Mr. Higginson’s areas of focus include leading and executing value creation programmes.
Before joining A&M, Mr. Higginson was a Principal at Doughty Hanson Private Equity. As an Operating Partner, he worked with management across Doughty Hanson's global private equity portfolio (15 companies) - to cut costs, improve cash, and grow businesses profitably:
Led the Operating Partner team (from due diligence to exit) for Grupo Quirón, a Spanish healthcare buy and build transaction. Identified and delivered €30m in synergies (top line and cost). Worked with management, deal team and advisors to quantify the pre-deal potential synergies, and then to develop the post-deal value creation plan, as well as support and monitor execution.
Realised over €75m in savings for LM Windpower, a global wind blade manufacturer - through a multi-year cost out programme, while building the organisation.
Worked with the senior management at Avanza, a Spanish bus operator, to identify the key value drivers in the business and execute a programme of projects to realise the benefits. Created a buy and build value creation platform by developing a series of contracts to realize savings quickly from follow on acquisitions. Saved €13m of capital expenditure and €8m of operating expense. Worked with management to develop, specify and recruit a new organisation.
Led a profit improvement review of Asco - a global leader in oilfield support services - including a turnaround of Enviroco, a UK environmental waste business, through pricing improvement projects, cost reduction and operational improvements.
Coached senior management at Eurofiber – the Dutch fiberoptic infrastructure company – to save 10% on their installation costs by restructuring their supply base. Supported the integration of two add-on acquisitions.
Worked with deal team and management to develop the synergy estimates for the merger of TMF and Equity Trust, two global financial services companies. Supported the post-deal integration and monitoring process. Led the realization of €10m savings.
Prior to joining Doughty Hanson, Mr. Higginson was an operations consultant and interim manager with A.T. Kearney, Integral, and Efficio.
Mr. Higginson earned a master’s degree in business administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, in economics from Bowdoin College, USA.