Meet the global leadership team responsible for Proudfoot's business.

Committed to designing, implementing, and accelerating operational transformation across the globe.

Global Leadership

Natural Resources

Jon Wylie | President, Global Natural Resources
Jon Wylie
President, Global Natural Resources

As President of Global Natural Resources, Jon is responsible for the worldwide operations of mining and metals, building (construction) materials, energy, and oil and gas. Jon’s functional knowledge spans the delivery of productivity improvement projects, with specific expertise in behavior change and improved execution of operations. Jon joined Proudfoot in 1987 and has more than 30 years of mining, minerals, and metals experience.
Cay Mims | Vice President, Natural Resources
Cay Mims
Managing Director Natural Resources, Americas

As Managing Director Natural Resources, Americas, Cay brings her expertise to the business development and delivery side of our Americas Natural Resources business: Mining and Metals, and Building Materials. In her strategic role, she also works with Proudfoot’s leadership team to develop and align practice capabilities with the needs of our clients. A geologist by trade, she has more than 20 years of mining, investment banking and consulting experience in exploration and project development, mining and process operations, and project finance and management consulting. Cay’s commodity experience includes base metals, bauxite, coal, diamonds, gold, industrial minerals, platinum group metals, silver and uranium. Her clients consist of top-tier global mining companies, as well as mid-tier and emerging producers from all over the world. Over the course of her career, she has worked in Australia, Africa, the Americas and Asia.
Helder Santos | Natural Resources
Helder Santos
Managing Director Natural Resources, EMEAA

As Managing Director Natural Resources, EMEAA, Helder is responsible for business development and delivery of our projects in mining and metals, building materials and energy across Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. Helder has global experience in more than 100 client companies. He has been responsible for identifying improvement opportunities for major organizations and designing business solutions to deliver significant financial and operational transformations. His projects have included ensuring safe and predictable operations, increasing throughput, enhancing maintenance effectiveness, lean mining, conducting solution based coaching, and improving supply chain management and organizational change capabilities through leadership and people development. Helder has a degree in Chemical Industrial Engineering and an MBA in Management, and speaks fluent English, Portuguese, Spanish and French.

Market Leaders

Phil Alessi | Managing Director, Americas
Phil Alessi
Managing Director, Americas

As Managing Director Americas and member of Proudfoot’s executive team, Phil is chartered with go to market business operations for the Americas, shaping strategic direction, offer development and executing growth strategies. He has a career that, for over 20 years, spans servicing global manufacturers, traversing a wide variety of client-focused roles, and leadership positions. He is passionate about putting the customer at the center, delivery excellence, and people performance.
Dennis Santare | Managing Director, Maintenance and Repair Operations
Dennis Santare
Managing Director, Maintenance and Repair Operations

As Managing Director, Maintenance and Repair Operations (MRO), Dennis brings over twenty years of operating and consulting experience in maintenance leadership and asset support to the MRO practice. He has served as a military aircraft operator and maintenance officer and spent nearly a decade leading sales and strategy teams as an executive for top-tier MRO companies. His clients consist of global transportation, logistics, and supply chain organizations in addition to his sector focus on Aviation and Defense. Dennis has an MBA from The Wharton School and has worked in Australia, ASEAN, Japan, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America.
John Harms | Managing Director, Digital Ready
John Harms
Managing Director, Digital Ready

As a Managing Director in the United States, John is responsible for business development and client engagements in the Americas. John is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of management consulting experience developing business, digital, operational, and people strategies, designing and implementing transformational solutions, and facilitating diverse groups to drive measurable results. He is an expert in large-scale business transformation and performance improvement, including profit improvement and cost reduction. John has established durable client relationships, displaying deep sales and business acumen, building high performing teams, and establishing himself as highly relevant with industrial clients.
Peter Damm | Managing Director, DACH and Central Europe
Peter Damm
Managing Director, DACH and Central Europe

As Managing Director DACH and Central Europe, Peter oversees our client engagements in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Peter joined Proudfoot in 2001 and has an exceptional track record with a variety of companies across multiple sectors – most notably manufacturing, natural resources, business services and financial services.
Joel Kadish | Managing Director, Africa
Joel Kadish
Managing Director, Africa

As Managing Director Africa, Joel is responsible for the South African operation and oversees our client engagements in the Africa region. He has over 15 years’ consulting experience and has managed multiple engagements in petrochemical, manufacturing, telecom, natural resources, financial and FMCG sectors. These engagements range from large scale transformation project to niche bespoke solutions. His design and implementation expertise encompasses Strategy, Operating Models, Change Management, Process and Management Systems
St. John Cameron, Managing Director, Asia
St. John Cameron
Managing Director, Asia

Having originally joined Proudfoot in 1991, St.John has been designing and delivering transformation programs for clients for 27 years. From initially working in Europe and Southern Africa. For the last 13 years, St. John has been based in Hong Kong, developing Proudfoot’s client base throughout Greater China and South East Asia from Hong Kong. He is proud to lead our enthusiastic and passionate local Proudfoot teams who create great partnerships with our clients to deliver outstanding results.
Duncan Manuel, Managing Director, UK and Ireland
Duncan Manuel
Managing Director, UK and Ireland

As Managing Director UK and Ireland, Duncan oversees our client engagements in the United Kingdom. Duncan has 20 years of consulting experience, predominantly focused on the design and delivery of results-oriented business transformation programs in the manufacturing, utilities, and energy sectors. As a result of his work with both pure-play implementation consulting firms, and Systems Integrators, he passionately believes that the delivery of quantifiable outcomes should be at the core of all consulting engagements, with sustainability delivered through behavior change.
Fabien Jurdant, Managing Director, EMEAA
Fabien Jurdant
Managing Director, EMEAA

As Managing Director of EMEAA, Fabien is responsible for business development and delivery of our projects across Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia. With 25 years of experience in international consulting, finance, and performance improvement, Fabien is an expert at assessing projects and organizations from an operational and financial perspective. His business experience and broad work history includes power generation, aerospace, automotive manufacturing, food & drink, chemicals, and utilities. He has led assignments covering a wide range of areas including Supply Chain, Maintenance, Purchasing, Negotiation, Sales & Sales Support, Planning & Scheduling, R&D, Lean Manufacturing, and Inventory Management. Fabien graduated from l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Strasbourg, has an MSc from the London School of Economics, and an MS in International Audit from ESCP-Europe. Fabien is fluent in English, French, and Russian.

Proudfoot Brasil

Francisco Loureiro | Managing Partner ,Brasil
Francisco Loureiro
Managing Partner, Brasil

As Managing Partner of Proudfoot Brasil, Francisco brings over thirty years of management experience in leading global technology and telecom companies. He has led several companies from start up to growth stages in Brasil, Latin America and the USA. Over the last six years his clients consisted of telecom, retail, and supply chain organizations in addition to his sector focus on Infrastructure. Francisco has an MBA from George Washington University and BS and MSc from PUC Rio.
Daniel Vianna de Assis | President, Brasil
Daniel Vianna de Assis
President, Brasil

As President of Proudfoot Brasil, Daniel Assis brings over 20 years of management consulting experience to manufacturing and financial services companies. Daniel has a solid management background in the areas of M&A and financial restructuring services as well as hands on top management experience in leading Brasilian manufacturing organizations. Daniel holds a MBA from University of South Carolina Sumter and degree in Business from FGV São Paulo.
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