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André Puong

Seasoned M&A / Lower Middle Market Private Equity Professional

New York, United States

$2,100/day

Seasoned private equity investor with 15+ years' experience sourcing and executing control and non-control equity investments in lower middle market companies in North America and Europe. Personal emphasis on the consumer sector. Extensive business dealings with China and track record of cross-border strategic partnerships / business development leveraging broad ecosystems across North America, Europe and Asia. Deep experience in fundraising and investor relations. Specialties: management and leveraged buyouts, growth equity, minority investments, special situations, add-on acquisitions, operational improvements, and cross-border business between North America, Europe and China.

Domain experience

Relevant Total Experience: 15 years

Seniority Level: Senior

Sector Experience: 

Apparel Retail Apparel, Accessories and Luxury Goods Cosmetics Hair Care Products Home Furnishings Hotels, Resorts and Cruise Lines Online Apparel and Accessory Retail Skin Care Products Textiles Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements

Skills

Skilled in: Corporate Strategy, Target Sourcing, Venture and minority investments, Commercial Due Diligence, Private Equity & Growth Capital, Sell-side M&A, Buy-Side M&A

Technical Skills: Salesforce, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Office, Capital IQ

Languages: English, French, Chinese (Mandarin)

Work Experience

Cathay Capital

Partner

1/2/2015

 

- 1/1/2024

- Seasoned international private equity investor with 15+ years' experience sourcing and executing control and non-control equity investments in North American and European lower middle market companies. Transactions include management and leveraged buyouts, build up, recapitalizations and growth capital equity investments. - Spearheaded investments in founder-led / family-owned companies with $5M to $50M in EBITDA across consumer verticals, including luxury fashion, home furnishings, food ingredients, personal care, nutritional supplements, and consumer healthcare. - Proven track record of working closely with portfolio companies on strategic and value creation planning and execution, leading to significant EBITDA growth and successful exits, through: * Fueling organic growth, including but not limited to channels and geographies expansion, product extensions and new business launches, * Focusing on operational excellence, * Developing organizational capabilities through the recruitment of C-suite executives, * Developing strong relationships with portfolio company CEOs and management teams, providing mentorship and strategic guidance to achieve business objectives, * Capturing digital transformation opportunities, * Pursuing strategic acquisitions, * Optimizing capital structure, including raising debt and equity to fund growth, and * Providing hands-on support to portfolio companies during critical transitions, including turnarounds, mergers, and acquisitions. - Extensive business dealings with China and Europe and track record of cross-border strategic partnerships / business development leveraging broad ecosystems across North America, Europe and Asia. - Skills: Financial Analysis & Modeling, Operational Improvement, Strategic Planning & Execution, Portfolio Management, Leadership & Team Building, Deal Sourcing & Execution, Fundraising & Investor Relations, Due Diligence & Investment Thesis Formulation.

Cathay Capital

Investment Director

1/1/2008

 

- 1/9/2011

Fosun 复星

Investment Director

1/10/2011

 

- 1/2/2015

Accor

Strategy Manager

1/11/2007

 

- 1/1/2008

- Key member of internal strategy department at a leading hospitality group with €10b+ in market capitalization. - Led and delivered multiple strategic projects to an exclusively senior-level audience, including the CEO and the Board of Directors

MARS & CO.

Strategy Consultant

1/1/2002

 

- 1/1/2005

Advised Fortune 500 clients on strategic and operational issues, using qualitative and quantitative analytical tools. Projects for global clients in the Pet Food, Consumer Eye Care and Telco/ISP industries.

ORACLE

Supply Chain Suite Software Developer

1/1/2001

 

- 1/1/2002

Early member as an Applications Developer of the team that built the Advanced Supply Chain Planning software, now part of Oracle’s Supply Chain Solutions

Education

Harvard Business School

1/1/2005

 

- 1/1/2007

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1/1/1999

 

- 1/1/2001

CentraleSupélec

1/1/1997

 

- 1/1/2000