North Highland promotes Barbara Ray to president of client services

27 October 2020 2 min. read
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Management consultancy North Highland has promoted Barbara Ray to president of client services.

In her expanded role, Ray will “lead and evolve” the firm’s industries and portfolios while driving greater value for clients, according to a release from the Atlanta-headquartered consulting firm.

Ray will continue to serve as a managing director at the firm and as a member of the board of managers.

Ray has more than 25 years of professional experience, with a focus on advising public sector clients on operational and functional transformation, data-driven process improvement, and people and culture change. She joined North Highland as a business partner in 2005, and went on to lead the firm's public sector team in Tallahassee, and then the public sector team globally. She was promoted to managing director in 2016.

Barbara Ray, President of client services, North Highland

Earlier in her career, Ray served as deputy secretary in the Office of Florida Governor Jeb Bush and as deputy secretary in the Florida Department of Management Services. Ray started her career at law firm Pennington Wilkinson Dunlap, where she was an attorney.

She holds a JD from the Florida State University College of Law and a BA in psychology from Rollins College.

"We could not ask for a better leader in ensuring we reach our goals. If there's one way I could sum up Barbara's many contributions, it's that she brings a growth mindset to everything she does, and sets a strong and compelling example for others to do so as well," said Alex Bombeck, managing director and group president at North Highland. 

Ray was named one of Consulting Magazine’s Top 25 Consultants in 2016.

"It is an honor to lead at North Highland – I love the people and the culture, and to be part of this journey with the firm is both humbling and inspiring," Ray said. "I appreciate the trust that the firm's leaders continue to place in me. It's an incredible time to be part of North Highland and to help build the future for our firm, our clients, and our people."

Founded in 1992, North Highland is a member of Cordence Worldwide, a global network of consultancies with more than 5,000 consultants and 65+ offices worldwide.

Cordence recently named Steve Hayman, a VP at North Highland, as its new managing director.