Craig A. Speed

Craig Speed, CEO & Chairman at Deerpath Holdings, is a highly accomplished operating and management executive with over twenty years of experience leading sophisticated organizations, building high performance teams, and consulting in numerous industries including financial services, retail, pharmaceutical, chemical and manufacturing.

Equally adept at exceeding business challenges during periods of economic constraint or rapid expansion, he is particularly skilled at achieving operational excellence within culturally diverse environments and translating conceptual models into specific growth strategies that improve revenues, profitability, customer equity, and corporate valuations.

He has consulted to a breadth of Fortune 1000 organizations and worked within the portfolio companies of some of the top private equity firms, such as The Carlyle Group, The Blackstone Group; Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Company; Providence Equity Partners; Texas Pacific Group; Goldman Sachs; Silver Lake Partners; Welch, Carson, Anderson and Stowe; and Bain & Company.

Prior to Deerpath Holdings, Craig served as President & CEO of several manufacturing businesses and a global human capital/strategy consulting firm. He has led the Private Equity consulting practice at a leading operations consulting firm, was Vice President of Sales and Business Development for a Fortune 500 IT and services industry leader, as well as Vice President, Midwest, for Reuters/Bridge Information Systems.

His earlier posts include sales leadership roles for a financial services enterprise software developer, and Thomson Financial. He began his career with Lehman Brothers.

His publications include, Future Challenges Over Leadership & Talent, an article based on his presentation for the 2009 Global Summit of the Society of Chemical Industry and Sustainability – It’s adapt or die in this brave new world, an article focusing on value creation through sustainability – Is your business derailed, an article that focusses on achieving right product, right time and right place performance at the lowest total landed cost. Among his numerous professional commitments, Craig is a Founding Member of the KD Global Talent Development Board at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, and a former member of the Global Business Policy Council at A.T. Kearney.

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