Mr. Kessler is a founding partner and President of Clear Thinking Group. As a consultant for seventeen years, he has been engaged by numerous companies in the consumer product, retail and temporary staffing industries needing assistance with strategic, financial and operating alternatives. As part of these engagements, Mr. Kessler has served as interim CEO/CRO.
Prior to founding Clear Thinking Group, Mr. Kessler spent over 25 years in a variety of senior leadership positions with retail organizations including: President, iSolve.com, President, Footlocker – Outlet Division; COO, Champs Sports; COO, F.W. Woolworth Division; COO/CMO, Herman’s Sporting Goods; and VP/GMM Ames Department Stores.
Mr. Kessler has published or contributed to articles on subjects such as consumer product and retail strategy, retail labor scheduling, consumer product and retail sales trends, retail real-estate trends, retail mergers and acquisitions, ecommerce retailing, merchandising trends in the consumer product and retail market place, catalog retailing and the turnaround processes for consumer product companies. His areas of expertise include merchandising, operations, logistics, process and productivity improvement, strategic financial planning, restructuring, organizational planning and acquisition assessment. Mr. Kessler is a member of the Turnaround Management Association and American Bankruptcy Institute.