William Brandt

William A. Brandt, Jr.

Management Consultant | Development Specialists Inc.

William Brandt is a corporate restructuring expert who helps companies facing financial and organizational challenges. Mr. Brandt launched Development Specialists (DSI) in 1976 and built it into an international corporate consulting force that has handled some of the largest and most notable business restructuring cases both in and out of bankruptcy court. These include China Fishery Group and, more recently, the San Luis & Rio Grande Railroad. After serving as CEO and President of DSI until 2017, Mr. Brandt became the firm’s Executive Chair. He is an in-demand industry speaker and continues to offer consulting services through DSI to selected clients.  Mr. Brandt considers ethics to be at the heart of his work and in every case strives to preserve jobs and economic stability for employees and other stakeholders. Mr. Brandt holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Saint Louis University, and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago, where he also completed additional requirements toward a doctoral degree. Throughout his career, Mr. Brandt has consistently stayed active in higher education, serving on academic boards at several universities across the country. His civic service includes chairing the Illinois Finance Authority for nine years.

Lifetime Achievement Award Press Release

In his Lifetime Achievement Award Press Release, Mr. Brandt has been endorsed by Marquis Who’s Who as a leader in the field of corporate restructuring.

The Star Treatment

In his video interview with Star Jones, Mr. Brandt argues that failure is inevitable, but that people should use those failures as opportunities to improve themselves and achieve success later on.

Press Release

Over the course of his career, Mr. Brandt has become renowned for his skills in business strategy, political counsel, and civic activism. 



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