Mr. Furniss has over 25 years of global experience in private equity, consulting, and operations as a senior level operating executive. Mr. Furniss has done business extensively throughout the Americas, the European Union and Asia. Additionally, he has implemented operations strategies that grew businesses in more than 10 industries. From 2008 until he formed glendonTodd at the end of 2010, Mr. Furniss was a co-founder and partner of PlumTree Partners, LLC, a private investment firm focused on investment opportunities in the technology-enabled business services sector.
From 2001 to 2008 Mr. Furniss served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Everest Group, a general management consulting firm that serves The Forbes Global 2000 and is known for its thought leadership in operations strategy and global sourcing. Under his leadership, Everest Group’s revenue grew by more than 400%, while the firm quadrupled the number of market-facing personnel and expanded from two offices in two countries to eight offices in six countries. During this time, revenue per client increased by over 700%.
Mr. Furniss served as the Director of Corporate Business Development at EDS from 1999 to 2001, where he was responsible for the execution of all acquisitions, divestitures, and business combinations for EDS Asia. During this period, he led the development of the Asia Pacific Growth and Acquisition Plan, which identified key growth markets (geographies and industries) and service offerings within those markets. At that time, EDS Asia was a $1.5 billion business with approximately 13,000 employees in about 10 countries.
Prior to his work as Director of Corporate Business Development, Mr. Furniss was named one of the first “mega deal leaders,” a position in which he developed the strategy for and had a leadership role in three significant transactions with an aggregate value over $6.5 billion.
In 1993, Mr. Furniss was recruited from his position as an attorney to lead a division of EDS formed to launch a new technology service offering. During his time as the division lead, his P&L grew to $320 million. Mr. Furniss joined EDS in 1989 as a corporate attorney.
Mr. Furniss is a member of the World Presidents Organization and the Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations. Mr. Furniss serves on the board of Aztec Systems, Enterra Solutions, Chemical Information Services, F&M Bancorporation, Toutatis Holdco US, WPO-Dallas Chapter, and the O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom at Southern Methodist University. Mr. Furniss supports a number of local and national charities. Mr. Furniss received a BA in Political Science in 1981 from Old Dominion University and his Juris Doctor from George Mason University School of Law.