Mr. Jacobs specializes in the leadership and management of strategic, transformational and mission-critical initiatives for private equity investors and their portfolio companies. With more than 20 years of operations, technology and consulting experience, he has worked across numerous industries, including retail, wholesale, technology and business services. He brings deep experience in interim management, leading complex programs, planning and execution for mergers, acquisitions and divestitures and EBITDA improvement.
Recently, Mr. Jacobs was the interim COO for a $400 million global wholesale and retail apparel business specializing in apparel and footwear. Some of his key accomplishments during this interim engagement include leading an overall operational turnaround that resulted in moving from a negative EBITDA business to a 12 percent EBITDA within 15 months, leading a global carve-out across 20+ countries from a multibillion dollar parent company and executing on a set of cost reduction initiatives totaling $27 million without impacting sales or service.
Pre-acquisition, Mr. Jacobs led a product management, reporting and technology operations integration planning (Day 1 and 100 Day) of two technology services companies (total revenue of $1.2 billion). He also led a pre-acquisition synergy analysis as well as Day 1 and 100 Day implementation planning for four construction data companies that were merging. After the deal closed, he led the overall integration of back-office processes, technologies while driving the planned synergies, which resulted in increased operational efficiencies and nearly $20 million in synergies.
Mr. Jacobs was the interim Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for a retail insurance agency and focused on the stabilization and improvement of a new B2B multi-channel portal. He also led a comprehensive Product Development and Omni-Channel Assessment of the largest U.S. outdoor retailer which yielded over 30 actionable recommendations across both IT and the business to maximize the current investment, enabled future business capabilities and provided cost optimization.
Mr. Jacobs earned a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. He sits on the Presidents Council for the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and participates in its Digital Strategy group.