Our Team
Experience, imagination, rigor, and a track record of success.

Our Team

The Futures Strategy Group’s people have a wide variety of backgrounds, skill sets and training, and two decades’ experience combining them for creative outcomes for our clients. We bring deep analytical rigor and business acumen, broad political, financial, marketing and strategy expertise, and an organizational culture of innovation to bear on our clients’ most pressing issues.

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Peter Kennedy, Managing Principal

Peter Kennedy is a founding principal of the Futures Strategy Group who specializes in long-term market assessment and scenario-based strategic planning. 
Gerard Smith

Gerard Smith, Managing Principal

Gerard Smith is a Managing Principal of the Futures Strategy Group, following more than 30 years as a brand and marketing strategist with experience in advertising, branding and global marketing. He has an extensive background in creating solutions to strategic marketing challenges for many of the world’s best known companies.

Charles Thomas

Joseph Dufresne, Principal

Joe Dufresne is an FSG Principal — and former FSG client with the US Coast Guard.  A recently retired USCG Captain, Joe specializes in strategic foresight, with broad corporate application, including budgeting, operations, human capital and acquisitions.

Patrick Marren

Patrick Marren, Principal

Patrick Marren is a principal of the Futures Strategy Group, specializing in strategy and scenario planning. He has 30 years' experience in business strategy consulting, corporate finance, strategic planning, business intelligence, sales and marketing strategy, financial forecasting and budgeting, and insurance underwriting for four international companies.
Cathy Johnson

Cathy Johnson, Associate Consultant

Cathy Johnson is a freelance researcher and editor who provides research, administrative, and production support to the Futures Strategy Group. Cathy has worked with the founding principals of FSG since the mid-1980s, when they were at The Futures Group, Inc., and later at Deloitte and FSG.

Charles Perrottet

Kevin McDermott, Principal

Kevin McDermott is a principal with the Futures Strategy Group. In addition to his scenario-planning work for corporate and government clients Kevin is also the founder of Collective Intelligence, a boutique strategic-communications firm in New York.
Charles Perrottet

Charles Perrottet, Principal

Charles Perrottet is a founding principal of the Futures Strategy Group. Prior to his current position, he led Deloitte Consulting’s Scenario Practice as a Firm Director; before that, he worked for The Futures Group, leading the Strategy Practice for over ten years. He has led and worked on projects for FSG and its predecessors in the areas of marketing strategy, customer service, interagency strategic planning, post-9/11 business continuity, research strategy for pharmaceuticals, telecommunications growth strategy, and strategies for financial, automotive, air transportation and banking organizations.
Robert Avila

Robert Avila, Associate Consultant

Robert Avila is an economist working with the Futures Strategy Group on scenario planning for corporate and government clients. Robert has advised companies on strategy
Mark Trexler

Mark Trexler, Associate Consultant

Mark C. Trexler is an FSG Associate, specializing in climate change scenario planning. Mark has advised companies on climate strategies and risk management for more

Jonathan Jeter, Associate

Jonathan Jeter is an FSG associate consultant with a considerable background in innovation and training. As an independent strategy, innovation and culture consultant, Jonathan works
Patrick Kelly

Patrick Kelly, Associate Consultant

Patrick Kelly is an FSG Associate, specializing in strategy and decision support in Financial Services.  Prior to joining us, he was a Partner in Deloitte Consulting’s Strategy & Operation’s practice. He was deeply involved in building Deloitte’s Financial Services practice in China and Hong Kong.

Jack Clarke

Jack Clarke, Associate Consultant

Dr. John L. Clarke (Jack) is an Associate of the Futures Strategy Group and a contributor to FSG strategy and security engagements. He is also
Charles "Tom" Thomas

Charles W. Thomas, Senior Advisor

Charles (“Tom”) Thomas, a founding principal of the Futures Strategy Group, retired from the partnership in December 2017. He is now a senior advisor to the firm.