Ducker Worldwide (Ducker) formally announced today that Kristen Balasia has joined the firm and will be working as a Commercial Director out of its North American Headquarters in Troy, Mich. As Commercial Director, Ms. Balasia will be a key contributor to Ducker’s automotive and transportation practice, providing market intelligence, growth consulting, M&A targeting and commercial diligence services.
“Ducker Worldwide is a recognized leader in supporting clients to achieve their most ambitious goals,” said Ms. Balasia. “We do this by leveraging our over 56 years of market research, growth consulting and M&A advisory experience, international reach and track record of high-quality project execution. In this unique and dynamic time, I am excited to be joining an organization that offers such a strong value proposition of delivering truly reliable and actionable insights to our clients.”
Ms. Balasia has more than 18 years of expertise leading cross-functional teams, delivering superior financial performance and customer satisfaction. Her industry expertise spans the areas of OEMs, suppliers and aftermarket parts supply within the automotive and commercial vehicle sectors. She has extensive experience in developing and analyzing supply chain strategies, market opportunity assessments and customer voice studies to accelerate and add certainty in growth planning for numerous companies.
Ms. Balasia holds a BA in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University, and an MBA from Wayne State University. Prior to joining Ducker Worldwide, she held a leadership position at WABCO in Rochester Hills, Mich. She also spent more than five years as Senior Director at IHS Automotive.
“We are excited to have Kristen be a part of the team, and believe her strong automotive and commercial vehicle expertise, analytical capabilities and client relationships will contribute to Ducker’s ongoing success, and complement our unique offerings that deliver profitable growth for our clients,” said Scott Ulnick, Chairman and Managing Principal.
About Ducker Worldwide
Ducker Worldwide, a premier consulting and research firm, is driven to help its clients achieve their most ambitious growth goals. Custom market intelligence, strategic consulting and M&A advisory services are delivered by fully engaged Ducker principals and a diverse team of global talent. With exclusive access to industry leaders and opportunities, Ducker applies robust analytics and critical thinking to every engagement, delivering unique, fact-based solutions for our clients – solutions that produce dependable decisions to advance growth. Ducker is headquartered in Troy, Mich., with offices around the world, including Bangalore, Berlin, London, Paris and Shanghai. Founded by William H. Ducker in 1961, Ducker celebrates over 56 years in business. For more information, visit www.ducker.com.