Private Equity | Performance Improvement | Peter Buchanan
Peter Buchanan
Senior Director
Private Equity | Performance Improvement | Peter Buchanan
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30+ years of experience across multiple sectors
Manages turnarounds, business integrations, and restructuring / improvement projects across Europe and globally
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Peter Buchanan is a Senior Director managing turnarounds, business integrations, and restructuring / improvement projects across Europe and globally. With more than 30 years of experience across multiple sectors, he achieves results both in line management and in advisory roles. His primary focus is operational, but his experience makes him equally capable of commercial or organisationally-driven turnarounds.

Mr. Buchanan served as interim Executive Director of a failing division of a major U.K. business services PLC. In this role, he identified profitable contracts and business lines, separating these for retention in other divisions, exited non-profitable contracts and then closed the division as well as the associated overhead structure.

Conducting an interim management assignment in Germany for a private equity owner, Mr. Buchanan delivered over €60 million of value by turning around a loss-making €130 million automotive components business to make €9 million of EBITDA prior to sale. He was subsequently recalled by the PE owners to advise on a $100 million cost-reduction programme in the electronic components business of the same company, focused on plants in China and Malaysia.

Mr. Buchanan served as interim CEO of a U.K.-based consumer products business that had been taken over by its lenders; in this role, he defined and successfully led a series of short-term profit improvement initiatives and a longer-term marketing turnaround and sales force restructuring plan.

As an advisor, Mr. Buchanan recently led a complex programme of cost reduction, product range re-definition and business process simplification for a $50 million global industrial pumps business based in France and the U.S., identifying hard savings of $10 million and growth and potential profitability improvement worth a further $18 million over three years.

Mr. Buchanan led organisational redesign projects for a major U.K. outsourcing PLC and for a privately-held UK Food group, identifying substantial savings opportunities as well as potential improvements in business functionality.

Prior to joining A&M, Mr. Buchanan spent several years with AlixPartners after a career in the industry. Mr. Buchanan started his career with Procter & Gamble in their Laundry and Cleaning Products and Pharmaceuticals divisions.

Mr. Buchanan earned a master’s degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University. He is fluent in English, French and German, as well as conversational in Swedish and Italian.