Founder & Chairman
“I began my career in private equity consulting 30 years ago. First, as a Partner at Bain, then founding The Lucas Group.
Working with some of the top firms in the industry, I always thought there was a better way – a more effective model for delivering quality analysis – with precision and insight – but with a radically improved ‘value proposition.’
I am proud to say, that we have arrived. We’ve created a fresh new model, offering our clients an unparalleled level of quality and a value proposition that is in a class of its own. We are setting a new standard – in an old industry – changing how the game is played, and how results are delivered.”
Founder & Chairman
Greg Calaman is a Managing Partner of The Lucas Group and is a leader in the firm’s Private Equity practice. Greg brings 360-degree insight cultivated through roles in management consulting, board-level strategy, and general management in companies ranging from the Fortune 50 to venture-backed start-ups. His reputation as a trusted advisor crosses many industries with especially deep perspective in the healthcare, technology, and finance sectors.
Prior to TLG, Greg served as Head of North America for VC-backed, Nobel Laureate-founded software company Definiens AG where he drove sales, set strategy, and built a winning culture. At Pfizer, he reported to the C-level and led deployment of $200M in investment capital against high-ROI, internal IT opportunities, contributing to a near $1B rise in EBITDA.
Harry Gray is a Managing Partner of The Lucas Group. Harry has a strong track record of driving growth and increasing profits. His general management roles have been broad—from multi-billion dollar P&L leadership roles, including Chief Transformation Officer and ELT member of a Fortune 100 company, to C-level roles at both venture-backed growth companies and middle market portfolio companies of leading investment groups. In several instances, he has been appointed CRO. He has also been a corporate finance, private equity, and M&A professional at top global firms.
Christopher Sekula is a Senior Partner of The Lucas Group—a Bain & Company spinoff focused on the needs of private equity investors and corporate clients. For 25 years, The Lucas Group has completed more than 700 due diligence, growth strategy, and performance improvement assignments.
Chris is a leader in the firm’s Private Equity practice. He has advised numerous investors on business due diligence and has led a variety of growth and operational improvement initiatives in portfolio companies. Chris also specializes in designing and implementing programs to enhance client companies’ operating performance and profitability and in conducting acquisition due diligence reviews.
Andrew Johnston is a Principal at The Lucas Group with a background in investment banking and consulting and has worked on a broad array of consulting projects for clients in the manufacturing, hospitality, retail, distribution and industrial sectors. Andrew oversees the operational and organizational aspects of the Lucas Group’s activities and manages the oversight of the support teams on engagements.
Partner and Strategic Affiliate
A Senior Executive and Accomplished Leader who creates and executes operational strategies, business transformation and process improvements that positively impact the organization. A dynamic and visionary leader with the ability to create and translate strategic roadmaps into actionable goals that influence organizations. Brings the required balance between improved business processes and building human alignment to effectively create change. Thrives in running global multiple divisions in complex and ever-changing business environments, effecting positive cultural shifts that impact bottom line performance.
Michael is a Senior Executive with over 20 years of professional management combining innovation with polished execution and teamwork resulting in consistently overachieving results in competitive business markets. He builds creative and progressive business practices that consistently deliver bottom line results. He has a career-long record of developing constructive relationships and negotiating complex agreements that has enabled him to develop long term loyal customers among Canada’s and the world’s leading companies. He has a proven ability to achieve big wins, market share growth and competitive advantages, while helping companies grow their revenue, contain costs and realize national and world-wide objectives.
Jared is a skilled Industrial Engineer, Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and Senior Consultant with experience in operations leadership, manufacturing, turnarounds, IT projects, delivering projects with high return on investment and creating powerful portrayals of data to drive decision support. His industries of focus include manufacturing, retail & merchandising, supply chain & logistics, business services, and B2B. However, he has experience end-to-end; from receipt of raw materials to the movement of product through the supply chain, to corporate finance, analysis and shared services.
Rob Brickman, CPA, CA is a collaborative problem solver and trusted advisor who makes organizations more effective, compliant, adaptive and profitable in managing their reliance on third parties. Rob’s passion is making sure that there is structure, good governance and financial benefit whenever an organization entrusts processes, services and infrastructure to a third party. Rob brings over 30 years of business and consulting experience and innovation in consulting, outsourcing governance, operational risk management, global service delivery, finance, controls, business and IT strategy and large program management. An exceptional communicator, Rob is adept at working cross-functionally in complex organizations and builds consensus with diplomacy and integrity.
Darryl is an operations focused executive with direct experience developing and implementing industry-leading programs in the natural resources, pharmaceutical and health care industries. He had more than 20 years of experience building Best Practices based operating environments globally. With the vision, leadership, and an innovative strategic mind-set Darryl has, he led organizations in several industries in development of solid operating foundations. Throughout his career, Darryl and his teams had implemented cost-reduction initiatives totaling over $500M and improved ROI by reducing capital deployed and increasing efficiencies and output through productivity gains.
Stephanie is an innovative global strategy operations leader with a talent for applying creative thinking to resolve complex challenges. She defines effective quality strategies to enhance global customer experiences, increases efficiency in all facets of the global supply chain and achieves significant advances in operational process and leverages expertise in large-scale team creation, expansion and process development to ensure proper alignment of direct reports to company goals with a bias for action.
We are proud of our amazing team of Special Advisors and Experts-In- Residence that provides cutting-edge knowledge of more than 50 industry sectors and essential functional areas. Below are selected profiles of a few of these experts.
John Lennon is an Expert-In-Residence for The Lucas Group. John has over 25 years’ experience in the international beverage industry. He is currently President and CEO of C. Mondavi & Family—founded in 1861, is one of the most successful wine brands in America.
David Proctor is an Expert-In-Residence and Operating Advisor for The Lucas Group. David has President and global executive management experience at three Fortune 500 companies, where he led multi-sector logistics, transport and supply chain services businesses in North America, Asia and Europe. David was also CEO of a venture-backed growth company and Operating Advisor to two private equity firms.
In 2016, The Lucas Group combined forces with The Poirier Group, matching strategy with execution talent to create a single entity with the ability to develop strategic insights and drive execution results. Today, The Lucas Group team with the infused talent of The Poirier Group is a unique resource leading the way at the critical juncture where strategy meets execution.
The Lucas/Poirier group is comprised of approximately one hundred professionals, fielding teams across North America and beyond.
While the combined group have merged operations and function as one seamless unit, we have chosen to keep both brand names and websites in the market due to the valuable reputations and success created by our respective firms.
Projects led by Senior Partners who oversee our ‘tailored teams’ of principals, consultants, managers, and analysts
Deploy engagement managers who were trained by top tier firms such as Bain, McKinsey and BCG
Analytic support by top graduates of such elite schools as Yale, Dartmouth, Princeton, US Service Academies, and Harvard Business School, among others
Industry expertise through our Expert-In- Residence bench and the proprietary network and access to approximately 800 experts