Recently, Mr. Briggs managed the Global Loan Portfolio of Lehman Brothers, where he was responsible for the wind down of the $46 billion commercial and industrial (C&I) loan portfolio during the initial phases of Lehman’s U.S. Chapter 11 proceedings. Mr. Briggs is also currently serving as Executive Chairman of the Vitopel Group, the leading South American producer of BOPP food packaging films, having supported the acquisition of Vitopel by a European private equity firm and serving as the company’s CEO through a turnaround.
Prior to assuming his current leadership role with FIAS, Mr. Briggs served in a number of other senior executive and advisory roles for A&M clients, including: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of European Directories S.A., a pan-European yellow pages and online marketing company based in the U.K., Senior Adviser to global packaging manufacturer Chesapeake Corp.; CEO of HP Pelzer, a German tier-one automotive components manufacturer with global operations; CRO for multinational textile maker Galey & Lord; Senior Adviser to Mexican denim producer Parras; Chief Restructuring Adviser to Tropical Sportswear Int'l Corp.; COO of healthcare finance company National Century Financial Enterprises, Inc.; CRO for Consumer Financial Services to retailer The Spiegel Group (Eddie Bauer); Senior Adviser to law firm Jenkens & Gilchrist PC; CRA to auditor Thomas Havey LLP; and co-Chief Restructuring Adviser to Arthur Andersen LLP.
Mr. Briggs served as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Treofan Group, a German global packaging materials company, having previously served as CEO. The Turnaround Management Association has recognized A&M's work for Treofan, selecting the case as International Turnaround of the Year 2007.
Before A&M, Mr. Briggs served as a Senior Credit Officer for the Citigroup U.S. Leveraged Finance Portfolio. During his 16 years with Citigroup, he managed the asset-based finance business in New York, focusing on LBO, DIP and reorganization financing; led the Citigroup Venture Capital, corporate finance and investment management businesses in Central and Eastern Europe; and served as Corporate Bank Head for the Czech Republic. In these capacities, he served on boards or oversaw Citibank’s investments in the Polish Development Bank, the Hungarian Capital Fund LP, the Romanian Investment Company plc, Citibank a.s., Citicorp Investicni Spolecnost a.s. and other corporate boards.
Mr. Briggs earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Middlebury College and a master's degree in business administration from New York University, Stern School of Business. He is a U.S. national.