UnitedHealth Group

We supported Judah Sommer, founder and former Global Head of Government Affairs at Goldman Sachs, as he advised on the firm’s influential regulatory relationships and interactions with significant stakeholders, and the public sector. Our work focused on increasing collaboration between individual team members located in New York, Washington D.C.; London and cities in Asia and Europe to clarify and achieve social and business objectives.

After Judah moved to the United Health Group, a Fortune 21 company with over $87 billion in revenue, we worked with Jud on communicating his vision, structuring the team, defining roles and creating examples of best practices — all this with a group of relatively autonomous lobbyists working in different locations, many of whom never met each other in person.

As the Obama administration’s proposed health care reforms prompted the company to prepare a coordinated response strategy, we worked together to form a nationally integrated team, composed of government affairs representatives drawn from decentralized affiliates across the country, achieving the goal of enhancing the team’s positive impact on the unfolding national healthcare debate.

“Melanie has advised me for over a decade, across two jobs in financial services and in health care. She has a keen sense of what motivates people coupled with an astute understanding of corporate culture. When I was asked to move from Goldman Sachs to the United Health Group my transition plan included bringing Melanie with me. Melanie and her associates advised me and my team at major inflection points during my leadership, providing critical interpersonal insights that have helped me make tough decisions.”

Judah Sommer, Senior Counsel, Crowell and Moring, previously Senior Vice President, Government Affairs at United Health Group; former Global Head of Government Affairs, Goldman Sachs

NYSE Liffe

We advised Daniel Hodson, CEO of the London International Financial Futures Exchange (L.I.F.F.E.) and his management team during the historic transition from traditional and manual “open cry” to fully electronic trading, as the organization transferred all of its futures contracts to what was to become the most sophisticated electronic derivatives trading platform in the world. We worked closely with traders and managers, the senior executive team and the board– negotiating the challenges inherent in the rapid drive to modernize this prominent London institution.

“Melanie’s professionalism, intelligence, sensitivity, patience and calm — as well as an ability to quickly see the fault lines — resulted in a significantly more motivated, mutually respectful and therefore effective group. Her contribution was enormous and her ability to deal with a very complex and engrained problem was highly impressive.”

DANIEL HODSON, former CEO, London International Financial Futures Exchange (LIFFE)

Carnegie Investment Bank

Over many years, we have served as a trusted advisor to Karin Forseke. Our engagement began when she was serving as COO of the London International Financial Futures Exchange (LIFFE). We later advised her in her role at Carnegie Investment Bank, a leading Nordic investment house, first as Head of International Sales and Sales Trading and then as CEO. Together we co-led management team conferences around the world designed to improve business discipline and leadership development.

During each of her roles, the organizations Karin was affiliated with weathered significant challenges as well as achieved exceptional success. Katzman Consulting has consistently provided a confidential sounding board.   Karin’s commitment to creating good governance continues, and we remain by her side as she refines and amplifies her mission to conceive and implement financial models that move from short-term profits to long-term returns, building companies that are responsible on the inside as well as the outside.

“As I have advanced, grown and transitioned between roles, organizations, nations and sectors, I have consistently valued the insights and counsel offered by Katzman Consulting as we have navigated the challenges and complexities of technological, social and systemic change. Adapting to dislocation in any landscape, personal, professional or organizational, is never easy; Katzman Consulting has helped me not only to profit and prosper through turbulence, but to be energized by the experience. At every inflection point, Melanie and her colleagues have been there, confidentially providing an empathetic, analytical, creative perspective on the obstacles and opportunities ahead.”

KARIN FORSEKE, Chairman of Alliance Trust; past Deputy Chair and Senior Independent Director F.S.A, England; CEO of Carnegie Bank, Private Advisor to the Minister of Financial Markets of Sweden