VP, Corporate Strategy

Natalie Defazio

Natalie joined Freeman in November 2017 as vice president of corporate strategy after having worked for Encore as a consultant across multiple engagements.

In her current role, Natalie is responsible for working with Encore’s senior management to set the strategic direction for Encore, and partnering with global business leaders to develop and execute programs that drive performance in support of the company’s overall goals. She has been instrumental in the planning and delivery of strategic initiatives and operational priorities to optimize growth, integration, and profitability of Encore Global. Natalie serves on Encore’s Executive Committee.

Natalie has more than 15 years of professional experience as a management and strategy consultant. During her consulting career, Natalie worked as a partner and advisor to a wide variety of clients, including private equity firms (growth equity, middle market, and large cap PE funds) and a range of public and private corporations. She is an industry generalist with particular interest in business services, tech-enabled services, and healthcare. For about a decade prior to joining Freeman, Natalie specialized in transaction-related engagements and portfolio strategy, helping clients develop and execute growth strategy, due diligence, competitive positioning, operational improvements, customer segmentation, go-to-market strategy, and market analytics.

Based on her consulting experience—most recently with KPMG’s strategy division prior to working for Freeman—Natalie has broad exposure to many strategic and operational issues facing today’s businesses. She believes in emphasizing the importance of people and relationships in all business settings. Natalie graduated from the University of Illinois with a major in finance and a minor in economics.