Tristan Thomas, Finance Expert in Brussels, Belgium
Tristan Thomas

Finance Expert in Brussels, Belgium

Member since May 9, 2017
Tristan has more than 12 years of experience at the Boston Consulting Group ('02-'15). As a senior Principal, he led teams of consultants advising Retail, Consumer, and Industrial goods clients. He has extensive experience working on M&A, growth strategy, digital transformation and operational improvement topics. When not freelancing, Tristan is pursuing his dream of conducting a management buy-in of a production company.
Tristan is now available for hire

Career Highlights


Industry Expertise

  • Consumer Products
  • Logistics
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail & Wholesale

Other Expertise


  • Founder

    2016 - PRESENT
    Piazza Partners
    • Contributed to investment fund design and implement turnaround of two portfolio companies.
    • Supported the fund in managing the sale of a consumer goods company - compelling value creation plan and smart buyer engagement approach led to a sale price that was 2.5X what was initially expected.
    • Served as senior advisor to start-up in on-demand and same day delivery market.
    • Explored opportunities for management buy-ins in the Benelux market.
    Focus areas: Private Equity
  • Senior Vice President Strategy and Project Management

    2018 - 2020
    • Led strategy and project management for Swarovski’s €2bn consumer business.
    • Coached and built team, managed 10+ direct reports.
    • Responsible for a ~€3.5M budget and managing a ~€40M project portfolio.
    Focus areas: Online Business, Digital Strategy, Luxury Goods, Retail & Wholesale, Customer Lifetime, Project Management, Strategy
  • Principal

    2002 - 2015
    The Boston Consulting Group
    • Successfully led 20+ teams delivering strategy, operational improvement and growth assignments. Responsible for all aspects of project delivery – framework development, creation of intellectual content, project process, budgeting, change management, senior C-level client interactions.
    • Spearheaded projects based in USA, UK, Belgium and Denmark, working in English, French and Dutch. ~50% of projects involved supporting Global/European HQs across multiple parallel markets.
    • Primarily focused on industrial, consumer and retail sectors, often with a multichannel/eCommerce focus. Clients industries included wholesaling (IT, building materials), logistics and parcel delivery, In-store and online grocery, food and beverages, consumer electronics, white goods, luxury goods, credit cards, online and mobile payments.
    • 10+ due diligence efforts for PE and industrial buyers, on both the buy and sell side. In addition to diligence supported management to build pre-deal strategic plans.
    • Reduced working capital for a pan-European IT distributor by €210m (25%). Built momentum by using active “trial and test” approaches to build record of “wins”. Used “train the trainer” approach, to drive culture change and roll out to 10+ countries.
    • Helped pharmaceutical packaging company build and start implementation of turnaround plan. Worked with 5 plant managers to identify immediately actions to be taken in their businesses. Stabilized loss making business to enable subsequent sale to industry competitor.
    • Built pricing capabilities for European white goods manufacture, increasing margin 1%.
    • Addressed organization, price‐setting, price management, promotion effectiveness, incentives.
    • Helped Belgian grocer to turnaround .com offer to target ~€250m sales in 2020.
    • Developed plan for an audio company to grow sales by $400m in India & China.
    • Built US retail growth strategy for a Danish consumer goods company.
    Focus areas: Private Equity, Financial Benchmarking, Cost Efficiency, Cost Reduction & Optimization, Marginal Costing, Working Capital Management, Budgeting, Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)


  • Master's degree in Business Administration
    2006 - 2006
    INSEAD - Singapore
  • Master's degree in Engineering
    1997 - 2001
    University of Oxford - United Kingdom

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