Olivier PETIT

Cross-border M&A - CFO

Paris, France


- M&A strategy leader with a solid track-record in cross-border Corporate Development contexts : 20+ transactions completed and associated PMI projects. - 20+ years' experience as CFO, with international scope and a keen interest for leading transformation and process improvement, in medium size businesses facing growth and change challenges, with various shareholding structures: listed, PE backed, LBO, family owned. - 5+ years of freelance consulting in M&A and Corporate Finance. - Project management oriented. - Extensive international exposure (Europe, USA).

Domain experience

Relevant Total Experience: 25 years

Seniority Level: Senior

Sector Experience: 

Capital Goods Commercial and Professional Services Technology Hardware and Equipment


Skilled in: Post Merger Integration (PMI), Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Sell-side M&A, Corporate Development

Technical Skills: Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Office, Hyperion Enterprise

Languages: English, French

Work Experience


Freelance - M&A advisory



- Now

Consultant M&A and interim CFO – IPSOFINANCE M&A Buy & Sell- sides, operational finance consulting, fund raising Associate Director at investment bank Societex Managed 9 acquisitions in France, Spain, Slovakia, Tunisia, Ireland, Benelux, UK Managed 9 post-acquisition integration projects (finance, reporting, IS, company mergers) Occasional assistance - CFO/Corporate Finance

Groupe RG

M&A and Corporate Development - Director



- 1/1/2020

Leading BtoB distribution specialist of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) in France and Europe LBO (3rd round – Ardian / Latour Capital)) - 30+ branches across Europe – Rev ~ EUR 380 M – 1600 people - www.groupe-rg.com 01/2018 to 01/2020 Director M&A and Corporate Development EU Executive Committee member Lead external growth policy – business plan’s strategic objective: + Eur 20 M in revenues in Europe. 4 acquisitions completed in France, Spain, Italy – Supervise post-acquisition integration plans. Supervize operations and development of Group’s subsidiaries in Spain, Italy, Tunisia. Foster synergies and translate Group’s strategy and policies, identify development opportunities – Rev 2017- 2019 : +6% vs market growth 01/2017 to 01/2018 Director Transformation and M&A Executive Committee member Initiate and conduct operational transformation projects, aiming at professionalizing, optimizing and modernizing company organization. Illustrations: Digital strategy and development of an e-commerce channel, overhaul of logistics: logistical sites map and systems (WMS, MRP), Creation of a technical maintenance platform – modelling of operational flows on SAP, financial and accounting processes’ optimization. Development and implementation of sales support tools (CRM), disposal of real estates, … Charged with international development initiative, manage acquisition/external growth process (Europe) Participate in investors relations with LBO partners

Amplitude Laser Group

Group Chief Financial Officer



- 01/12/2016

A worldwide leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of laser systems for scientific, medical and industrial applications. Femto second laser pioneer and specialist. Private equity owned. Build-up newly created position and structure the Group Finance & Administration function, in a context of acquisitions and organic growth/development. Broad scope of responsibilities, with a strong emphasis on organizational matters and business development/growth - Develop company footprint in China and Korea Manage remote teams of ca 20 people, spread over Group’s local operations worldwide.


Interim Manager- M&A & CFO assignments



- 01/05/2015

Entrepreneur - Interim management & Operational consulting - Lead interim management and operational consulting assignments, - Advise acquisition and post-merger integration processes, - Manage turnaround and change situations, - Offer management services to investment/PE funds – notably foreign funds - of their holdings/investments in France. Illustrative assignments: - Interim CFO - Fund and grant raising - Acquisition process management - Buy-side M&A mandate - Industrial controlling set-up - ...





- 01/04/2013

Export Trade of aeronautic & defense Equipments A subsidiary of EADS, Thalès, Dassault Aviation, Safran... - Partner daily with commercial BUs for purchases/sales management and execution - Reorganize accounting & controlling departments, fostering operational performance measurement - Take charge of Sales & Purchases Administration. Revamp its processes. - Lead Information System / ERP implementation project - Investigate and analyze acquisition opportunities.


Freelance Consultant



- 01/01/2011

Operational consulting in Restructuring, HR and Finance - www.coparlead.com


Group CFO - M&A - Investor relations



- 01/06/2009

A leading panEuropean BtoB e-commerce and distance seller of non-strategic equipment & consumables - Family owned business, listed on EuroNext Paris - 23 subs in Europe - 1500 people – Rev. > EUR 700 Million www.manutaninternational.com Build up the role and structure the Group Finance & Administration function (people & processes) Broaden the CFO’s scope of responsibilities beyond typical assignments to include: - New responsibilities: real estate, business intelligence, risks management/internal controls. - Enhanced functions, eg: cash management, financial communication, information systems, legal & tax. - Leading operational efficiency projects M&A: Lead the function and complete 3 acquisitions and 1 divestment in 18 months accross Europe. Business development: implement 4 new subsidiaries in Central Europe and Russia Managing Director of a Czech logistic subsidiary (20.000 sqm warehouse – manage 4 ETP)


Corporate Controllership - Manager



- 01/05/2003

09/2002 to 04/2003 Program Manager – Post-Merger Integration – HP Corp. (USA & France) Manage integration projects, worldwide, of Compaq financial processes following its merger with HP. Supervise a team of 6 project managers across the globe, tasked with rationalizing and transitioning financial transactional processes into HP’s off-shore shared services centers. 03/2001 to 09/2002 Corporate Controllership Manager – Compaq Computer Corp. (Houston, TX–USA) Manage relationships with the worldwide network of Regional Finance Directors on topics such as : Definition and roll out of « corporate financial policies», organization of « business reviews » on site, management of ad hoc projects (transfer pricing, internal audit & controls, …).

Hewlett Packard

Accounting Manager - Post-merger integration



- 01/02/2000

11/1998 to 02/2000 Compaq Computer Post-Merger Integration: Compaq’s takeover of Digital Equipment PMI management – Help at translating the accounting, tax and legal consequences of French entities’ merger Draft financial and administrative processes (functional & IS) of DEC for adaptation and merger with that of Compaq’s Interim Accounting Manager – overhaul, recruit personnel and manage financial department in a context of large personnel and organizational restructuring 02/2000 to 03/2001 Accounting Manager - Compaq Computer France (Paris-France) 3 legal entities - 1 600 people - Rev. : EUR 1.4 MM Structure and manage the accounting & reporting department (20 people). French and US GAAP financials Revamp reporting processes to corporate – Adapt organization to SAP IS’s evolution ‘Acting’ Financial Controller for 6 months – ‘Acting’ Tax Manager for 7 months.





- 01/10/1998

Accounting practice, audit and consulting firm.


Conseil de l'Ordre des Experts-Comptables



- 01/06/2021

University of Paris I: Panthéon-Sorbonne



- 01/01/1999




- 01/01/2007

Université Paris Cité



- 01/01/1996

Licenses / Certificates


Swapers - M&A Practice Leader




Manager de transition by Wayden™



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