Colleen Palmer Joins Getzler Henrich

Colleen Palmer has joined turnaround firm Getzler Henrich as a Chicago-based managing director, with a focus on business development and financial restructuring engagements. She previously was with GE Commercial Finance.


Getzler Henrich, one of the nation’s leading turnaround and restructuring firms, has announced the appointment of Colleen Palmer as a managing director of its Chicago office. Ms. Palmer comes to the firm with over 25 years experience providing restructuring and financing solutions for large, middle and small companies with operational challenges and capital restructuring needs. Ms. Palmer will focus on Getzler Henrich’s business development and financial restructuring engagements. She officially joined Getzler Henrich on May 3rd.

Ms. Palmer has extensive debt restructuring expertise both in and out of court, as well as strategy development, business building and P&L management experience. She spent six years at GE Commercial Finance where she launched a European-based restructuring and corporate lending business with offices in the United Kingdom, Italy, France and Germany. While increasing GE’s market presence as a key provider of asset-based and cash-flow financing packages to European companies, she became known for sound debt solutions for companies in underserved markets. Ms. Palmer also spent three years developing GE’s restructuring business for the western half of the United States. Prior to this, she spent over 20 years at Heller Financial Inc., in roles which included portfolio manager, chief risk officer, and Senior Vice President, Originations, Heller Business Credit. She most recently served as chief lending officer/vice president of an investment fund whose loan portfolio component consisted of over 700 secured loans exceeding $400 million.

Ms. Palmer received a master’s degree from the Keller Graduate School of Management in Chicago, and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois in Chicago.

“We are confident that Colleen’s extensive experience and track record in financing will play a key role in assisting our client base while contributing to our firm’s organizational growth,” said Joel Getzler, vice chairman of Getzler Henrich & Associates, LLC. “We look forward to working with her.”

Ms. Palmer has served on the boards of directors at both the Turnaround Management Association and American Bankruptcy Institute, and completed both Six Sigma and GE Leadership training programs. She has spoken frequently on global restructuring and turnaround issues.


Getzler Henrich & Associates LLC, founded in 1968, is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected names in middle market corporate turnaround and restructuring. Having successfully restructured thousands of companies throughout the U.S., Latin America and Asia, the firm has grown to provide a broad array of services for both distressed and healthy companies in the areas of restructuring and turnarounds, lean manufacturing, sales and marketing strategy, M&A integration, technology systems evaluation and implementation and customer-focused environment creation.
Long respected for its results-oriented approach, Getzler Henrich deploys rapid, pragmatic decision making and metrics-driven implementation services for its clients. With years of experience in executive-level positions at major corporations, and a broad range of advisory expertise, Getzler Henrich professionals have consistently and successfully guided companies through crises and growth phases with this methodology.

Working with a wide range of companies, including publicly-held firms, private corporations, and family-owned businesses, Getzler Henrich expertise spans more than fifty industry sectors, from ‘old economy’ manufacturing and distribution businesses, to ‘new economy’ technology and service firms.

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