Bridgepoint Consulting Names Co-Leaders to Drive Growth Strategy

February 6, 2020 – Austin, TX-based Bridgepoint Consulting, an Addison Group company, has appointed Michael Johnson and Manuel Azuara as managing principals to lead and drive the firm’s offerings and strategic geographic expansion in delivering full-scale finance transformations for growing companies nationwide.

“A critical component of our continued growth strategy is the investment in and closer collaboration with our finance and IT consulting businesses,” said Thomas Moran, CEO of Addison Group. “I look forward to working with Michael, Manuel and the entire Bridgepoint team to execute on this vision for further growth in 2020 and beyond.”

With its new leadership structure in place and plans for continued expansion into new markets in alignment with Addison and its partner brands, Bridgepoint Consulting will provide transformative services to help CFOs and business leaders through their modernization journey.

“The increased use of technology and overlap with financial operations within organizations requires a deeper level of expertise to help CFOs modernize their business processes to remain competitive,” said Mr. Johnson. “The combined strength of our financial operations and technology expertise makes us uniquely positioned to provide leading-edge services that will help clients across the country create a modern finance organization that drives business value.”

“I’m very excited about taking on this new firm leadership charge with Michael,” said Mr. Azuara. “Strategically aligned with the Addison Group, we are now well-positioned to leverage our parent company‘s national footprint and client relationships to help accelerate Bridgepoint Consulting’s market coverage and business expansion.”

Mr. Johnson has over 30 years of experience with integrated business solutions, including as managing director at KPMG Consulting, where he oversaw the planning and implementation of HR and finance business solutions for a range of organizations. He joined Bridgepoint in 2009.

Mr. Azuara’s background includes more than 20 years of experience in business process re-engineering and corporate governance across a range of public and private sector clients. He has helped multiple companies in times of crisis, including mergers and acquisitions, fraud investigations, exit strategies, and cash optimization. He also joined Bridgepoint in 2009.

Experienced Recruiters

Bridgepoint Consulting, founded in 1999, is a leading management consulting firm that helps organizations throughout their business lifecycle. Offering a broad range of finance, technology and risk/compliance services, Bridgepoint supports clients from the start-up phase all the way to IPO readiness and beyond. The firm has been helping executives and management teams reduce their business and operational risks, bridge resource gaps and improve overall performance. The firm has offices in Dallas and Houston and the capability to deliver solutions across the U.S.


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Addison Group acquired Bridgepoint Consulting in late 2017. “We saw a clear opportunity to leverage Addison Group’s high-caliber team, proven performance, and industry-leading growth with a well-established firm offering a full suite of management consulting services and similar growth strategy,” said Thomas Moran, CEO of Addison Group.

Addison Group provides recruiting services for the information technology, finance & accounting, executive search, healthcare, HR & administrative, and engineering industries. It has 18 offices across the U.S.

Recent Expansion

Bridgepoint Consulting recently expanded into the Dallas market. This renewed focus in the Dallas market, includes the promotion of Stephanie McNelis and Trent Turner who have been named directors. They will help propel the company’s growth strategy and rich network of high-quality consultants to help middle market companies drive successful business transformations.

“Dallas’ vibrant business community is fueling demand for high-value solutions that will help CFOs and finance executives optimize and transform their operations to drive growth,” said Mr. Azuara. “With the addition of Trent and Steph to our leadership team, Bridgepoint is well-positioned to help organizations in the software/technology, manufacturing and distribution and professional services sectors transform and realize immediate value.”

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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