Business Executive and Consultant
Philip has over 30 years of experience as a business executive and consultant in sales, marketing, and operations management in a wide variety of industries with emphasis on manufacturing, consumer products and financial services. His expertise includes consumer product and business-to-business sales and marketing, franchising, new market development, strategic business planning, both domestically and internationally. He is also an international lawyer with extensive experience in licensing, and new market development.
Philip was until recently a Managing Director at Deloitte in the United States, and during his tenure with that Firm had the privilege of serving as lead client service partner for global strategy and re-organization projects at Fortune 100 companies; and cost reduction projects at numerous middle market companies. Prior to joining Deloitte, Philip held various C-level roles at several international consumer goods companies, including, international counsel of a Fortune 500 cosmetics company.
Philip is currently founder and president of CEO Advisory Services, a management consulting firm serving a select client base in the security and health care industries. The firm also advises start-ups and emerging businesses, providing strategic planning guidance; identifying and negotiating funding support; and implementing company infrastructure.
Philip was graduated from Union University with a Juris Doctor degree, and is admitted to practice in New York and the Federal District Court. He previously served with the US Army, and later as a US Navy Lieutenant Commander, JAG officer with various assignments to the US Naval War College and the Pentagon.
Until 2017, he was an Adjunct Professor, City University of New York, Zicklin Graduate School of Management for 14 years where he taught courses in Business Planning, Strategy, Leadership, Organizational Theory and Design in both the MBA and EMBA programs. He and a colleague developed the first consulting course in the City University of New York.
Q. What excites you most about the Wond’ry?
A. I am impressed with the intensity and energy of both the students and the mentors. It would be personally rewarding to assist the students to realize their dreams as I have realized mine.
Q. What do you feel are the most important skills you have to offer in your role as a mentor?
A. My bio will summarize my business and professional skills, but the real skills that I would like to impart are the personal ones which are as important as the professional skills: a dogged persistence to succeed regardless of the obstacles; treat failure as a moment to learn; treat everyone not as a stepping stone but as a person from whom you can learn even the smallest thing; success is not a solitary endeavor – it requires the willingness to look for help; build a team of equally committed people who should be treated with love and respect.
Q. What has been your proudest moment in your career?
A. There is no one moment, but several “proudest” moments:
Making Managing Director of Deloitte with my beloved wife- my life partner by my side
Taking the oath to defend my country as a member of the military
Receiving a hand made flag by my students with comments to celebrate their MBA’s degrees
Receiving from all the students of my last EMBA class individual condolence notes upon the death of my wife
Q. What has surprised you most about your job?
A. After so many years, I’m no longer “surprised,” but I have been both extremely saddened and gratified by my working experiences. Witnessing the extreme poverty in many of the cities to which I traveled whilst I was wined and dined by the local management is something I will always remember with a heavy heart. The sense of gratitude and joy comes from a team effort after a particularly difficult consulting assignment when the Client says to the entire team, “Thank you.” Watching the expressions on the faces of my young team mates is gratifying to say the least.
Q. If you could do everything over again, would you make the same career choices?
A. Probably not. I come from an immigrant family. So, “career” wasn’t a word I used. Making money to support my family, and making them proud after all the sacrifices they made for me was my objective. The question is more appropriate for my children who were the beneficiaries of my good fortune. They made “career” choices, and I am proud to say that they have been very successful, and would have made my parents and grandparents very proud.
Q. In your opinion, what is the most important quality for success?
A. There is no one singular, or Important quality for success. I believe that success is a formula that consists of several variables: 1. no fear, 2. dogged persistence to achieve the objective, 3. learning from setbacks, 4. humility, 5. know your subject better than anyone else, but don’t flaunt it; 6. Acknowledge those people who have helped you to achieve your goals; 7. Luck and some prayers.
Q. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A. Tugboat captain
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