Amith Karan
Managing Director
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19 years of performance improvement, turnaround and management experience
Helped leading private equity funds and corporates on improving performance and achieving targets
Expertise in operating diligence at investment stage
Essayed interim management roles to manage companies and effect turnaround
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Amith Karan leads the Private Equity Performance Improvement (PEPI) practice in India. He brings 19 years of line operations, interim management and advisory experience.

His experience includes supporting PE funds and investors on operating diligence during the investment stage and helping portfolio companies and corporates improve performance post investment. Operating diligence work involves identifying critical issues with operations and having a clear 100 Day Plan post investment to ensure a successful scale up of the business. At A&M he has successfully helped investors evaluate operations across retail, consumer, infrastructure and industrials businesses.

The performance improvement support is focused on driving a step up in EBITDA performance, improving working capital efficiency and ensuring the business capabilities are in shape to achieve business goals. He recently helped a castings business optimize EBITDA performance through an end-to-end performance improvement effort across sourcing, supply chain, lean manufacturing and sales model optimization. He also helped a retail business improve working capital efficiency and free up 'locked cash' through better demand planning and inventory management.

His turnaround and interim management experience has seen him essay COO and CRO roles across EPC, auto ancillary, manufacturing and consumer businesses. Interim management often includes stabilizing the business on a day to day basis, building a clear plan for turnaround and then leading the execution with the management team.

Amith has authored articles on performance improvement and operations and coordinates the A&M Operating Club focusing on operations improvement at PE funds.

Prior to A&M, he spent three years as part of the leadership team of Aranca, a leading outsourced research and analytics services firm. Before that, he spent six years with McKinsey & Co. in Europe across industries such as consumer, retail, industrial and private equity. He also spent four years with Asian Paints India, where he was also responsible for building operations in Africa  and later leading business operations in Kerala.

Mr. Karan has an MBA from the London Business School, a Masters in International Business from NMIMS and BSC in Science.