Our People



Dick Albu

Dick’s career spans forty years of corporate and consulting experience in a wide range of business development initiatives.  Dick founded Albu Consulting in 1994, a strategy management consulting firm dedicated to helping its clients realize their growth goals through the development of robust strategic plans and strong implementation processes.

Dick’s clients benefit from his corporate background, coupled with his diverse consulting experiences working in a variety of industries, and a range of companies, from middle market privately held businesses to Fortune 500 corporations.  His principle skill is in developing and executing pragmatic strategies.

Prior to forming Albu Consulting, Dick worked seven years as Vice President with a New York City based international business development consulting group where he gained valuable experience across a broad range of industries.  During his sixteen years at Nestle, the world’s largest food and beverage company, Dick held senior management positions both in the US and Switzerland, Nestlé’s worldwide headquarters. 

Dick graduated from Central Connecticut State University and is a graduate of the Institute of Management Development (IMD), Program for Executive Development, in Lausanne, Switzerland.   Dick’s Board seats include the Center for Family Business at the at the University of New Haven, the Entrepreneur and Innovation Center at the University of New Haven and, the Exit Planning Exchange CT Chapter.  Dick is an associate member of FENG (Financial Executives Networking Group), and Vistage (an international organization of CEOs).  He has been a speaker at associations and CEO organizations throughout the tri-state and written over 100 articles on the topic of strategy management.

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ROBERT P. KRIST, Managing Director


Robert Krist

Rob’s career spans over 35 years of corporate and consulting experience, which has provided the opportunity to acquire a deep working knowledge of strategy methodologies and business models.  He leverages these skills and knowledge to provide his clients innovative strategy solutions that meet their unique needs.

Prior to joining Albu Consulting, Rob spent over 25 years in the food and beverage industry working at top tier firms such as Cadbury Schweppes and Kraft.  Rob spent his last ten years at Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages in senior leadership positions in strategy, working within top management teams to develop and successfully execute corporate and business strategy.

Make Strategy Happen characterizes Rob’s approach to strategy. He has successfully developed organic and external growth strategies at the corporate and business unit level. His experience in driving organic growth ranges from revitalizing niche consumer packaged goods brands to creating portfolio growth strategies. He is also experienced in leading external growth activities to identify, value, approach and negotiate business acquisitions. In working extensively with senior leadership teams, Rob has adopted strategy management practices to assist leaders and their organizations to achieve their strategic objectives.

Rob holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Colorado and an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School. Rob is an advisory board member for Wellness Brands Inc. He is a member of Exit Planning Exchange (XPX) and the Association of Corporate Growth (ACG).

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