Amit Bhagat, Finance Expert in Toronto, ON, Canada
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Amit Bhagat

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Finance Expert

Location
Toronto, ON, Canada
Toptal Member Since
November 15, 2022

Amit launched his consulting practice after a 15-year-long career in strategic and transformational M&A-driven value creation, which included acquisitions, carve-outs, and divestitures. Having completed 50+ engagements in this space, he brings a client-centered perspective from his corporate role in strategy, M&A, and transformation. Amit was also part of the M&A Value Creation practice at PwC. He is a Canadian citizen and holds a US work permit.

Career Highlights

Principal
Strategy&

Education Highlights

Case Studies

Work Experience

Founder and Principal

2020 - PRESENT
Convergency
  • Founded a boutique strategy consulting practice focused on M&A-driven value creation—carve-outs and integrations.
  • Led the carve-out for a US manufacturing company. Developed a carve-out strategy and collaborated with key leaders to plan and execute it. Delivered a seamless transition while protecting the client's commercial and financial interests.
  • Oversaw the carve-out of a division of a global manufacturing conglomerate. Defined the carve-out perimeter, developed and executed the transition plan (including TSAs), and resolved conflicts among stakeholders. Resulted in a seamless Day 1.
  • Led the carve-out for a US-based industrial company. Planned and executed a portfolio of initiatives, ensuring alignment with business objectives. Implemented PMO and change management methodologies, mitigated risks, and ensured timely completion.
  • Spearheaded the post-merger integration of three manufacturing companies. Established a clear vision and worked closely with functional leaders to craft a detailed plan. Supported the plan's execution, resulting in a 25% cost reduction.
Focus areas: Strategy, Finance Transformation, Leadership, Analysis, Creative Problem Solving, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Post-merger Integration, Sales, Marketing, Distribution, Supply Chain, Analytics, Market Insights, Planning, Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP), Manufacturing, Partnerships, Total Addressable Market (TAM), Market Sizing, Competitor Analysis & Profiling, Price Positioning, United States, Market Research, Software, HR Tools, Human Resources (HR), Microsoft PowerPoint, Company Strategy, Management Consulting, Business Consulting, Excel 365, eCommerce, Startups, eCommerce Management, Productivity Improvement, Operations Improvement, Apparel & Accessories, Consumer Insights, Competition Research, Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), Market Research Analyst, Beauty Products, Health, Business Models, Business Modeling, Go-to-market Plans, Pricing Models, Program Management, Project Management, Financial Transformation

Principal

2016 - 2020
Strategy&
  • Advised global corporate and private equity clients in planning and executing M&A-driven value creation, including merger integration, post-acquisition transformation, and both buy and sell side carve-outs and divestitures.
  • Led the acquisition-driven transformation of a manufacturing company. Handled org redesign to align with the company's new vision, worked with functional leaders to professionalize key processes, and positioned the company for sustainable growth.
  • Oversaw the carve-out of a BU of a global industrial company. Liaised between the client and buyer, developed deal perimeters, functional separation plans, and TSAs, and managed risks. Delivered a smooth Day 1 to customers and employees.
Focus areas: Post-merger Integration, Finance Transformation, Strategy, Leadership, Analysis, Creative Problem Solving, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Sales, Marketing, Distribution, Supply Chain, Analytics, Market Insights, Planning, Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP), Manufacturing, Partnerships, Total Addressable Market (TAM), Market Sizing, Competitor Analysis & Profiling, Price Positioning, United States, Market Research, Software, HR Tools, Human Resources (HR), Microsoft PowerPoint, Company Strategy, Business Consulting, Excel 365, eCommerce, Startups, International Expansion, eCommerce Management, Operations, Productivity Improvement, Operations Improvement, Apparel & Accessories, Consumer Insights, Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), Market Research Analyst, Beauty Products, Health, Business Models, Business Modeling, Go-to-market Plans, Pricing Models

Vice President, International Brands

2014 - 2016
Molson Coors Beverage Company
  • Established a partnership-based standalone international beverage business unit, managing the import, marketing, and sales of a portfolio of iconic global brands, including Miller, Heineken, Dos Equis, and Strongbow.
  • Managed profit and loss (P&L) responsibility for a business worth around $200 million, with teams across supply chain and distribution, planning, finance, marketing, and sales.
  • Deployed a marketing budget of over $20 million with full-circle deployment, including media production, and launched two new brands from product development to launch.
Focus areas: Sales, Marketing, Distribution, Supply Chain, Leadership, Strategy, Analysis, Creative Problem Solving, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Post-merger Integration, Finance Transformation, Analytics, Market Insights, Planning, Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP), Manufacturing, Partnerships, Competitor Analysis & Profiling, Price Positioning, Market Research, Microsoft PowerPoint, Company Strategy, Business Consulting, Excel 365, eCommerce, Startups, International Expansion, eCommerce Management, Productivity Improvement, Operations Improvement, Consumer Insights, Competition Research, Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), Market Research Analyst, Health, Business Models, Business Modeling, Go-to-market Plans, Pricing Models

Vice President and Head of Strategy, M&A, and Transformation

2008 - 2016
Molson Coors Beverage Company
  • Reported directly to the CEO, managing and leading teams in charge of corporate and commercial strategy, M&A with post-merger integration, business transformation, integrated business planning, insights, and analytics.
  • Managed tactical execution of the strategy through appropriate financial metrics, milestones, controls, and management reporting of key financials, translating the strategy from an annual plan to a month-by-month commercial priority setting.
  • Developed and implemented an innovative strategic planning process, moving the organization from a finance-led to a capabilities-led process. Led critical strategic projects across all functions.
Focus areas: Analytics, Market Insights, Planning, Finance Transformation, Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP), Manufacturing, Partnerships, Leadership, Strategy, Analysis, Creative Problem Solving, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Post-merger Integration, Sales, Marketing, Distribution, Supply Chain, Total Addressable Market (TAM), Market Sizing, Competitor Analysis & Profiling, Price Positioning, United States, Market Research, HR Tools, Human Resources (HR), Microsoft PowerPoint, Company Strategy, Management Consulting, Business Consulting, Excel 365, eCommerce, Startups, International Expansion, eCommerce Management, Operations, Productivity Improvement, Operations Improvement, Consumer Insights, Competition Research, Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), Market Research Analyst, Health, Business Models, Business Modeling, Go-to-market Plans, Pricing Models

Engagement Manager

2004 - 2008
Roland Berger
  • Led and contributed to global strategy, due diligence, and post-acquisition transformation engagements.
  • Redesigned the operating model for a major apparel private label and retailer to improve responsiveness to changes in seasonal apparel lines.
  • Developed the growth strategy for a major European financial services company with global operations.
Focus areas: Strategy, M&A Strategy, Project Support, Costs, Performance, Total Addressable Market (TAM), Market Sizing, Competitor Analysis & Profiling, Price Positioning, Market Research, Software, Human Resources (HR), Microsoft PowerPoint, Company Strategy, Management Consulting, Business Consulting, Excel 365, eCommerce, Startups, International Expansion, eCommerce Management, Operations, Productivity Improvement, Operations Improvement, Apparel & Accessories, Consumer Insights, Competition Research, Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), Market Research Analyst, Beauty Products, Health, Business Models, Business Modeling, Go-to-market Plans, Pricing Models

Associate

2003 - 2004
Campbell Lutyens
  • Provided private equity advisory focused on primary fundraising and secondary transactions.
  • Completed financial analysis of fundraising and investment trends of European private equity funds.
  • Prepared pitch decks for client fundraising presentations.
Focus areas: Fund of Funds, Fundraising Strategy, Analysis, Hedge Funds, Private Equity, Private Placements, Total Addressable Market (TAM), Market Sizing, Competitor Analysis & Profiling, Market Research, Microsoft PowerPoint, Company Strategy, Management Consulting, Business Consulting, Excel 365, Startups, International Expansion, Productivity Improvement, Competition Research, Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), Business Modeling
2002 - 2004

Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Strategy and Finance

London Business School - London, UK

1994 - 1998

Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering

McMaster University - Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Finance

Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A), Total Addressable Market (TAM), Market Research, M&A (Buy-side), Valuation, Fund of Funds, Private Equity, Budgeting, Capital Budgeting, Zero-based Budgeting, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Cost Reduction & Optimization (Cost-down)

Output Software

Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint

Industry Expertise

Health, Software, Apparel & Accessories

Geographic Expertise

United States

Other

Leadership, Strategy, Analysis, Creative Problem Solving, Sales, Marketing, Distribution, Supply Chain, Analytics, Market Insights, Planning, Sales & Operations Planning (S&OP), Partnerships, International Expansion, Market Sizing, Competitor Analysis & Profiling, Price Positioning, Competitive Analysis, Company Strategy, Management Consulting, Business Consulting, Excel 365, eCommerce, Startups, eCommerce Management, Operations, Productivity Improvement, Operations Improvement, Consumer Insights, Competition Research, Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), Market Research Analyst, Beauty Products, Business Models, Business Modeling, Go-to-market Plans, Manufacturing, HR Tools, Human Resources (HR), Pricing Models, Post-merger Integration, Finance Transformation, Post-Merger Integration, M&A Strategy, Integration, Operating Models, Target Operating Models, Communication, Project Support, Performance Improvement, Costs, Performance, Fundraising Strategy, Hedge Funds, Private Placements, Finance, Business Planning, SaaS, Program Management, Project Management, Financial Transformation, Carve-out Planning, Divestitures

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