Branton Cole

MBA '06/BSE '00

Career Background

Branton is a double Michigan graduate with close to 20 years of industry and consulting experience, primarily in operations and innovation strategy.

He is currently a director at PwC where he leads new service introduction for PwC Benchmarking to improve PwC’s ability to assess client performance and quantify improvement opportunities.  Previously he was the global lead for PwC’s Innovation Benchmark, which studied innovation strategy at ~1400 companies from all sectors and ~50 countries.

Prior to his benchmarking roles, Branton worked his way up from senior associate to director on PwC’s operations strategy consulting team.  During this time, he worked with clients in consumer packaged goods, telecom, utilities, and media, among others, to improve client operational strategy and performance.

He also worked in brand management at Coors Brewing Company (MBA internship), operations strategy at Qwest Communications (pre-business school) and manufacturing engineering at Ford Motor Company (undergrad internships).                                             He earned two degrees from Michigan: MBA, and BSE in Industrial and Operations Engineering.

Branton has deep connections to Michigan, rooted in student and alumni volunteerism.  As an alumnus, he started the Ross Club of Denver, and served on the broader U-M Club of Denver.  As a student, he was president of Ross’ Student Government Association, EVP of the Interfraternity Council, president of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity, director of the annual Michigan football pep rally, and co-president of Phoenix Senior Honor Society.

Branton is a Colorado native and lives outside of Denver with his wife and two children.  He is passionate about the outdoors and is an avid skier and hiker.