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AlixPartners names three MDs

AlixPartners has hired Shiv Shivaraman, Cosmo Takamatsu and Jeff Howe as managing directors. Shivaraman and Takamatsu have been added to the company’s enterprise improvement team in the U.S. and Japan while Howe will lead AlixPartners’ coverage of private equity firms, which is based in New York.


New York and Hong Kong, (February 3, 2015) – AlixPartners, the global business advisory firm, today announced the appointments of three new Managing Directors. Shiv Shivaraman and Cosmo Takamatsu join the firm’s Enterprise Improvement team in the US and Japan, and Jeff Howe will head up the firm’s coverage of private equity firms, based in New York.

Shiv Shivaraman has over 20 years of industry and consulting experience in engineering, product development, operations, and large-scale transformation programs in the automotive and process industries, most recently as a partner at A.T. Kearney. He brings a wealth of global experience having served clients across North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. He holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida.

Cosmo Takamatsu joins from global clothing retailer Fast Retailing, where he was Group Senior Vice President – Business Systems and IT. He previously held senior positions at Booz & Company and at A.T. Kearney. He has long-standing experience advising clients in the automotive and manufacturing industries and was a founding member of the Japan office of Scient, the “eBusiness Innovator.” He holds a BEng from the University of Tokyo and an MSc in Management from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jeff Howe previously held Managing Director positions at Jefferies and Credit Suisse, where he played a leading role in directing those firm’s efforts to deepen relationships with global private equity firms and hedge funds. While at Credit Suisse, he founded the firm’s Leverage Finance Origination Group, ultimately building a team of more than 50 professionals. He holds an MBA in finance from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from Dartmouth University.

“Shiv, Cosmo, and Jeff bring a wealth of international advisory and sector-specific know-how to the AlixPartners team,” said Fred Crawford, Chief Executive Officer of AlixPartners. “In Shiv and Cosmo we are adding outstanding operational expertise that will be invaluable to our manufacturing clients, while Jeff brings unparalleled experience in identifying and helping to address the unique needs of private equity firms and their portfolio businesses.

As businesses around the world, whether they are multinationals or private equity firms, confront the realities of operating in a low growth environment, I am delighted that we are continuing to build out our global capabilities with this group of proven, collaborative, hands-on advisors.”