December 3, 2007

Oliver Wyman’s Aviation, Aerospace & Defense Practice Adds Specialized Expertise in Business Transformation

An expert in aerospace industry transformation, William (Bill) Belgard, has joined the Aviation, Aerospace & Defense consulting practice of Oliver Wyman, one of the world's leading strategy and operations consulting firms. As the former head of The Belgard Group, based in Beaverton, Oregon, Mr. Belgard has an extensive background in the aviation, aerospace, and defense industry and specializes in helping clients successfully implement business transformations. The Belgard Group has worked collaboratively with Oliver Wyman's Aviation, Aerospace & Defense practice for several years prior to Mr. Belgard's recent decision to join the firm.

As a Director at Oliver Wyman, Mr. Belgard will enhance the firm's global aviation, aerospace, and defense industry offerings, providing consulting services, tools, and methodologies for client organizations seeking to improve quality, speed, flexibility, teamwork, and responsiveness in the work environment. His expertise includes development of implementation tools, assessments, simulations, backgrounders, and exercises that support the implementation of technical and process improvement solutions.

Peter Walsh, a Managing Director of Oliver Wyman, said: "We are very excited to welcome Bill and his proven tools and techniques. The Belgard Group's leading-edge work in implementing business transformation is highly complementary to the strategy and operations work we do with industry leaders in the aviation, aerospace, and defense sectors. We also welcome the opportunity this addition presents to deepen our client relationships and more completely meet the business needs of our global aviation, aerospace, and defense industry client base. Bill's joining us will also create opportunities to bring an expanded Oliver Wyman value proposition to our clients, including a more active collaboration with Oliver Wyman's Delta Organization & Leadership business unit."

The New Oliver Wyman Aviation, Aerospace & Defense Partner and Staff

Bill Belgard is the former CEO of The Belgard Group. Mr. Belgard is an expert at helping aviation, aerospace, and defense firms clarify strategy and implement redesigned business processes. His work focuses on the need for a large-scale transformation of the aviation, aerospace, and defense sector and the government agencies that surround it. Mr. Belgard serves as a trusted advisor to senior leadership in various corporations and agencies in the aviation, aerospace, and defense sector.

Robyn Schlabach of The Belgard Group is also joining Oliver Wyman's Aviation, Aerospace & Defense practice. Ms. Schlabach is the former VP Implementation Support for The Belgard Group. She has broad experience preparing internal client resources to implement and support business process improvements.

Melodie Eckland of The Belgard Group is also joining Oliver Wyman's Aviation, Aerospace & Defense practice. Ms. Eckland has been the Materials Manager for The Belgard Group. She manages vendor, supplier, and key customer relationships and is responsible for inventory control, receiving, and shipping of materials. Ms. Eckland is also responsible for, the firm's web store of implementation support materials.

About Oliver Wyman's Aviation, Aerospace & Defense Practice

Oliver Wyman helps passenger and cargo carriers, OEM and parts manufacturers, aerospace and defense companies, airports, and MRO and other service providers develop value growth strategies, improve operations, and maximize organizational effectiveness. Our deep industry expertise and our specialized capabilities in the areas of Lean Six Sigma Enterprise Transformation and Transaction Services & Litigation Support make Oliver Wyman a leader in serving the needs of the Aviation, Aerospace & Defense industry. Oliver Wyman has more than 35 years of experience serving Global 1000 clients. Our staff of 2,500 operates from offices in more than 40 cities in 16 countries.