A former McKinsey Partner and Carlyle Group Principal with 30 years of international experience, Jack has served as the president, CFO, and COO of two Carlyle companies and four others. He is a finance, strategy, and operations expert with deep experience in telecom, financial services, data centers, and manufacturing. Jack enjoys freelancing because it allows him to work on a wide variety of issues for companies of all sizes and many industries.
Led the strategy, performance improvement, and regulatory projects for multinational companies and governments throughout the world.
Served as an economic advisor to the Brazilian Minister of Telecommunications for the re-regulation and privatization of Telebras. Developed pricing and investment models that led to the regulatory framework, which tripled Brazilian teledensity in less than five years.
Built a comprehensive interactive pricing model for three competing grades of fiber-based packaging as a key input for paper mill investment decisions.
Served as an advisor to Ecuador's Minister of Finance during the 1999 currency crisis. Built banking industry models that demonstrated system-wide insolvency and the impending liquidity crisis.
Focus areas: Financial services, Telecommunications, Consumer Products, Retail, Pulp and Paper
1984 - 1986
Conceived and executed a statistical product design approach that reduced yield loss by 80%.
Isolated a failure mechanism in a critical component—leading to a redesign that reduced component cost by more than 50%.
Focus areas: Six Sigma, Plant Floor Productivity, Microelectronics Manufacturing
The Looming Crisis in Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) (Publication)
Millions of Americans depend on continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) for care as they age. In addition to living accommodations and medical services, these facilities also offer complex embedded insurance products that are improperly underwritten and insufficiently regulated.
As a result, many CCRCs are actuarially insolvent, creating a systemic risk that could leave many ageing residents financially and medically exposed at the end of their lives. Finance Expert, Jack Barker, takes us through these sector challenges and shares a proprietary capitalization model that could potentially help alleviate the issues.
Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in General Management and Finance
1986 - 1988
Harvard Business School - Boston, MA, USA
Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Material Science