How we got here…

Leda Advisory Group was born to partner with growth-stage startups to transform and empower entrepreneurial businesses to rapid and sustained growth. Founder and CEO Ann Kono spent a career elevating highly complex, growth companies to succeed. Ann felt she could apply those same tested techniques to help early stage companies focus on a path to sustained growth and eminence.


Since forming Leda Advisory Group, Ann has met with countless companies who all share a similar dilemma. Each company knows how to deliver a distinctive product or service. Each company’s founders are too busy focusing on the microscopic vision of running the business. Each company could benefit from the big picture scale experience to design and engineer value creation, funding and/or exit strategy.

Leda Advisory Group is looking to partner with high-potential founders who have already developed a market leading revenue generating business.  Our focus is to partner with you to guide your business to that next stage of growth. We will work with your vision, fully examine your business to close any gaps and maximize the growth potential.

“It’s our mission to help nurture and grow thriving companies.”

Ann Kono

Founder + Chief Catalyst

Ann brings over 20 years of experience focused on operational scale and digital transformation for private and public companies.  In founding Leda Advisory Group, Ann seeks to converge her passion for helping growth stage companies thrive while leveraging her experience to architect world-class business models.  She has distilled her approach into the Leda Advisory Framework which is utilized within all client engagements.

Ann served most recently as a Partner, Chief Information and Risk Officer of Ares Management LLC (NYSE: ARES). She joined Ares in 2011 to develop a platform in preparation for dramatic growth from $18 billion to over $100 billion.  Prior to Ares, Ann was the Head of Application Development at Western Asset Management. There she managed systems that supported the business in scaling from $200 billion to $650 billion.

Ann has been featured in Forbes and has been invited to Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Conference. She speaks on industry panels regularly on topics including middle market financials, technology innovation and female leadership.

As a strong advocate for financial literacy and entrepreneurship, Ann serves as the Chair of the Board for Junior Achievement of Southern California.

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