About Us




John is a co-founder of McGrail Consulting along with his wife, Shelley.  He brings over 30 years of multinational chemical industry experience. Before consulting, he retired from his successful career at Sasol and has served as an Americas Sales and Marketing leader and other significant commercial roles throughout his career.  

Most of John's career was in the commercial side of the business.  Additionally, he held cross-functional assignments in logistics and  procurement, and served as a functional stakeholder and trainer for SAP software implementations.

His areas of expertise include sales and market development and management, strategic planning, price management, change leadership, coaching and development, university recruiting.

John holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. 




Shelley believes that people and organizations  thrive and reach incredible heights of performance when values, ethics, and diversity  are aligned and appreciated. Over her 30 year career, she earned a reputation as a trustworthy confidant and coach. Senior executives, VPs, managers and employees gravitate to her to discuss their personal leadership and organizational issues. 

She was most recently the HR VP of Eaton's Hydraulics business and the VP of Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness  prior to retiring from Eaton after a successful career. She currently serves on two advisory boards.

Her areas of expertise include: strategic human resources, talent management and succession, executive and leadership development and coaching, organization design,and change management. 

Shelley holds a M.S. Human Resources from Western Carolina University and a B.A. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville.