity, consumer products, retail, manufacturing, and education.
Graves brings a wealth of knowledge in operations, innovation, and digital transformation. Her focus is on expending the firm’s offerings and leveraging Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning within supply chain, inventory, manufacturing processes, and distribution networks. Graves is a guest professor of Business at the University of Washington, lecturing on operations management and on finance for non-finance majors.
Drake-Lee joined Keystone after working at Google, where he led a 15-plus person team, driving $30 million of incremental revenue. While at Google, he also scaled the vendor team from 14 to 200 plus agents across four locations. He was involved in an operating plan that secured a $13 million budget.
Prior to Google, Drake-Lee was a Director and Project Manager at Tomra of North America, where he advised the Senior Leadership Team. He also performed acquisition due diligence for two potential targets in the hardware and equipment segment, ranging from $12 million to $24 million. Prior to this, he spent five years at McKinsey & Co., where he was an engagement manager and business analyst.
“Both Jennifer and Ryan are critical additions to our leadership team,” said Keystone President, Jeff Marowits. “Keystone was created to advise technology companies on how best to approach challenges associated with the next wave of business transformation be it through Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), or more general digital transformation of strategic business objectives,” he said. “Jennifer and Ryan are wonderful additions, who will expand our reach on the West Coast while offering new and current clients unequaled talent, insights and technology fluency.”
Keystone is an innovative strategy and economics consulting firm delivering transformative ideas and novel solutions to global enterprises and law firms on leading-edge challenges in technology, business, and science. The firm’s expertise in information strategy & risk, economics, product development, digital transformation, AI/ML and antitrust is ideally suited to developing bold strategies that have a far-reaching impact on business, consumers, and public policy. Keystone combines the strategic insights of leading experts from Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Wharton and other top universities with the practical industry expertise of its accomplished professionals to deliver extraordinary impact. Learn more about Keystone at keystonestrategy.com.