Carla Zilka

Founder and Principal Advisor
New York
Carla Zilka is the Founder of NexGen Advisors LLC, a global corporate restructuring and business transformation firm. NexGen, founded in 2007, works with market-leading organizations and private equity firms, among them Hertz Corporation, The ServiceMaster Company (e.g., TruGreen, Terminix, Merry Maids, American HomeShield), Whirlpool, CD&R and Riverside, to restructure and reduce costs, while growing revenue and increasing margins.

In her role as Principal Advisor, Ms. Zilka is a trusted counselor to Private Equity Partners and CEOs of Fortune 1000 companies. Ms. Zilka has assembled a team of well established professionals, all of whom are certified in the Six Sigma and the KEIRSEY Temperament Assessment methodologies. Ms. Zilka and her team have developed a series of proprietary, patent-pending tools and methodologies for business transformation.

Prior to founding NexGen, Ms. Zilka was a Senior Consultant at Towers Perrin. As a Practice Leader in Restructuring and Talent Management, she was responsible for developing the firm’s restructuring methodologies and services as well as working on large scale transformations. Clients included Johnson& Johnson, American Express, Xerox, Pitney Bowes, VNS and Hertz. Other areas of responsibility included M&A, Change Management, and Organizational Design.

Before joining Towers Perrin, Ms. Zilka worked at GE in various businesses and management roles.  Most recently as Vice President of Growth for Consumer Finance, where she was responsible for leading large-scale M&A and Integration deals for a $3-billion business. In that role, she created the standard due diligence process toolkit using Six Sigma, which was seen as a best practice at GE. 

At GE’s Corporate Headquarters, she worked in Human Resources where she was responsible for implementing re-engineered processes and technology tools to increase productivity and efficiency for functions in HR, Sourcing, Six Sigma and Technology. She was also involved in outsourcing, organization re-design and talent management efforts for the global CTO’s organization.
As an expert on the subject of restructuring, Ms. Zilka speaks regularly at industry conferences and panels. She has also finished a book titled “Business Restructuring: An Action Template for Reducing Cost and Growing Profit”, which is being published by John Wiley & Sons and is due out October 2009.

Ms. Zilka sits on the Board of Directors for the American Humane Association and the Avant Dance Company. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Relations from Syracuse University, where she founded the Entrepreneurial Association.