Roger Nelson


Roger is retired Deputy Chairman of Ernst & Young LLP. He is a thirty-year veteran of Ernst & Young and led the turnaround effort of its consulting arm, building it from $300 million in revenue to $2.5 billion in the U.S. In addition, he directed the operations outside the U.S. which experienced similar organic growth. In the 1999/2000 period, he sourced the transaction that led to the $11 billion purchase of Ernst & Young Consulting Worldwide by Cap Gemini, a French consulting firm.

During his career with E&Y, Roger has served as Chairman of E&Y International Consulting, Vice Chairman of Management Consulting, Vice Chairman of the Midwest Region, and Southwest Regional Director of Management Consulting Services; was Partner in Charge of the consulting practice in the Chicago office; and was Partner in Charge of E&Ys Continental Europe consulting practice. His prior experience also included serving as CFO for a U.S. manufacturer of material handling equipment in Sydney, Australia.

He has served a wide range of corporate clients and private equity firms in the areas of corporate governance, financial planning and control, large scale project management and due diligence on acquisitions in the services and information technology sectors.

Roger has served on numerous non-profit Boards and is currently a member of the Board of the Oriental Institute. His civic and professional memberships include the Economic Club of Chicago and the Commercial Club of Chicago.

Roger is a CPA and has served as an Adjunct Professor of Accounting and Information Systems at Northwestern University’s J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a B.S. in Accountancy.