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Romain A. Ichbiah

Romain A. Ichbiah

Chicago, IL, United States
Member since September 11, 2016
Romain brings 16+ years of strategy, consulting, and finance experience acquired in the US and in Europe. He's served the C suite of small/large companies ($1 million to $26 billion in sales) and of PE firms on organic growth, M&A strategy, alternatives, and buy/sell sides diligence issues. As a freelancer, he also supports clients on transaction execution (buy and sell) in the US, EU, and cross-border and enjoys straddling the two regions.
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Career Highlights
Education
Industry Expertise
  • Consumer Products
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing
Software Expertise
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
Other Expertise
  • Business Strategy
  • Due Diligence
  • Private Equity
  • Sales & Channel Enablement
Employment
  • Director, Strategy Consulting
    2011 - 2016
    Houlihan Lokey
    • Performed a market scan, target identification, and due diligence on a silicone target for a mid-cap industrial, medical contract manufacturer.
    • Led portfolio review and new platform development effort for a global motors manufacturer. This included business performance analysis, competitive benchmark and company capability assessment, a new platform, and M&A target assessment/prioritization (targets ranging between $200M and $1B in revenue).
    • Performed due diligence on a $200M+ Electronic Health Record and SaaS player for a $12B PE fund.
    • Performed a scan of 12 sectors for acquisitions and prioritized potential targets within a group of 200+ in 10 days for a global healthcare conglomerate.
    • Performed sell-side diligence for a PE-owned owned industrial distributor—including historical growth driver definition, "as is" forecast, identification, and sizing/prioritization of internal (sales effectiveness) & external (assortment, geographies, M&A) opportunities.
    • Performed sell-side diligence for a PE-owned vehicle service contracts provider.
    Focus areas: Portfolio Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Market Research, Due Dilligence, M&A Strategy
  • Director and Business Lead
    2008 - 2011
    Nielsen Business Consulting Services
    • Worked as the founding member and leader of Nielsen's Strategy Consulting startup.
    • Managed projects, developed the business, dealt with recruitment, and P&L—a global leadership role (US-based).
    • Led more than 20 engagements leading and mentoring project teams of 2-3 senior consultants.
    • Worked with a variety of industries including: pharma, oral care, confectionery, snacks, beverages & alcohol, and retail.
    • Provided thought-leadership in forecasting, recession, and innovation; also did public speaking engagements.
    Focus areas: Portfolio Analysis, Market Research
  • Lead Associate
    2007 - 2008
    Booz and Co.
    • Led the strategy consulting projects and/or workflows within strategy consulting projects.
    • Focused primarily on consumer and technology companies e.g. CPG, pharma, and electronics.
    • Led due diligence on a $200M global firm operating in the parking meter industry, across four business lines and three key geographies for a private equity fund.
    • Led a trade promotion effectiveness effort for a leading US frozen-food manufacturer—led a current state analysis and future state development for organizational, process, and analytics workflows ensuring the alignment of key stakeholders including retail partners.
    • Developed a brand portfolio strategy for a leading global consumer health-care manufacturer—specifically for the post-acquisition of a key competitor across four key verticals, globally.
    Focus areas: Due Dilligence
Education
  • Series 63/79 (Investment Banking Certification) in Finance
    2015 - 2015
    FINRA - USA
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in General Management
    2005 - 2006
    Kellogg School of Management | Northwestern University - Chicago, IL, USA
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration
    1996 - 2000
    ESSEC Business School ("Grande Ecole") - Cergy, France
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