Inventing Opportunities. Validating Possibilities.

Who we are

Our team is grounded either in managing businesses and innovations across the globe at C-level, or in seriously distinguished academia. Instinctively therefore, we’d rather be part of ‘doing’ than just advising. Above all, we do seek assignments that do provide us with some ‘hard fun’.

Prof. Dan Mc Fadden’s Nobel Prize winning work on Customer Choice Modelling was a strong entrepreneurial reason for assembling a ‘portfolio of minds’ into a new company called MindFolio. As corporate managers we were forever faced with anodyne research output, so experiencing the crunchiness of choice modelling was both a revelation and inspiration.

We have come to believe that combining the result-driven managerial mind-set with the versatility and open-mindedness of consulting is as good a starting point for developing solutions as any.

MindFolio is a full member of ULI and ICSC and maintains a strong link to Cornell University, the Ivy League institution in upstate New York. Karl Kalcher serves on the Advisory Board for its newest academic college, The Institute for Healthy Futures.

To start a conversation, please call +44 (0) 1491 573 960 or e-mail curious@mindfolio.com

Leadership Team

Karl Kalcher

Karl Kalcher

Managing Director

Prior to heading MindFolio, Karl was a Senior Vice President with the LEGO Group, responsible for new leisure developments, retail and global licensing, managing a variety of businesses and innovation projects across Europe, USA and Asia.

He led strategy, concept and design development and co-led construction and pre-op of two $500 million tourism projects that created LEGOLAND branded Family Parks – LEGOLAND Windsor and LEGOLAND California. Karl also masterminded the international retail strategy for the LEGO Group, the development of its pioneering computer games and a ‘Toy of the Year’.

Earlier in his career, Karl marketed a large fashion shop chain, introduced the Timberland brand into the UK and, after turning around a loss-making subsidiary, headed the European business of the leading international footwear brand, Clarks Shoes. Aged 36, he joined the board of the parent company, responsible for the over 3000 people employing Clarks Children Division, based in the UK.

Three years later he was appointed Group Managing Director of ‘ecco’ shoes, a uniquely innovative Danish company with current sales of $950 million and factories in Denmark, Portugal, Brazil, India and Indonesia.

Karl was born and educated in Austria, augmented by scholarships at TCU, Fort Worth, TX, the University of Illinois and more recently at INSEAD, Fontainebleau and IMD, Lausanne. He serves on the Austrian government’s Advisory Board for innovation-based venture capital funding, and is a frequent speaker at conferences around the globe.

Brian Hanlon

Brian Hanlon

Director & Member of MindFolio's Scientific Advisory Board

Since 2004, Brian has focused on solving complex real estate challenges for clients across the globe. Based in Chicago, Brian is a director of the business with responsibility for business development, client services and research integrity and peer review.

In 2011, Brian was named The Coleman Foundation Endowed Chair at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois where he is a tenured professor in the Division of Economics & Business. Brian joined the faculty in 2006. His work has been published and presented in dozens of industry and academic conferences and journals, including the Academy of International Business, United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Marketing Management Association, IBM Systems Journal and Hotel Business Review.

Prior to joining MindFolio, Brian worked for The Alliance Group Management Consultants where he served clients in a variety of industries (high tech, manufacturing, retail and leisure, among others). Brian earned his Bachelor of Science, MBA and Juris Doctor degrees from DePaul University in Chicago, where he studied under some of the leading thinkers in the field of customer choice modeling.

Rohit Verma

Rohit Verma

Head of MindFolio's Scientific Advisory Board

Rohit is a Professor of Service Operations Management Cornell University and Executive Director for the Centre for Hospitality Research (CHR). He has taught MBA and executive development classes at several universities around the world including DePaul University (Chicago), University of Utah (Salt Lake City), University of Sydney, Norwegian School of Logistics, Helsinki School of Economics and Indian School of Business.

Rohit’s research interests include new product / service design, quality management and process improvement, and operations / marketing interrelated issues. He has published over 50 articles in prestigious business journals such as California Management Review, the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, Decision Sciences, MIT Sloan Management Review, California Management Review and others.

Prior to heading MindFolio, Karl was a Senior Vice President with the LEGO Group, responsible for new leisure developments, retail and global licensing, managing a variety of businesses and innovation projects across Europe, USA and Asia.

He led strategy, concept and design development and co-led construction and pre-op of two $500 million tourism projects that created LEGOLAND branded Family Parks – LEGOLAND Windsor and LEGOLAND California. Karl also masterminded the international retail strategy for the LEGO Group, the development of its pioneering computer games and a ‘Toy of the Year’.

Earlier in his career, Karl marketed a large fashion shop chain, introduced the Timberland brand into the UK and, after turning around a loss-making subsidiary, headed the European business of the leading international footwear brand, Clarks Shoes. Aged 36, he joined the board of the parent company, responsible for the over 3000 people employing Clarks Children Division, based in the UK.

Three years later he was appointed Group Managing Director of ‘ecco’ shoes, a uniquely innovative Danish company with current sales of $950 million and factories in Denmark, Portugal, Brazil, India and Indonesia.

Karl was born and educated in Austria, augmented by scholarships at TCU, Fort Worth, TX, the University of Illinois and more recently at INSEAD, Fontainebleau and IMD, Lausanne. He serves on the Austrian government’s Advisory Board for innovation-based venture capital funding, and is a frequent speaker at conferences around the globe.

Since 2004, Brian has focused on solving complex real estate challenges for clients across the globe. Based in Chicago, Brian is a director of the business with responsibility for business development, client services and research integrity and peer review.

In 2011, Brian was named The Coleman Foundation Endowed Chair at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois where he is a tenured professor in the Division of Economics & Business. Brian joined the faculty in 2006. His work has been published and presented in dozens of industry and academic conferences and journals, including the Academy of International Business, United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Marketing Management Association, IBM Systems Journal and Hotel Business Review.

Prior to joining MindFolio, Brian worked for The Alliance Group Management Consultants where he served clients in a variety of industries (high tech, manufacturing, retail and leisure, among others). Brian earned his Bachelor of Science, MBA and Juris Doctor degrees from DePaul University in Chicago, where he studied under some of the leading thinkers in the field of customer choice modeling.

Rohit is a Professor of Service Operations Management Cornell University and Executive Director for the Centre for Hospitality Research (CHR). He has taught MBA and executive development classes at several universities around the world including DePaul University (Chicago), University of Utah (Salt Lake City), University of Sydney, Norwegian School of Logistics, Helsinki School of Economics and Indian School of Business.

Rohit’s research interests include new product / service design, quality management and process improvement, and operations / marketing interrelated issues. He has published over 50 articles in prestigious business journals such as California Management Review, the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, Decision Sciences, MIT Sloan Management Review, California Management Review and others.

Our offices

London

MindFolio Ltd.
22, Old Brewery Lane
Henley-on-Thames
RG9 2DE
United Kingdom
T + 44 (0) 1491 573 960
F + 44 (0) 1491 572 798


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Chicago

MindFolio Ltd.
536 Pennsylvania Ave.
Glen Ellyn, IL
60137
USA
T + 1 630 456 4233
F + 1 888 411 3717


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Düsseldorf

Zeichensaele GmbH
(network office)
Monforts Quartier 32
Schwalmstraße 301
D – 41238 Mönchengladbach
Germany
T: + 49 (0) 2161 539 71 12
F: + 49 (0) 2161 539 71 11

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