James Agres

Senior Vice President

Mr. Agres is a Senior Vice President in Houlihan Lokey’s Strategic Consulting business. He is an expert in enterprise strategy development, operational transformation, strategic sourcing and procurement, and change management. His experience is primarily in the financial services and life sciences sectors but also ranges across private equity, retail, aerospace and defense, consumer products, media, and high-tech. Mr. Agres is based in the firm’s Chicago office.

Before joining Houlihan Lokey, Mr. Agres was an Engagement Manager in McKinsey & Co.’s Chicago office. As part of McKinsey’s Operations practice, he worked globally with clients located in UAE, India, and Switzerland to address their greatest operations challenges. His engagements included developing and executing a sourcing strategy for generic drugs for a pharmaceutical distributor; post-merger integration of two specialty pharma companies; implementation of a lean management system for a Dubai-based consumer bank; and procurement transformation for an outdoor advertising company.

Prior to McKinsey, Mr. Agres was a Manager in Archstone Consulting’s Strategy and Operations practice based in New York. Mr. Agres began his career as a software developer, writing applications for purchasing and management of agricultural commodities

Mr. Agres holds a B.S. in Information Systems with a minor in Economics from DePaul University, where he graduated with high honors, and an MBA with specializations in Strategy and Finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business. 

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