Our Leadership

PAUL JAN ZDUNEK, Managing Partner & Chief Organizational Strategist

Experience

As the Managing Partner & Chief Organizational Strategist at strategyZ consulting group – BDO Alliance USA, Paul Jan Zdunek brings over 20 years of experience providing business leadership and advisory services for nonprofits and creative economy companies. He has been a Chief Restructuring Officer, Business Transformation Advisor, Executive Coach, Complex Facilitation Specialist, Change Management Leader, and Interim Executive for institutions requiring financial stabilization or organizational revitalization. Paul is often engaged by organizations requiring investigatory services to assess financial discrepancies, organizational inefficiencies, human resource challenges, and leadership conflicts.


Paul has designed and leads proprietary transformational initiatives that help organizations reach their maximum potential through custom developed strategy sessions that revitalize Leadership’s commitment to the organization, align visions and strategies, identify critical action steps to improve performance, and build a culture of team.

Industry Focus

Paul’s expertise includes: organizational strategy, governance, transformation, and turnarounds; change management; conflict & crisis management; financial and organizational restructuring; complex facilitation; interim management; as well as executive coaching and stakeholder relations. Paul prides himself on being a hands-on, results-oriented leader and advisor. 


His industry experiences include: nonprofit, grant-making, professional services, arts & culture, education, health, media & entertainment, hospitality, design, architecture, and manufacturing.


Additionally, he is a PROSCI®Certified Change Management Professional. Paul is the professor of Management of Public and Nonprofit Organizations at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy and continues to deliver keynote speeches at industry conferences and executive retreats on the topics of business stabilization and revitalization. 


Paul has been the guest speaker for several organizations including The Center for Nonprofit Management, The Nonprofit Learning Labs, The Center for Sustainable Energy, Lyme Disease Associations of America, Chorus America, Association of California Symphony Orchestras, Leadership Burbank, LA5 Rotary, Deltek’sInsights, and The Peter F. Drucker School of Management with topics including Avoiding the Iceberg and Maintaining Organizational Health, 6 Strategies Under $6 to Exponentially Improve Organizational Performance, Organizational Change Management, Developing and Leveraging BRAND YOU, Managing Culture: HR Issues in the Arts,and Winning in the New Era of Corporate Sponsorships

Professional Affiliations

Association of California Symphony Orchestras, board vice president

The Neighborhood Music School, board advisor

Pasadena Symphony and POPS, board advisor

Education & Certifications

MBA, Claremont Graduate University, Peter F. Drucker School of Management

MM, Orchestral Conducting, Cleveland Institute of Music

BM, Music Composition, Johns Hopkins University, Peabody Institute of Music

PROSCI® Change Management Certification

MICHAEL H. LEB, Chief Legal & People Strategist

Experience

Michael H. Leb, Esq. has a unique background particularly suited for his role as Chief Legal and People Strategist at strategyZ consulting group – BDO Alliance USA.  An attorney by training, Michael practiced at Latham & Watkins, as a sole practitioner and with Bononi Law Group, a highly-regarded boutique trial firm. Michael currently serves mediator and arbitrator with American Arbitration Association and Alternative Resolution Center, an Administrative Law Judge with the State of California Office of Administrative Hearings, and was appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to the Los Angeles County Equity Oversight Panel.  Michael has also held senior executive positions in operations, labor relations, human resources and law with two Fortune 50 Companies and served as the Chief Executive Officer, of Choctál LLC, a company he founded to sell gourmet ice cream through retail grocery companies across the United States.

Industry Focus

Michael has deep and broad experience in retail.  In his role as Senior Vice President of People for Wal-Mart, he oversaw major areas of the company’s corporate human resources function. Prior to that, as Safeway’s Vice President of Labor Relations, he oversaw the company’s labor relations for over 100,000 employees across the United States.

 

As Safeway’s Vice President of Manufacturing, Michael lead the 44-plant, 2000 employee food-processing operation (milk, ice cream, bakery, carbonated beverage, grocery) business unit with annual sales of over $2 billion. Michael oversaw annual operating budgets of nearly $200 million and capital budgets of over $40 billion.


During his stint in the Fortune 50 corporate world, Michael was described as having a “sharp and flexible intellect with a demonstrated track record of creative problem solving.”  He was recognized as a builder of diverse and effective teams, an inspirational motivator and developer of people.  Supervisors and peers commented that Michael demonstrated “outstanding interpersonal skills at all levels of an organization; approachable by line employees and peers alike, exuding empathy when appropriate, while maintaining ability to make unpopular decisions when necessary to improve the business. “


In addition to his hands-on experience as a senior executive in the retail industry, Michael serves on the Board of Directors of Trade Technologies, Inc., a web-based platform revolutionizing international trade documentation. He oversaw all functions for Choctál including the start-up, capital raise, product development, production, distribution, marketing and sales functions necessary to obtain distribution and sales in over 400 premises in ten states.  Through the years, he has served as an attorney or consultant to companies a whole gamut of sectors including manufacturing, aerospace, financial services, hospitality, airlines, automotive, consumer products and entertainment. 

Professional Affiliations

California Lawyers Association

Los Angeles County Bar Association

Pasadena Bar Association

Southern California Mediators Association

Pasadena Symphony and POPS, board advisor

Education & Certifications

JD, cum laude, University of Michigan Law School

BA, cum laude, Yale University

Retail Food Executive Certificate, Cornell University

Finance for Non-Financial Executives Certificate, University of Chicago

PAUL MILLER, Chief Financial Strategist

Experience

Paul Miller brings over 30 years of financial experience to strategyZ consulting group with a broad range of domestic and international roles in dynamic, complex multinational companies.  He offers an extensive background in finance, accounting, treasury, and tax planning, as well as developing effective cross-functional teams within multi-cultural environments.  Paul has strong experience in international markets, specifically Asia.

Industry Focus

Paul’s is experienced in the consumer packaged goods and media industries.  In his most recent position, he served as Corporate Controller and then CFO for Del Monte Foods.  Paul’s responsibilities at Del Monte included integration planning prior to the acquisition.  After the completion of the acquisition, Paul was responsible for building the new financial infrastructure, including hiring financial executives, outsourcing accounting roles, implementing a new financial system, and developing financial controls and procedures.  Prior to that role, Paul served as CFO for a joint venture company with Sumitomo Corporation based in Asia.  

Professional Affiliations

CPA – Maryland (inactive)

Education & Certifications

MS, MBA, Industrial Administration, Carnegie Mellon University

BS, Business Administration, University of Maryland

LEE WOCHNER, Chief Marketing & Creative Strategist

Experience

Lee Wochner brings more than 20 years of experience as a marketer and creative consultant to his role at strategyZ consulting group – BDO Alliance USA, where he helps clients re-envision their market potential and, in partnership with his full-service marketing firm Counterintuity, helps them achieve greater growth.


As a founding partner with Counterintuity since 2007, Lee has helped hundreds of Fortune 500s, nonprofit and closely held businesses across the country rebrand, re-engage and re-energize. Prior to Counterintuity, Lee served as a nonprofit arts leader frequently called upon to help transform organizations with counterintuitive thinking and creative initiatives. Clients include Boeing, PBS SoCal, University of Southern California, Community Bank, City National Bank, several California manufacturers, Cireon, Bragg Companies, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the State of California, numerous commercial real estate developments including Crossroads Hollywood, Hollywood Media District Business Improvement District, East Hollywood Business Improvement District and many others.

Industry Focus

Lee’s expertise includes: brand strategy; market positioning; related elements of marketing both traditional and digital.

 

His industry experiences include: corporate, nonprofit, construction and real-estate development, professional services, arts & culture and manufacturing.


Lee has been the guest speaker for such organizations as Theatre Communications Group, the Innovation Conference, Burbank Chamber of Commerce, Digital Masterminds, Community Foundation of the Verdugos, Association of California Symphony Orchestras, and many others.

Professional Affiliations

Burbank Chamber of Commerce, past board president

LA Stage Alliance, past President & CEO

Moving Arts theatre company, president

California Arts Advocates, past board president

Arts LA, past executive board member

Community Foundation of the Verdugos, past board president

Leadership Burbank, past board president

University of Southern California, 10 years as Lecturer in the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences

Counterintuity, LLC, CEO & Creative Strategist

Education & Certifications

MPW, University of Southern California, Master of Professional Writing program

BA, Literature and Language, Stockton University