Wally PowersSenior Partner

Areas of Expertise

Global Strategic Sourcing, Process Design and Improvement, Professional Training, Cyber Security

Key highlights

  • Wally began his career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen & Co.
  • As a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Wally brings a financial mindset to help determine cost-effective solutions to clients’ problems
  • Over the course of his 35+ years serving clients, Wally has assisted clients in many industries including manufacturing, distribution, mining, financial services, technology, aerospace, automotive, publishing, governmental, professional services, apparel, and retail.
  • Wally has held senior leadership positions with other organizations including; JP Morgan Chase, West Monroe Partners, Huron Consulting, Navigant Consulting, AnswerThink/Hackett Group, IMC Global (Mosaic) and Arthur Andersen & Co.
Professional background
JP Morgan Chase, Executive Director – Operations Risk Management
  • Responsible for identifying and mitigating risk in the global Asset Management practice
  • Worked directly with practice professionals to improve processes to minimize risk
  • Developed the internal “Cyber Security” training course for the Asset Management group.
  • Delivered the “Cyber Security” training course to over 5,000 professionals globally
West Monroe Partners, Director – Operations Excellence
  • Assisted clients by working with them to improve their operations through process redesign across various functions
Huron Consulting, Director – Corporate Development
  • Responsible for investigating and performing due diligence on potential acquisition targets for all professional practices
  • Led the acquisition and integration efforts for multiple acquisitions including a professional services firm in Amman, Jordan
Navigant Consulting, Director
  • Assisted clients with forensic accounting reviews
  • Testified in US Bankruptcy court as an accounting expert
AnswerThink/Hackett group, Director
  • Led numerous projects to assess the opportunities for clients to achieve world-class performance
  • Designed and executed transformation projects for clients across many industries
IMC Global (Mosaic), Project Leader
  • Led a cross-functional team representing all business locations on a targeted operational improvement project
Arthur Andersen & Co, Staff Auditor to Senior Manager
  • Performed financial and operational audits
  • Assisted clients with forensic accounting reviews
  • Assisted clients involved in disputes by performing in-depth financial analysis supporting damages claims and supporting testifying experts
  • Assisted clients with process improvements through process redesign across many functions
  • Received multiple awards for mentoring staff
  • Led the largest consulting project in the history of Arthur Andersen
Education
  • BS – Northern Illinois University (Accountancy)
  • CPA – Certified Public Accountant (registered in Illinois)
Favorite Quote

There’s only one way to succeed in anything, and that is to give it everything.
Vince Lombardi, NFL Coach and GM

Hobbies

Wally and his wife (of 32 years) have four successful children of whom they are VERY proud.
Scouting has been very important to him and his family. Wally is a lifelong member of the National Eagle Scout Association, the father of three Eagle Scouts, and the recipient of the National Outstanding Eagle Scout Award in 2014.

Wally and his wife enjoy traveling and although there is little time for it, he enjoys getting out to golf with friends.

Favorite thing about working at Gibson

Wally is always proud of the Gibson professionals that work tirelessly with the client teams to help clients transform their organization – and deliver significant savings to clients. The professional growth that occurs in the individuals from the client that are on Gibson sourcing teams is always inspiring.

Will HendersonTaylor Whitney