Brian Whittman
Managing Director
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20 years of restructuring and performance improvement experience including leading organizations in an officer role
Advises companies across the automotive, communications, distribution, manufacturing, media, mining and retail industries
Had led complex engagements for companies, secured lenders and creditors
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Brian Whittman is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal’s restructuring group in Chicago. For the past 20 years he has advised companies requiring performance improvement or financial restructuring across a wide range of industries, including automotive, communications, distribution, manufacturing, media, mining and retail. Mr. Whittman has led complex engagements for companies, secured lenders and creditors, serving in both interim management and advisory roles.

From March 2014 to February 2015, Mr. Whittman served as interim CFO for PSAV, a event technology services company with $1.4 billion in revenue, where he oversaw the annual budgeting process, the acquisition and integration of a smaller competitor, and restructuring of the accounting and finance organization. Mr. Whittman continued to advise PSAV through its S-1 filing in September 2015. Prior to this role, Mr. Whittman advised a $450 million revenue consumer products company on the restructuring of $250 million of debt and development of an operational restructuring plan including customer and product line rationalization and disposal of excess inventory.  

In 2012, Mr. Whittman completed the successful reorganization of Tribune Company, one of the nation's largest media companies, where he led a team handling all aspects of the restructuring process including business plan development, contract and claim negotiations, and negotiation of a plan of reorganization. Mr. Whittman prepared expert reports and testified on feasibility, intercompany claims and the best interest of creditors test in support of plan confirmation. Previously, Mr. Whittman advised Heartland Automotive Services, a 400 location Jiffy Lube franchisee, on its successful Chapter 11 reorganization, and served as a Restructuring Officer during the successful Chapter 11 reorganization of SLI, a multinational general and automotive lighting manufacturer. 

Prior notable engagements include Appleton Coated, Drug Emporium, Edison Brothers Stores, Electro Motive Diesel, Murray Energy and SkyTel Communications. Mr. Whittman has also advised senior lenders and creditors in various matters including the bankruptcies of Freedom Communications, Reader’s Digest Association, Fruit of the Loom and Thorn Apple Valley.  

Prior to joining A&M, Mr. Whittman spent seven years in restructuring at a Big Five firm. Mr. Whittman earned bachelor's degrees in finance and accountancy from the University of Illinois. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Insolvency and Restructuring Advisor.

NOTE: Alvarez & Marsal employs CPAs but is not a licensed CPA firm.