Leadership

Our leadership team is merely part of the extraordinary 300+ Cicero Group team. Our skillsets are broad and our experience is deep, allowing us to bring a breadth and depth of experience to your business.

Trent Kaufman

Trent Kaufman

Dr. Trent Kaufman is the Chief Executive Officer of Cicero Group. In 2006, he sold to Cicero the education transformation firm he had founded five years earlier. Today, that company, Education Direction (www.eddirection.com) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cicero’s and works with over a thousand schools around the world to measurably improve student learning. Dr. Kaufman is respected globally for developing sophisticated systems to enable the use of performance data to maximize individual and team performance at organizations of varied purpose and form. He is a leading author of two best-selling books surrounding organizational transformation. Prior to becoming a leading thinker in organizational design and transformation, Dr. Kaufman’s first “career” was in public education. He began as a social studies teacher in Washington D.C. before becoming a high school principal in the Bay Area of California. Trent received a bachelor’s degree in Social Science, with an emphasis in Economics from Brigham Young University. He earned a master’s degree in Education and Leadership from the University of California, Berkeley. Trent earned a master’s degree in Policy Management and a doctorate in Performance Management from Harvard University.

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  • Founder, Education Direction
  • Research Fellow, Harvard University
  • Harvard University, PhD, MS
  • UC Berkeley, MS
  • Brigham Young University, BS Social Science

Lawrence Cowan

Lawrence Cowan

Lawrence has spent the last decade helping to build the Cicero Group's analytics practice. He has experience helping Fortune 500 firms solve real business challenges with data, including attrition, segmentation, sales prioritization, pricing, and customer satisfaction. He also leads the firm in predictive analytics and Big Data related engagements.

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  • Lead Business Consultant at Morris Murdock
  • Senior Research Analyst at Bassett
  • Northwestern University, MS; Westminster College, MBA; Brigham Young University, BA

Randy Shumway

Randy Shumway

Randy Shumway founded Cicero Group (www.cicerogroup.com) in 2001. It began humbly, with four people working out of Randy’s house. At the beginning of 2017, when Randy stepped down as CEO, Cicero had grown to a highly-respected, global management consulting firm. In 2016, Randy was awarded Utah’s Lifetime Accomplishment and CEO of the Year in recognition of his professional accomplishments. In addition, since 2010, Cicero has repeatedly been recognized as one of the Best Companies to Work For, Fastest Growing Companies, and Best of State.   Randy’s vision in founding the company was for Cicero to reside at the crossroads of data, strategy, and transformation, with Cicero helping organizations make and implement better decisions by harnessing the massive amounts of information increasingly available. During his more than 17 years at Cicero, Randy has led multiple strategy, transformation and operational excellence engagements for Fortune 1000 clients as well as non-profits and government entities. His experience spans such sectors as High Tech, Telecommunications, Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Financial Services, Non-Profit, Government and Education. Today, Randy continues to serve as the Chairman of the Board. And he is still actively involved in the company, leading the Strategy and Transformation practice at Cicero along with leading the firm’s social impact private equity subsidiary. Prior to starting Cicero Group, Randy was an Executive Vice President and Managing Director at Answerthink (Nasdaq: ANSR), a 2,500-person global consulting firm. Before completing graduate school, Randy worked for Bain & Company and Dow Chemical. Randy is the Economic Advisor to Zions Bank. And he is an Adjunct Professor of Strategy at the University of Utah David Eccles School of Business. Randy is on the corporate board of Snowhite and of Angoss Software (TSX: ANC). He chairs the Governor’s Taskforce for Utah’s Workforce (Dignity of Work), serves on two state appointed boards – Utah Economic Council and the Education Excellence Commission – and serves on such volunteer boards as PPRC, Southern Utah University, and the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce. He is a prolific author in the Deseret News and in Forbes regarding effective education and economic public policy. Randy obtained his MBA from Harvard Business School, graduating with highest academic honors (Baker Scholar). He earned a bachelor’s degrees in International Business from Brigham Young University. He speaks Mandarin Chinese, having lived in Taiwan for two years as a volunteer Christian missionary. Randy is married to Maureen Shumway and is the father of five. Maureen has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Development. She is a medical oncology nurse at Huntsman Cancer Institute. The Shumways live in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Career Highlights:
  • Executive Vice President and Managing Partner, Answerthink
  • Associate, Bain & Company
  • Market Manager, Dow Chemical
  • Harvard Business School, MBA, highest academic honors

Melissa Grant

Melissa Grant

Melissa leads projects for Cicero clients across multiple industries and services with particular focus in healthcare and corporate development. Prior to joining Cicero Group, Melissa spent sixteen years in the financial services industry in New York City in roles for UBS and Deloitte Financial Advisory Services. As a former Senior Manager at Deloitte, she worked with the firm’s U.S. and global leadership assessing firm-wide mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, and operations.

Career Highlights:
  • Former Senior Manager, Deloitte
  • Former Equity Analyst, UBS
  • University of Rochester, William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration, MBA; Brigham Young University, BS