Melissa S. Kibler
Senior Managing Director
Melissa 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. Melissa has provided expert testimony on a number of occasions in U.S. District Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, state court, arbitrations, and other venues. Her industry experience includes automotive, aviation, education, energy, financial services, gaming, healthcare, manufacturing/distribution, media/entertainment, municipalities, natural resources, real estate/construction, retail, restaurant, steel, telecommunications and other industries.
Melissa has led or played a senior role in teams delivering exceptional solutions in restructuring and/or related litigation matters for clients such as the examiner in Residential Capital, where she investigated potential claims against parent Ally Financial and related parties, leading to a $2.1 billion global settlement; represented debtors or estate fiduciaries in matters such as Tronox, Sprint, Sentinel Management Group, North Pacific Group, Havens Steel, Capital Consultants, and Iridium; advised creditors or official committees in cases such as Energy Future Holdings, Savient Pharmaceuticals, Neff, Tribune, Chrysler, Quebecor, Engineered Plastic Products, Kmart, Bethlehem Steel, Warnaco Group and Singer; and provided litigation support or expert testimony in matters such as American Commercial Lines, Keywell, International Offshore Services, ASARCO, Amaranth and Enron.
Melissa has held leadership positions at numerous industry organizations, including President of the American Bankruptcy Institute, Treasurer of the American College of Bankruptcy, Director of INSOL International, and Chair of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Bankruptcy Task Force. She has received many industry recognitions, including Consulting Magazine’s Leadership Award for Women Leaders in Consulting, the AICPA’s Women to Watch Award for Experienced Leaders, and the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation’s Woman of the Year in Restructuring Award. Highly credentialed, Melissa is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor and Certified Turnaround Professional, and also holds the Certified in Financial Forensics and Certification in Distressed Business Valuation credentials. She is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.
Prior to joining Mackinac Partners, Melissa served as a senior executive for leading consulting practices, most recently as Senior Managing Director and Executive Committee member of Mesirow Financial Consulting, and as Partner and Midwest Region Corporate Recovery practice leader of KPMG. She started her career in financial advisory services in the Dallas, Houston and Portland, OR offices of Price Waterhouse.
Melissa earned her BBA in accounting and is a summa cum laude graduate of Texas A&M University. She earned an MBA from Southern Methodist University, where she graduated first in her class. She is a frequent speaker regarding bankruptcy and restructuring, valuation, forensic and litigation, and other topics for organizations that include the American Bankruptcy Institute, American College of Bankruptcy, and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Certified Public Accountant – Illinois, Oregon, Texas
Certified in Financial Forensics (AICPA)
Certification in Distressed Business Valuation (AIRA)
Certified Insolvency & Restructuring Advisor (AIRA)
Certified Turnaround Professional (TMA)
Awards and Recognition:
Leadership Award, Women Leaders in Consulting, Consulting Magazine, 2013
Women to Watch Award (Experienced Leaders), ICPAS/AICPA Women’s Executive Committees, 2011
IWIRC Woman of the Year in Restructuring, 2010
Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy, 2010
Crain’s Chicago Business “40 Under 40”, 2004
CIRA Gold Medal Winner, 2003
Professional Associations and Boards:
American Bankruptcy Institute, President (2010-11) and Chair (2012-13),
Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11 Valuation Advisory Committee (2012–14)
American College of Bankruptcy, Treasurer (2013-16)
INSOL International, Director (2012-15), GlobalINSOLvency.com Oversight Committee
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Forensic and Litigation Services Committee and Bankruptcy Task Force Chair (2011-14)
Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors, member
International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation, member
Turnaround Management Assoc., NW Chapter Treasurer and Director (1998-2001)
Chicago Children’s Choir, Chair (2008-10), Director and Executive CommitteeView Other Professionals