Recently, Mr. Rajan completed his role as interim CFO of a private-equity backed multi-billion cosmetics retailer (Douglas) focusing on the transformation of the business with the CEO, and prior, served as interim CFO of the private-equity owned global market research company GfK working with the CEO to transform the business to a more agile model and grow the Asian business to become a predictive data analytics company while executing a multi-country carve-out. Mr. Rajan also recently served as a NED for a private-equity owned EPC global company and leading an operational turnaround in the transformer industry by improving shop-floor operational performance and transparency to the S&OP process. Before that, he advised two portfolio companies based in Finland and the Netherlands in changing their respective target operating models, streamlining the finance function, reducing headquarter costs (including labour negotiations) and supporting a PMI program.
In 2016, Mr. Rajan acted as the interim CFO of a global multi-billion European fashion retailer, assisting them with the preparation of their transformation plan and served as NED for a Luxco. of the IVG Group (a multi-billion real estate investment group) and a subsidiary of Eircom plc.
Earlier roles include interim CFO of the NKD Group, a large retail apparel chain operating across Europe, working with senior management to transform over 1,800 retail outlets and refinancing the company and building its value creation plan across the enterprise in Europe and China and other Asian countries. In 2010, Mr. Rajan served as the Interim CFO / CRO and Board member of Stabilus GmbH, a global tier one automotive supplier to work with various stakeholders through a complicated European turnaround which involved headcount reduction, cost reduction and closing and consolidating operations in Germany, Spain and Italy. Earlier, Mr. Rajan was interim restructuring project manager and VP Finance of Schefenacker, a tier one Automobile supplier with operations globally, to implement across-the-board cost savings and plant consolidations in Europe and in India and China.
Prior to joining A&M, Mr. Rajan was a Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York and Toronto, targeting underperforming clients in North and Latin America.
Mr. Rajan received a bachelor’s degree, with distinction, in biophysics from the University of Western Ontario. He earned an MBA with concentrations in accounting and finance, from the University of Toronto. Mr. Rajan is a CFA, CPA, CIRA and a CFF. Mr. Rajan formerly co-headed the G36 group of INSOL, was member of the editorial board of INSOL World Magazine and is a guest lecturer for the INSOL Fellowship program. He is a frequent speaker and author at restructuring conferences and regularly lectures at business schools (LBS and Frankfurt Business School). A Canadian national, Mr. Rajan is proficient in German and has a basic knowledge of French and Spanish.