He brings more than 20 years of experience in business consulting and senior management. His primary focus is the development and implementation of performance improvement and restructuring programs in challenging corporate situations. He frequently serves as Chief Transformation Officer (CTO) or Chief Restructuring Officer (CRO). Mr. Knott is one of A&M’s subject matter experts for corporate transformations involving head count restructuring in European jurisdictions. He has worked across a range of industries, including metal component manufacturing, industrial machine manufacturing, automotive suppliers, food, electronics, medical devices, and IT.
Most recently, Mr. Knott has been leading a project to improve the European operations of a global services firm. To structurally improve the operating model Mr. Knott and his team supported this client in the design of a program to streamline the footprint and to improve SG&A spend. As an interim manager, he then led the implementation teams composed of client employees and external legal advisors across 18 jurisdictions. After two years of implementation work the teams have achieved $120m recurring EBITDA improvements.
Prior to joining A&M, Mr. Knott was head of the Munich office of a German consulting boutique for six years and played a leading role in various restructuring projects on behalf of intensive care units of major German banks. These projects typically started with the identification of improvement measures followed by a formal audit of the turnaround plan (Independent Business Review according to German standard “Sanierungsgutachten IDW S6”). In many of these engagements, Mr. Knott was suggested as interim manager to implement the turnaround plan.
Mr. Knott also served for six years as CFO in the venture capital financed enterprise software company iTAC Software AG, which he co-led with the founder and CTO through the crisis of the IT industry after the crash of the IT markets in 2001.
Mr. Knott started his professional career at Bain & Company supporting private equity backed companies in the design and implementation of performance improvement programs.
Mr. Knott earned a master’s degree in business administration (Diplom-Kaufmann) from the WHU Koblenz, Germany. He also studied at the École Supérieure de Commerce de Reims, France and Brandeis Graduate School of International Economics and Finance, USA. A German national, Mr. Knott is fluent in German and English and has a working knowledge of French.