Kathy Iversen
Managing Director
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30+ years in consulting, management and leadership roles
Senior operational interim management in retail and apparel consumer products, specializing in PD&D, sourcing and merchandising operations
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Dr. Kathy Iversen is a Managing Director of Alvarez & Marsal in Chicago. With more than 25 years of experience, she is a seasoned practitioner in merger integration, sales force effectiveness, supply chain, cost reduction, business innovation and organizational transformation. Her primary focus is on operational processes in the consumer products, apparel and retail industries.

Dr. Iversen‘s engagements include: led a pre-acquisition operational diligence, consumer insights and 180-day post-acquisition growth-focused planning effort regarding a $400 million regional off-price retailer, and subsequently served as the company’s COO; performed a pre-acquisition operational diligence of a home décor and accessories designer / wholesaler, identifying the post-acquisition 100-day plan needed to turn around the company’s performance; and operationalized the go-to-market strategy of a leading high-end women’s direct marketing retailer, resulting in a 30 percent growth in sales.

In addition, she led a board-level effort to reorganize the operations and sales approach of a B2B engineering and manufacturing company to enable it to regain profitability in its North American markets, while investing for growth in target markets globally; developed an operational turnaround plan for a regional discount retailer; oversaw the pre-acquisition planning for the takeover of a $400 million fashion apparel maker, and then served as interim COO post-acquisition during its first eight months, when the firm’s profitability increased by 15 percent; and program managed the merger integration of three paper machine makers to successfully launch a leading global entity, focusing on back office functions, a global sales and service, and product development.

Before A&M, Dr. Iversen was a managing director with BearingPoint, where she drove marketing and solution innovations for the delivery of the practice's services worldwide. In addition, she led the BearingPoint Institute for Executive Insight, which focused on developing and publishing the firm's thought leadership in key topical areas to drive globally productive enterprises.

Earlier, Dr. Iversen spent four years as an SVP of strategy and global operations with Target Corp., leading efforts to redefine the retailer's customer focus, and developing and implementing a plan for merchandise and store operations, vendor management and supply chain operations to enable shorter speed-to-market for all brand apparel and hard goods.

Previously, Dr. Iversen was a partner with Arthur Andersen, holding various leadership roles and managing the St. Charles Center for Executive Education.

Dr. Iversen earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in quantitative business analysis from The Pennsylvania State University. She also earned a doctorate from Carnegie-Mellon University, in organizational design / effectiveness and in the application of analytical methods to address both public and private organizational issues. She teaches organizational design as an Adjunct Professor at Washington University, and holds an Adjunct Chair in the Gallatin School of NYU, where she teaches the keys to successful retail and wholesale operations.