J.D. Kearney

J.D. Kearney

Senior Managing Director

Areas of Expertise

  • Manufacturing
  • Private Equity
  • Publicly Traded Corporations


  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Consumer Goods
  • Food & Beverage
  • Healthcare
  • Industrials
  • Mining
  • Oil & Gas
  • Retail 


  • Duke University
  • Yale University


  • Certified Lean/Six-Sigma BlackBbelt

J.D. Kearney is a Senior Managing Director with B. Riley Operations Management Services. He has over fifteen years of experience improving the performance and profitability of manufacturing businesses, having led improvement projects in 250+ facilities globally. He is a certified Lean/Six-Sigma black belt, having led 100+ kaizen projects and deploying the scientific method to business and manufacturing problems across aerospace & defense, food & beverage, industrials, mining, oil & gas, consumer goods, retail, and healthcare. He has led some of the largest business transformations and M&A transactions for private equity and publicly traded corporations, with an average deal size of $1B+.

Prior to B. Riley, Kearney was a Senior Director with Ernst & Young's M&A practice focused on helping private equity and corporate clients in all aspects of their transactions. Prior to EY, he was a leader in A.T. Kearney's manufacturing practice focused on business transformation of private equity and aerospace & defense businesses.

Kearney holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Yale University and an M.B.A. from Fuqua (Duke University).

B. Riley Advisory Services works with lenders, law firms, private equity sponsors and companies of all types. Our Advisory Services are a unique mix of Valuation and Appraisal Services including asset-based lending (ABL) Valuations; Restructuring and Turnaround Management; Forensic Accounting and Litigation Support; Operations Management; Compliance, Risk & Resilience Services; and Transaction Support Services including Due Diligence and Quality of Earnings Reviews. B. Riley Advisory Services is the trade name for GlassRatner Advisory & Capital Group, LLC, Great American Group Advisory & Valuation Services, LLC, Great American Group Machinery & Equipment, LLC, and Great American Group Intellectual Property, LLC.