AlixPartners Promotes Seven to the Role of Managing Director

AlixPartners promoted Sanjay Bailur, Joel Bines, David Hewish, Elmar Kades, Francois Neveux, Lorenzo Pietromarchi and Adam Werner to the role of managing directors. The appointments were effective Jan. 1. The global business-advisory firm based in Chicago also promoted 25 to the role of director.

AlixPartners, the global business-advisory firm, today announced the promotions of seven to its highest rank, managing director. They are: Sanjay Bailur, Joel Bines, David Hewish, Elmar Kades, Francois Neveux, Lorenzo Pietromarchi and Adam Werner. The appointments were effective Jan. 1.

“AlixPartners prides itself on delivering results when it really matters most for clients, and these professionals exemplify what that ethos is all about,” said Fred Crawford, chief executive officer of AlixPartners. “Our newest managing directors, along with our newly appointed directors, are helping our clients succeed in what continues to be uncharted waters economically around the world.”

Twenty-five individuals were also promoted to director, AlixPartners’ second most-senior position. All promotions are listed below, by city:


Adam Werner, who was promoted to managing director working from AlixPartners’ Chicago office, is an expert in procurement-cost reduction, supply-chain management, lean production and technical cost reduction. He is also a key leader in AlixPartners’ restaurant and foodservices practice, and is very active with private-equity as well as corporate clients. He joined AlixPartners in 2004 from A.T. Kearney Inc., and is known for his ability to lead project teams to deliver exceptional results for clients. Werner holds a bachelor of science degree in industrial and operations engineering and a master of business administration degree from the University of Michigan.

Promoted to director in Chicago were: Andrew Csicsila, Mike DeGraf, Josh Hubbard, Greg Maynard, Kishore Paluri and Leewai Wacek.


Joel Bines, who is now a managing director in Dallas, is a retail and specialty-wholesale expert. In addition to serving clients in multiple, complex engagements, he has helped develop new service capabilities for AlixPartners, such as its “Retail Operational Excellence” and “Return on Invested Labor” services, which help retailers identify and realize step-change improvements in several areas. Prior to joining AlixPartners in 2004, Bines co-founded a marketing-automation software company, and spent several years in sales, marketing and operations positions in several retail companies. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School.

Promoted to director in Dallas were: Clayton Gring, Chris Rollo and Chad Tolleson.


Heinrich Foerster was promoted to director in Dusseldorf.


Sanjay Bailur, who is now a managing director in London, recently served as interim chief operating officer at Goldshield Pharmaceuticals Ltd. He has deep experience serving as an interim executive (COO, CFO and CPO), as well as in leading performance-improvement programs across a wide variety of industries, including consumer goods and retail, packaging, pulp and paper, construction and building materials, oil and gas and chemicals. He co-heads AlixPartners’ Consumer Goods and Retail Practice in the EMEA region, and has solid expertise in areas from pricing to procurement to working capital. Bailur, who joined AlixPartners in 2005 from A.T. Kearney, holds a bachelor of science degree in econometrics and mathematical economics from the London School of Economics, and an MBA from the London Business School. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and is an associate member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers in the UK.

David Hewish, also now a managing director in London, served as interim CFO of Saab Automobile AB during its court-based reorganization and restructuring, and is an expert in cash-focused turnarounds, stakeholder management, financial restructurings and negotiations, distressed M&A, and performance management. Prior to AlixPartners, he held restructuring roles at telecommunication companies Cable & Wireless PLC and Global Crossing Inc., as well as engineering and project management positions at energy and construction firm Balfour Beatty International PLC. He joined AlixPartners from Ernst & Young LLP in 2004, and holds a bachelor of engineering with honors from the University of Bristol in England. He is a chartered accountant and a full member of the Institute for Turnaround. He won the IFT’s “Rising Star” award in 2009 for his work at Saab, and was a member of the team receiving that independent organization’s “Listed Company Turnaround Award” for 2008, for the turnaround of retailer Galiform PLC.

Promoted to director in London were: Aleksandra Bozic, James Gilbey, Stewart Higginson, Reese McNeel and Rob Weston.

Los Angeles

Krista Santino was promoted to director in Los Angeles.


Lorenzo Pietromarchi, now a managing director for AlixPartners in Milan, has nearly 20 years’ experience as a turnaround and restructuring expert, with deep expertise in financial-recovery plans, capital-structure optimization, stakeholders’ management and negotiations, and implementation of turnaround programs. He started his career at Morgan Stanley in London working on mergers and acquisitions, and then structuring derivatives. Prior to joining AlixPartners, he held several management roles, including a restructuring role in the copper-processor KME Group SpA and a corporate development role at Fininvest Group SpA. He joined AlixPartners in 2007 after six years at Italian turnaround firm Poli e Associati SpA, where he was a partner. He is a member of the Turnaround Management Association and holds a bachelor of arts degree with honors in economics from the Universita degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza in Rome, and is a certified internal auditor and a certified public accountant.

Mauro Trabatti was promoted to director in Milan.


Elmar Kades, who’s now a managing director working out of AlixPartners’ Munich office, has more than 15 years’ international experience in purchasing, procurement and performance improvement across the automotive, general industrial and chemicals industries. Since joining AlixPartners in 2007, he has held interim CPO roles and has led several procurement-transformation and sourcing-strategy projects for multi-billion-euro companies. Earlier in his career, Kades was a partner at McKinsey & Co., and then moved on to executive roles at the braking-systems company Knorr-Bremse AG, where he served first as vice president for purchasing and then COO of that company’s Asia-Pacific truck division. He holds a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Zurich and a diploma with distinction) in chemistry from the University of Wurzburg in Germany.

New York

Toby Deligtisch, Marc Iampieri, Meaghan Schmidt Lawrence Writer and Charles Zentay were promoted to director in New York.


Francois Neveux, now a managing director in Paris, works with investors, banks and top management of companies to implement competitive strategies and turnaround programs. One of the founding members of the AlixPartners team that opened the office in France in 2006, Neveux has nearly 20 years’ experience in automotive, aerospace, electronics, transportation, utilities and textiles. His accomplishments include negotiating the sale of a 4-billion-euro program for a major aerospace player and helping a textile company increase its value by 50% in only one year. Prior to AlixPartners, Neveux worked for A.T. Kearney and, previously, served in executive roles at Renault SA and Thales SA. He holds a master of engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale Superieure de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace (“SUPAERO”) in Paris and an MBA with honors from the Institut Europeen d’Administration des Affaires (“INSEAD”).

Yoni Aidan was promoted to director in Paris.

San Francisco

Paul Dhaliwal was promoted to director in San Francisco.


Promoted to director in Shanghai was James Guo.

About AlixPartners

AlixPartners LLP is a global business-advisory firm offering comprehensive services in four major areas: enterprise improvement, turnaround and restructuring, financial-advisory services and information-management services. The firm has more than 900 professionals and 15 offices around the world, and can be found on the Web at

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