BRG names Tri MacDonald as principal executive officer, David Teece as executive chairman

04 January 2021 2 min. read
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Consulting firm Berkeley Research Group has appointed Tri MacDonald as principal executive officer. He succeeds David Teece, PhD, who will transition to the role of executive chairman.

Teece co-founded BRG in 2010, and has held the positions of chairman and principal executive officer. As executive chairman, Teece will continue to lead the company’s board and will focus on BRG's long-term strategy, new initiatives, and thought leadership.

Teece is a renowned economist and an expert in industrial organization, antitrust and competition policy, and intellectual property. Teece is the author of more than two hundred books and articles, and has held teaching and research positions at Stanford University and Oxford University. He is currently the director of the Tusher Center for the Management of Intellectual Capital at the Walter A. Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

Aside from his work in academia, Teece has also been a consultant for more than thirty years, providing economic, business, and financial consulting to business and government leaders globally. Teece was previously the co-founder and chairman of The Law and Economics Consulting Group (LECG), which he co-founded in 1988 with other faculty at UC Berkeley.

Tri MacDonald and David Teece, BRG

As principal executive officer, Tri MacDonald will be responsible for BRG’s operational management, including service line leadership and relationships.

MacDonald co-founded BRG in 2010, and has since then held the role of president. A senior member of the firm’s health analytics practice, MacDonald has more than twenty years of accounting, financial, data analytical, and operations consulting experience focused on healthcare and life sciences, financial services, and government contracting.

Much of his work has focused on large, national class-action matters in the healthcare industry, as well as federal investigations into business practices in the industry. MacDonald has provided expert opinions in state and federal courts on a range of topics, including lost profits, breach of contract, fraud, healthcare billing, and intellectual property.

MacDonald was previously a senior managing director at LECG and a managing director at Navigant.

"For over a decade BRG has grown from strength to strength, with some of the smartest minds, practitioners, and advisors delivering for our clients,” Teece said. “I'm proud of what we have built and proud to take on this executive role as we align ourselves for the next chapter of our growth story. My congratulations to Tri, as we formalize the roles he and I have been performing for some time."

MacDonald added, "I look forward to continuing to work with all of my colleagues to drive growth and deliver world-class service for our clients."

BRG is based in Emeryville, California and operates out of offices worldwide. Its more than 1,200 professionals advise on disputes and investigations, corporate finance, and strategy and operations.