Mr. Gilbert has over 20 years of experience in turnaround, restructuring and interim management. He has advised on restructurings across a wide range of industries and jurisdictions.
Mr. Gilbert recently advised on the restructuring of Essar Steel India, a large steel plant undergoing restructuring under the new Indian Corporate Resolution Process. Prior to this, Mr. Gilbert advised Edcon Limited, South Africa’s largest non-food retailer with over 1,500 stores across eight countries. Working as deputy Chief Restructuring Officer (CRO), Mr. Gilbert served as a non-executive director on Edcon’s holding company board and, in addition to cash monitoring and business planning, was responsible for managing numerous stakeholders including banks, bondholders and government agencies during the complex financial restructuring of its €1.6 billion in debt.
Mr. Gilbert previously advised on the restructuring of Danube Foods Group, a large Central Europe FMCG group comprising market leading brands in dairy products, mineral water and confectionery. He has also advised a South African construction materials manufacturing business, the French plants of Teksid Aluminium (a global tier-one auto components supplier) and Nybron (Europe's leading wood flooring manufacturer) on their restructurings.
For CHC Helicopter Australia, Mr. Gilbert served as Operations Director driving EBITDA improvements and restructuring initiatives. He also stepped in to lead and stabilise the Africa team of a multinational publishing company during investigation of improper payments, and drove post-acquisition financial and operational improvements for a private equity-owned U.S./Central European oil and gas business.
Mr. Gilbert also previously served as Group CFO and effectively as deputy CEO/COO of Red Bee Media, a private equity-backed broadcast media and outsourcing business with operations in Europe, Asia and Australia. In this role, he restructured the finance function and was heavily involved in EBITDA improvement initiatives, including contract profitability, cost reduction and improved sales focus.
Mr. Gilbert is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant in England and Wales, and is licensed to serve as an office holder under U.K. insolvency law. He earned a bachelor’s degree in operational research and management, with honours, from the University of Hull. Mr. Gilbert is a U.K. national.