ALAN GAYNOR BIO
Alan is a seasoned business professional with a blue chip background who specialises in business recovery, turnarounds and restructuring, with numerous assignments to date. He has, in addition, been a PLC CEO/MD in a number of restructurings and Chief Restructuring Officer in other assignments.
He is an advisor to several Private Equity firms, VCs and Restructuring Accountancy practices, including Langholm Capital, Leonard Curtis & PWC.
As an Interim Exec, Alan is recognised for his ability in taking decisive action and seeing opportunities which give an edge in corporate restructuring and turnaround situations. An independent practitioner, he is regularly approached by businesses and banks appreciative of the sensitivity and PR damage limitation that his experience brings in protecting the reputation of the Groups involved.
Recent assignments include exiting a loss-making fashion business from the parent group. Integrating the £400m turnover 99p Stores into Poundland PLC in a record 6 months. Also Interim CEO at Woolovers, an online ecommerce clothing retailer (for Langholm Capital).
His blue chip career started in Retail Operations with Asda, Sainsbury's and latterly WHSmith as Operations Director. Following on from this he was appointed MD of Underwoods the Chemist plc, leading a swift turnaround of the business and subsequently selling the company to Boots the Chemist plc. Since then he has specialised in turnarounds and business recovery assignments.
Alan has worked with numerous other companies, to name a few: Stationery Box (for HBoS), Motorcycle City (for Electra), Motorworld (Finelist Group plc), Owen & Robinson plc (Hill Samuel Bank), in addition, Duke Street Capital raising £325m for the acquisition of Halfords and a £200m household durables company on behalf of the shareholders.
Alan Gaynor is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, since 1987 and INSEAD alumnus 1985.