Thomas Epley

Tom Epley is a turnaround CEO with an unparalleled track record of success in rescuing failing companies. For more than thirty years, Epley served as the general manager, president, CEO, and/or chairman of more than a dozen corporations, divisions, or subsidiaries spanning a variety of industries. All of these organizations—with revenues typically in the hundreds of millions, but ranging up to $2 billion—were either facing an ominous cliff, caught in an accelerating downward spiral, or nearing a state of collapse.


Under Epley's management, each organization rebounded and produced an immensely profitable return for its owners. Remarkably, Epley’s 100 percent success rate was accomplished without him having had any prior experience of the business, industry, products, or markets of any of these companies.


Epley, who received his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, is a member of the Board of Governors and the Executive Committee at UCLA's Anderson Graduate School of Management and a member of the Board of Trustees at the Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School in Policy Analysis.


Companies Epley managed and turned around include the following: Technicolor (DVDs, videocassettes, film); Cuno (filtration equipment); Potter and Brumfield (electrical relays); Bekins (household-good moving, storage, records management); AMI (mixed-signal semiconductors); Phosphorous Chemicals Group FMC Corp. (commodity chemicals); Specialty Chemicals Group FMC (specialty chemicals, consumer products); Paradyne (modems, network devices); Globespan (DSL high-speed modems); Bolens (snowmobiles); and Northern Ordnance (defense systems).