Keith Jelinek has held line management positions and led and advised Fortune 100 retail companies to drive transformational improvements for more than thirty years.

Before joining BRG, he was a senior managing director in the Retail Performance Improvement practice of a global business advisory firm. Prior to that, he assisted the launch of the Retail Performance Improvement team at an international business management consulting firm, where he twice received the Achievements in Excellence Award for delivering results far exceeding client expectations. He has also held numerous interim management roles, working collaboratively with executives, boards and private equity to effectuate key strategic initiatives.

Mr. Jelinek’s deep retail experience is leveraged through his industry knowledge. While senior vice president of Inventory Management for Kmart Corporation, he was responsible for all aspects of dollar and unit planning, open to buy processes and controls, space management, replenishment, allocation, pricing, and markdown optimization. Before that, he spent over twenty years with Thrifty-Payless Drug stores, where he excelled from a bagger to vice president of merchandising systems and operations, where he implemented a suite of beta automated replenishment solutions with E3.

Mr. Jelinek is frequently sought out for his retail and consumer expertise and has been profiled by Authority Magazine, My Total Retail, Retail Insights, Supermarket News, National Association of Convenience Stores, CBS MarketWatch, Chain Store Age, Journal of Corporate Renewal, Time,, RIS News, NPR, Women’s Wear Daily, the Wall Street Journal, and Reuters, among numerous others.

Employment History

FTI Consulting
Senior managing director
2014 – 2016

Senior director
2004 – 2014

Jelinek & Associates
2003 – 2004

Kmart Corporation
Senior vice president
1997 – 2003

Thrifty Payless Drug Stores
Vice president
1975 – 1997

Professional Affiliations

Supply Chain Management Professionals

National Association of Chain Drug Stores

Turnaround Management Association

Areas of Expertise


Portland State University
Managing in the 21st Century, 1993