Newport Board Group is a partnership of board directors and highly experienced senior executive leaders with deep knowledge of capital markets, strategy and operations. Helen helps emerging growth, middle market and private equity clients navigate transitions and improve their performance. She has a long and distinguished career in successfully identifying, developing and executing strategies for top line growth, new business development and enhancing economic value for leading consumer companies. Helen has served as CEO of six middle market retail and consumer companies, successfully developing and implementing strategies for growth and competitiveness. In addition, as a senior level strategist and thought leader for three highly respected consultancies – IBM and Accenture and the Tom Peters Group, she advised senior management of more than seventy of the top 100 Global Retailers in the development and execution of strategic initiatives for growth and a sustainable competitive advantage. Helen has served and continues to serve on the Board of Directors of a number of public and private middle market companies and nonprofit organizations. As a Board Director, she challenges executives to target stretch goals and coaches them to identify and pursue the optimal path toward achieving them. She earned both her undergraduate degree and MBA from the University of California – Berkeley, Haas School of Business where she also served as an adjunct professor on subjects of Strategic Retailing, Consumer Demand and Marketing. She is a sought after speaker frequently and widely quoted in top business publications and the news media.