Marakon

Marakon partners with CEOs, their executive teams and business leaders to drive value transformation.

8 Finsbury Circus, London, EC2M7EA

Strategy

We are a leading strategy consulting firm that has helped CEOs and their teams build stronger, successful organisations for over 40 years.

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Team Size 100 - 150
Established 1978

We are a leading strategy consulting firm that has helped CEOs and their teams build stronger, successful organisations for over 40 years.

Our clients hire us when their ambitions are high but the way forward is unclear, and when long-term success is as important as immediate impact.

We are a premier corporate strategy firm with the experience and track record of helping CEOs and their leadership teams achieve winning performance and build stronger organizations.

Marakon has been working with business leaders for more than 30 years. Our teams combine deep sector experience and functional knowledge. Led by our Directors who are “on the ground”, we have helped our clients to create the strategies and capabilities to outperform the competition.

Marakon’s approach is underpinned by value creation as the common denominator for decision making; a rigorous process based on a deep set of facts; and the assessment of alternative strategies as a mechanism to build leadership team commitment to the best path forward.

Helping our clients raise the level of ambition, create clarity on the best strategic direction and path for getting there, and put in place the culture, standards and accountabilities for making it happen is what we do. As a result, we have built a reputation for providing productive challenge and working with a client portfolio that has consistently outperformed its peers

What Makes Us Distinctive

Strategy Focus: Marakon uniquely serves only CEOs and their leadership teams, delivering strategic insight, advisory, and helping clients translate strategy into performance.

Unique Culture: Consultants on our small, tightly-knit project teams are given significant responsibility early, working directly with our Vice Presidents and client executives. You’ll learn fast and make an impact from day one.

Sustainable Work-Life Balance: We believe in the importance of balance. Our consultants work hard but not on weekends, and we use a manageable travel model when working internationally. We offer a sabbatical programme and put a lot of energy into a social agenda for our local offices.

Entrepreneurial Environment: At Marakon, you will shape the direction of the firm. Consultants play a pivotal role in recruiting, marketing, knowledge management, training and more.

Founders & Leaders

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Mason Kissell

Managing Director, New York

Mason Kissell is a Managing Director and leader of Marakon globally. In his 30 years of experience, Mason has worked with leadership teams to transform company performance through changes to portfolio and business strategies and organisational design – talent, management process, structure, and goals / measures / rewards. Mason’s work has focused on B2B2C companies with extensive experience in OTC Medicines, Health & Wellness, Infant Nutrition, Personal & Small business P&C insurance, Wealth Management and Retail Banking.

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Neal Kissel

Managing Director, London

Neal is a Managing Director at Marakon and leads the firm’s operations in the UK and Europe. For over 20 years, Neal has been advising CEOs and board-level management in developed and emerging markets on strategic, operating and organizational changes needed to deliver superior shareholder returns. He has a particular interest in portfolio shaping and design through organic and inorganic means. Neal is a recognized authority on improving corporate performance both in the customer and capital markets and has extensive experience in financial services, energy, and health care. In addition to his client work, Neal has been a guest lecturer at LBS, authored many articles and contributed to the FT and Sunday times on topics of management. Prior to joining Marakon, Neal worked as an attorney and spent several years as a professional free-style skier in Aspen Co.

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Marina Belezina

Director, Financial Services, London

Marina is a Director in Marakon’s Financial Services practice. She has nearly 15 years experience working with senior executives of leading banks and insurers in the UK, Europe and North America. Marina’s area of expertise spans retail banking, business banking, commercial and wholesale banking and private clients and insurance. She has also served clients in the consumer goods and industrial sectors. She has advised clients on a wide range of issues including: portfolio management, capital management, customer proposition and operating model design and implementation, growth and profitability improvement, organisational design and change management and transaction advisory and support. Her past clients include Bank of Ireland, Lloyds Banking Group, Barclays, Santander, KBC, ABN AMRO, AIG, Prudential and Aegon etc.

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Christine Delivanis

Director, Consumer, Health & Wellness, London

Christine Delivanis has been a consultant and senior advisor for over 15 years, with a focus on the Consumer Goods industry and a geographic reach that has spanned Europe, Asia, Latin America, the US, Africa, and Australia. She has served senior executives in the food, beverage, alcohol, and tobacco sectors, on topics including strategic transformation, organic growth, productivity improvement, pricing and revenue management, new business models, and brand development / premiumisation. Christine is a recognised authority on helping low margin manufacturing businesses in the food sector drive performance improvement and value creation. She has authored and published numerous articles on this topic in leading industry publications, including Food Manufacture and the Grocer. Prior to joining Marakon, Christine was a Partner at the Monitor Group’s London office.

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Lauren Yarbrough

Director, Consumer, Health & Wellness, Chicago

Lauren Yarbrough has over 15 years’ experience in strategic advisory with deep expertise in customer insight and customer-centric strategy development. Lauren has advised a wide range of branded consumer goods companies, as well as regional and global retailers, helping them develop actionable consumer/customer insight, tightly linked to economics, to drive both growth and productivity improvements. More recently, Lauren has focused on helping companies outside the traditional B2C space to embed customer-centric tools and capabilities to unlock profitable growth. This includes industrials with distribution /dealer networks (B2B2C), financial services, and education. Lauren has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Duke University and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

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Ron Langford

Director, New York

Ron has advised senior executives on issues ranging from corporate and business unit growth strategies to organization design and leadership. His expertise spans an array of industries, including financial services, energy, chemicals, consumer products, telecommunications and technology. Ron joined Marakon in 1980 and later relocated to the East Coast to help establish the firm’s presence in the region. In 2000, he joined the London office, where he oversaw global practice development and partner management. He has authored a number of articles on senior management issues. Prior to joining Marakon, Ron worked for Security Pacific National Bank (now Bank of America) in marketing and for Applied Decision Analysis as a consultant.

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Johann Franke

Director, London

Johann Franke has over 10 years of experience in strategy and organization advisory across Europe, Asia and North America. The main sectors Johann focuses on are life & health insurance and oil & gas, but he has also served senior executives in industrials and petrochemicals. He has helped clients set the forward strategy for their businesses, shape corporate portfolios and develop their organisations to enable sustainable long term growth. Johann’s recent work has included setting the long term strategic direction and investment programme for a integrated downstream and petrochemicals business in South Asia, designing a growth orientated operating model for a mid-sized E&P company in Europe, and determining the future participation model for a global health insurance and healthcare company headquartered in the EU.

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Marakon is a premier corporate strategy firm with the experience and track record of helping CEOs & their teams achieve winning performance.

Values

  • Strategy Focus
  • Unique Culture
  • Sustainable Work-Life Balance
  • Entrepreneurial Environment

Awards

  • Ivy Exec: Marakon Ranked Among the Best Consulting Firms to Work For, 2017
  • Top Ranked Boutique Consulting Firms: Marakon Ranked #2 as Top Boutique Consulting Firm to Work For, 2016
  • The JobCrowd: Marakon Ranked #2 among Best Small Consulting Companies for Graduates to Work For, 2015/2016
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