About Us

Since our founding in 1986, Diablo Management Group (DMG) has provided more than 500 troubled corporations with hands-on management and advisory services with the sole mission to increase the value of its clients' assets. For more than 35 years we have effectively conducted a wide variety of interim management and consulting assignments with companies seeking operational improvements, business expansion or business exits.

At DMG we understand that each situation is unique and we are focused on providing choices for businesses to gain control of their demanding and rapidly-changing situations. In every business cycle and environment, rapid change in technology, competition and personnel continues to challenge even the most seasoned executives. We remain focused on providing the optimal choices and solutions to each client.

​Our willingness and ability to work in a wide variety of situations, assume fiduciary responsibility when required and respond quickly to client needs has earned us a solid reputation for accomplishment.

Our ability to develop and implement solutions has brought recognition and referrals from virtually all of our clients; simply stated, we save them significant time and money.

Meet Our Experts

Diablo Management Group consultants are senior executives and associate staff with significant large and small corporate experience.

We have built a reputation for delivering results since our founding in 1986. Working closely with each client, DMG prides itself on providing personalized expert advice and service.

Richard G. Couch
John L. Kirsten
Debbie S. Kanner

Richard G. Couch 

A business problem-solver who works with clients who are seeking to improve company and personal performance. This includes advising operating management and guiding companies through crisis periods; working with companies through corporate restructuring, merger, acquisition, or partnerships; and development and implementation of solutions for dysfunctional Boards of Directors and/or management.

Specialties: General management; negotiations; restructuring; interim management; executive coaching; crisis management; bankruptcy; ABC [assignments for the benefit of creditors]; Private Equity; Venture Capital and Distressed Investment. Served interim assignments as CEO, Chairman, CRO and/or CFO for over 150 of 500 client companies in nearly 40 years.

John L. Kirsten

​John Kirsten, a Principal with Diablo Management Group since 1990, has spent more than 40 years in the high-technology industry, specializing in mergers & acquisitions, domestic and international business development, turnaround and crisis management, interim management, and executive general management.

Prior to DMG, Mr. Kirsten spent more than 15 years in technology manufacturing, holding Vice President of Operations positions with Shugart Corp., Lasertron Inc. and Orion Research, and Manufacturing Directors positions with Compugraphic and Exxon. 

Debbie S. Kanner

Ms. Kanner joined DMG as a consultant and project manager in the turnaround and workout/restructure business in 2000. Since then, she has lead and managed projects including various intellectual property sale (IP Sale) projects, interfacing with the engineering, HR, finance and marketing departments of client companies.

She also has considerable small business management experience in service businesses, retail and real estate.