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Expert in Interim Management, Company Turnaround and Related UK / EU Regulations; Major Organisational Change

Expert ID: 728493 United Kingdom

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Expert has successfully turned around a range of mid-market companies on an international basis and across a number of sectors over the last 20 years. Organizations have varied in size up to ca. 6000 employees and £0.5BN fixed assets. Common themes have been operating within complex environments, rebuilding executive teams and establishing working capital control from a position of virtually zero cash availability. Experience extends to dealing with fraudulent activity within company, within the locality, region and nationally; This included using 'forensic' analysis. Successful legal action was taken against a state at international tribunal. Expert has been able to secure excellent working relationships both inside and outside the client organization, through the sector value chain to achieve major improvements in performance and continuity of business operations. Clients have included Private Equity backed, publicly quoted, wholly owned subsidiaries and privately owned companies.

In situations beyond severe turnaround, Expert has obtained significant value for clients with companies in crisis, in bringing organizations into "soft landing" administrations, realizing £'00s Millions of value and preserving thousands of jobs.

Expert has over 40 years of corporate experience to bring to bear on delivering effective executive management. His experience throughout this time has been to take organizations through major change and to encourage the executive team to give clear leadership to achieve the aims of the organization.

Crucial areas f's attention have been establishing the team and the mission for the organization; agreeing on the success criteria organization-wide; ensuring alignment of work, organization structure and reward; emphasizing effective working across functional and geographic boundaries and dealing with the 'soft' issues of cultural change that underpin and secure any change programme.

A rather unusual blend of functional and industry/sector experience gives Expert a very particular skill set that is applied in a highly productive manner. Overall, a collegiate approach is adopted, based on world class training and development whilst at the Mars Group and DEC amongst other international concerns. Expert has considerable experience of working in a number of functions, especially R.& D. (he is a graduate scientist), value added operations, HR (strategic and operational), marketing and IT.

Expert is comfortable managing both generalists and specialists, being able to empathize across a broad range of situations and bringing clarity of purpose in terms to which a distributed, culturally diverse team can relate.

With a real 'feel' for both process and content, Expert can apply his ability to think strategically and deliver operationally to achieve the agreed goals for the business.

The use of various business planning tools has proved successful in a variety of circumstances to focus the work of the company on value added operations only.

The efficient application of resource to the core work flow achieves a 'lean' approach that optimizes the cost base and makes the organization most responsive to meeting customer needs on a timely basis. In linking to the turnaround work mentioned elsewhere, this approach enables Expert to ensure only the necessary costs are applied, ensuring profitable performance at the earliest possible time. In turnaround this also means that Expert takes out the right costs, so that, when upturn comes, they do not have to be put back.

In summary, Expert's businesses benefit from an integrated approach to planning, with intimately linked marketing and operations plans, properly resourced, practical and stretching. Expert has the personal goal of delivering what is promised.

Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1975 Degree: B.Sc. (Comb. Hons.) Subject: Chemistry and Botany Institution: Leeds University

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1996 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Owner / Managing Director Department: Responsibilities: Expert works for a Personal Service Company to deliver his contracts for service to clients' organizations. Principal activities are: operating as interim CEO; providing management consultancy, undertaking operational due diligence, mentoring/coaching. Provision of non executive director services.
Years: 2008 to 2009 Employer: Sugat Industries Title: Interim CEO Department: Responsibilities: Was requested to achieve a 'soft landing' administration of the company.
Years: 2006 to 2007 Employer: PINCO 1555 LTD. Title: Interim CEO Department: Responsibilities: Was contracted to turn the PE backed company around and prepare it for sale.
Years: 2006 to 2006 Employer: ADVANCED FLUID CONNECTIONS PLC Title: Interim Executive Director Department: Responsibilities: Was contracted to identify the most effective and timely route to enable the business to continue trading.
Years: 2005 to 2005 Employer: TYPHOO TEA LTD. Title: Interim CEO Department: Responsibilities: Was asked by the new owners (private Indian company to provide immediate pre- and post-acquisition leadership to establish the independent business.
Years: 2005 to 2005 Employer: LEX MULTIPART LTD Title: Interim Managing Director Department: Responsibilities: Was asked to undertake a company re-structuring, turnaround and preparation for sale.
Years: 2003 to 2005 Employer: EASTERN SUGAR B.V. Title: Interim CEO Department: Responsibilities: Was asked to prepare the businesses across 3 EU accession states for market entry, involving turnaround, establishing profitable growth and alignment to effective operation under a tightly regulated EU market.
Years: 2001 to 2002 Employer: TOFAN GRUP INTERNATIONAL Title: Interim President/Director General Department: Tofan Grup International Responsibilities: Was asked to deliver a turnaround of a high profile privatised, but publicly quoted, national industry in Romania.
Years: 2009 to 2010 Employer: HSBC CORPORATE BANKING Title: Advisory Department: Corporate Banking Responsibilities: Provided reviews of a range of businesses to advise appropriate remedial action to both HSBC and the client business. This included one of the 3 largest sub-marine cable laying businesses in the world.
Years: 2010 to 2012 Employer: SUGAT INDUSTRIES, SUGAT REFINERIES LTD. Title: Interim General Director Department: Israeli Operations Responsibilities: Was asked to turn the business round operationally and negotiate a long term energy supply contract via the installation of a new gas power station (110MW).
Years: 2012 to 2012 Employer: DEBRECENI CSOPORT Title: Interim Managing Director Department: Debreceni Csoport kft Responsibilities: Provided operational turnaround to a business that had been re-structured non-optimally, from raw material supply through to and including finished goods storage. Also improved gross margins through customer based contract improvements and price increases.
Years: 2013 to 2014 Employer: UKRAINIAN SUGAR COMPANY LLC Title: Interim General Director Department: Ukrainian Operations Responsibilities: Delivered a $30M capital project, start-up of manufacturing after several years of inactivity, establishing a share in the national regulated market and supply of raw material from a JV agricultural supply business.
Years: 2014 to 2015 Employer: KUEHNE & NAGEL DRINKS LOGISTICS Title: Interim CEO Department: Kuehne & Nagel Drinks Logistics Responsibilities: Dealt with difficult industrial relations and managed the JV shareholders through a difficult relationship. Improved operating performance, set new strategy for the company and delivered the implementation plan.
Years: 2016 to 2017 Employer: Rydal Hall Ltd, Diocese of Carlisle, UK Title: Interim General Manager Department: Responsibilities: Turned the business round, re-set strategy and direction, managed the balance between generating profit and being a religious centre, re-structured the management team, improved gross margin at the pricing level, introduced a core change to the IT system to support business growth, introduced the profit centre concept.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2001 to 2002 Country / Region: Romania Summary: Ran what was the national tyre industry, bringing it from a broken hulk to a value added business that was divested by the investment bank to time.
Years: 2003 to 2004 Country / Region: Hungary Summary: Took independent companies in Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia through turnaround and preparation for competition within the EU regulated market sugar regime.
Years: 2005 to 2005 Country / Region: Slovakia Summary: Returned to run the sugar group for a period as his successor had been tragically injured in a car accident. The objective was to establish the Annual Operating Plan for three countries, stabilise the international executive team and prepare scenarios for alternative futures for the company's leadership.
Years: 2010 to 2012 Country / Region: Israel Summary: Ran the Israeli sugar industry, turning it round operationally and negotiating a new gas power station to supply energy, steam and carbon dioxide to the factory.
Years: 2012 to 2012 Country / Region: Hungary Summary: Turned around the meat processing business.
Years: 2013 to 2014 Country / Region: Ukraine Summary: Delivered a $30M capital project, established supply into the nationally regulated food market and set up raw material supply to the factory via a JV agri-food supply company

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
IIM; CMI; YABA
Licenses / Certifications
CIIM
Professional Appointments
Director, IIM

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Expert has delivered a number of seminars and presentations on the subject of interim management, the market and associated issues. He has also delivered courses on Performance Management, aspects of turnaround management and undertaken a number of years of process facilitation at senior organisational level.
Vendor Selection
Expert is a Director of the Institute of Interim Management. He has a public role to further the interests of the sector and has a good working understanding of the supply side of interim management.
Marketing Experience
Expert is a fully accredited member of the Institute of Interim Management. He has run businesses across a range of sectors including: capital goods; plastics; steel; security; food; FMCG; vehicle after-market; logistics; electronics; cabling; POS; tyre manufacture and distribution; hydraulics; paper products; IT; chemicals; textiles.
Other Relevant Experience
Expert has experience in working with non Newtonian fluids (e.g. chocolate); flavour and texture evaluation; synthetic polymer chemistry and physics for commercial exploitation and various forms of drying technologies including the use of microwave cavities on a commercial scale.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French Basic skills only.

Fields of Expertise

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