Most recently, Mr. Laud supported the ExCo of a Global Healthcare Company with €2.3 billion turnover, helped a provider of medical supplies develop a comprehensive internal and external benchmarking study, and supported headcount / cost review to identify opportunities to improve efficiency of SG&A across Europe. He also led a large cost reduction project for a global communications software and services company with headquarters in Germany, where he reduced the SG&A costs by 18 percent over a five-month period.
Prior to that, Mr. Laud worked with a large private equity fund to carve out a telecom operator in Switzerland. He led the 100-day plan post-acquisition and EBITDA improvement programme for the technology and operations area to sustainably reduce costs by 10 percent in the first year through process efficiencies.
Previously, Mr. Laud was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the fourth largest cable television company in Germany, responsible for network management, IP, IT, data quality management and their customer service call centre. He led a team of 200 FTEs and managed a €30 million operational budget. He worked with management to evaluate the post-merger integration roadmap between the PE portfolio company and a cable TV provider.
Mr. Laud also led the technology work-stream for a three-way merger of a retail chain in Spain, Italy and the UK. His role was to integrate the technology platforms, assess common and disparate process, and evaluate the best of breed standard systems across the three entities. Part of the role was also to develop and implement transformation project plans for go-live preparation as well as post acquisition.
Prior to joining A&M, Mr. Laud was responsible for Asset-Plus, a software division of GE HealthCare, the largest provider of asset management software for healthcare in Europe. As head of the unit, he restructured it and drastically reduced costs over a six-month period to improve the EBITDA. Previously, he applied Lean Six Sigma methodology as a Master Black Belt and served as CIO for GE HealthCare International. During this time, he led the $3 billion GE Healthcare acquisition and post-merger technology integration of Amersham.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Laud was with McKinsey in U.S. and Scandinavia in the telecoms and high tech sector, managing several large-scale systems and strategy projects, including the purchasing cost reduction of Ericsson in Denmark and Sweden. He was based in Copenhagen for a year.
Mr. Laud earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Bombay University and a master’s degree in business administration, with concentrations in finance, strategy and information systems from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. An Indian national, he is fluent in English and German and proficient in French and Spanish.