Please note, Cogent Link is not accepting new clients

Consultancy and Interim Executive Management

Strategy and Execution
Commercial and Technical
Time-honored and Innovative

Service Offerings

Interim Executive
Leadership

Our interim executive services allows you to:

  • Make progress even while your search is ongoing
  • Gain insights into what is required for success in the role
  • Take your time finding the right permanent executive
  • Give your eventual placement a head start

We specialize in general management, product management, commercial, business development, and innovation roles.

Strategy
Development

Strategy is the foundation of success of a successful business.  Cogent Link’s approach to strategy development is rooted in developing a fundamental understanding of the value proposition to customers. We take a quantitative approach whenever practical, and leverage our years of experience and context across multiple industries.

Strategy isn’t stagnant.  We can help develop the right processes for your organization to ensure your strategy stays relevant and to make refinements and course corrections when necessary.

Rapid
Innovation

Increasingly, the ability to rapidly develop new products, services,  technology, manufacturing methods, and business processes is key to delivering a superior value proposition to customers/end-users.

We take practical approach to ensure your business is  agile and responsive.  Part process, part decision rights, part culture, part performance management,: It takes a wholistic approach to achieve world class innovation capabilities.

Portfolio Review & Investment Thesis

The odds are stacked against you:

  • 75% of venture-funded business fail
  • 70 to 90% of new product launches fail
  • 70 to 90% of acquisitions fail to achieve their strategic and financial objective

Cogent Link can provide an unbiased, third-party perspective on existing and potential companies, product/business lines, and technology.  Our years of experience in multiple industries provide  unique context.  As an outsider, we tend to ask questions that are often assumed as “given”, providing provocative insights.

Make sure your investments and capitol allocation beat the odds!

Executive Coaching

Cogent Link can work with your company’s executives to help you achieve superior results.  We can act as a trusted intermediary, holding candid conversations to help identify “sticking points” that are otherwise silent performance-killers.  This provides a safe, unemotional path to bidirectional communications.

We specialize in assisting executives in their first roles, and with executives that are underperforming. We are experienced in working with Boards of Directors as well in helping them achieve their goal

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About the Principal

Mark Schweizer

Mark is the founder and Principal of Cogent Link.  Mark is a highly accomplished business executive with a proven track record of driving growth, improving operating performance, accelerating innovation, and increasing shareholder value across a broad range of leadership roles.  He has held complete P&L owner up to $200M in highly complex businesses with global operations and customers serving a multitude of markets.  Additionally he has been the primary owner of shared P&L in matrixed organizations up to $550M.  Mark has broad company profile experience:  sizes from startup to Global 100; ownership by private equity, venture capital, foreign business unit, and public companies.  He is an expert in strategy development, operational execution, portfolio management and delivering profitable growth through commercial excellence, new product innovation, and market-back developed strategies.  Mark has deep experience in leading large-scale restructurings, business turnarounds, and M&A/integration. He is known for being an authentic leader who excels at developing people and building winning cultures. 

Prior Executive Roles

  • President, Diamond Innovations (now Hyperion Materials Tech.)
  • President, Sunpower, Inc., (now part of Ametek)
  • President Nanostatics
  • VP, Global Product Management and Market, Sandvik Hyperion
  • Principal, Booz Allen & Hamilton (now Strategy&, part of PwC)

Education

  • BSEE, University of Cincinnati
  • MSEE, Massachusettes Institute of Technology

Prior Boards Positions

  • Nanostatics, Executive Director/Chairperson
  • Diamond Innovations, Executive Director
  • Global Cooling, External Director
  • Microgen Engine Corp., External Director
  • Sunpower, Inc. Executive Director

Please note, Cogent Link is not accepting new clients

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