Financial Poise

Melissa Kibler

Melissa S. Kibler is a senior managing director of Mackinac Partners in Chicago and has more than 25 years of experience providing financial advisory, restructuring and turnaround management services to Fortune 500 and mid-sized companies and their stakeholders. She also has extensive investigative, litigation and valuation experience, including insolvency-related litigation, avoidance actions, fraud investigations, merger and acquisition disputes, director and officer claims, and other commercial litigation support. Ms. Kibler was most recently a senior managing director in the Chicago office and an executive committee member of Mesirow Financial Consulting following its 2004 acquisition of the corporate recovery practice of KPMG LLP, where she had served as partner-in-charge of the Midwest Region Corporate Recovery practice and the Pacific Northwest Corporate Recovery and Forensic and Litigation Services practices since 1999. Prior roles in professional associations include president of ABI, treasurer of the American College of Bankruptcy, director of INSOL International (as ABI’s representative), and chair of the AICPA Bankruptcy Task Force. Ms. Kibler holds CPA, CIRA, CTP, CFF and CDBV certifications. She was named a Consulting Magazine 2013 “Women Leader in Consulting;” an Illinois CPA Society 2011 Women to Watch Award recipient; the IWIRC 2010 Woman of the Year in Restructuring; a Crain’s Chicago Business 2004 “40 Under 40; and the 2003 “CIRA Gold Medal Winner.” She earned her B.A. in accounting summa cum laude from Texas A&M University and her M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University, graduating first in her class.

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