Clarkston Executive Alliance (CEA) provides Consumer Products and Life Sciences companies access to seasoned industry executives on an as-needed, pay-as-you-go basis. 

The CEA's innovative approach to providing strategic industry talent allows clients to quickly gain needed expertise, without investing in the acquisition and overhead of maintaining high-caliber talent long term.  CEA members bring fresh perspectives and creative, yet pragmatic, ideas to help calibrate strategy, solve challenges and develop plans for creating a path to success.

CEA is a part of the Clarkston-Potomac Group which is comprised of companies that offer a broad range of services to meet clients' needs. At the heart of the universe is Clarkston Consulting - a management and IT consulting firm serving the Life Sciences and Consumer Products industries. Other companies that also often act as CEA partners are Enlight Research, providing board of director intelligence, and Clarkston Merchant Partners, managing private equity investments.  Working within this network of companies provides CEA the opportunity to serve clients in a host of different ways, but most importantly, provides our clients a one stop shop for many of their professional service needs.


Tom Finegan, Chief Executive Officer - Clarkston Consulting

Tom Finegan, Chief Executive Officer - Clarkston Consulting

Tom Finegan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Clarkston Consulting, has defined the firm's vision since co-founding the company over 25 years ago. Along with the other co-founders, Tom believes consulting firms that genuinely care about driving measurable business results for clients and create a rewarding and stimulating environment for professionals will thrive in the crowded consulting marketplace. Tom is responsible for managing the company, formulating long-term strategies, and driving growth.

Named a finalist in Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, a 40 under 40 Leader, and other industry awards, Tom is recognized in the industry as an entrepreneurial strategist able to bring new innovative ideas to large and emerging companies alike.  As a proven leader and a recognized expert in transformational strategy development, Tom still serves as an adviser and advocate for global life sciences and consumer products companies.

In addition to his leadership role with the Clarkston Executive Alliance (CEA), Tom also serves as chairman of Rural Sourcing, Inc. and FoodLogiQ, LLC and is a managing member of Clarkston Merchant Partners and Enlight Research. He is a board member for the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Research Triangle Chapter and a past executive member of the board for the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED).

Mike Leary, Managing Partner - Clarkston Consulting Operations Business Unit

Mike Leary, Managing Partner - Clarkston Consulting Operations Business Unit

Mike Leary serves as the managing partner of Clarkston Consulting’s Operations Consulting practice. In his role, Mike also has responsibility for the Clarkston Executive Alliance (CEA).  Mike is helping to drive the Clarkston Consulting's vision for future growth in areas of operational strategy, process excellence, and improved organizational performance. Since joining the firm in 1998, Mike has focused on assisting his life sciences and consumer products clients in the areas of strategy, business transformation, program management, and improvement of business process and technology capabilities.

His passion for aligning behaviors and capabilities to a firm’s vision, mission, and critical business objectives also extends to his internal work where he directs Clarkston’s leadership development and skill-building programs. Mike graduated from Rutgers University with degrees in management science and information systems. He is a member of Life Sciences Pennsylvania (LSPA), American Society for Quality (ASQ), and is active in in several charitable organizations.