Recently at A&M, he was appointed CEO of a €100 million revenue France-based leader in door manufacturing, fully owned by a U.S.-listed corporation. In this capacity, Mr. Rivière designed and conducted a drastic turnaround plan that resulted in gross margin improvements, industrial footprint consolidation leveraging on the closure of a French site and headquarters’ costs reductions. He successfully managed the carve-out and sale of the business within six months, while improving its liquidity through the implementation of a factoring line.
Prior to rejoining A&M, Mr. Rivière served as CEO of RLD, the third player in France in the field of linen, garment and washroom rental, with 2,200 employees spread across 30 industrial sites. Under his leadership, the company rationalized its footprint through the closure of two sites, reduced its client churn, improved its delivery lead times through centralized inventories and reduced SG&A costs (administrative staff cut by 20%).
Mr. Rivière was also Operations Director with Sagard, a leading Paris-based private equity investor. At Sagard, he assisted portfolio companies’ management teams, increasing operational efficiency and delivering value creation projects.
Earlier, he was Senior Director with A&M in Paris where he led various turnaround assignments in industrial groups, including: restructuring the operations of a Point of Purchase displays manufacturer, in a complex social context, assisting family investors and management team (as deputy CFO) of a stressed automotive supplier in reducing the “order to cash” cycle and re-engineering the financial department and reporting systems of the second largest French furniture retailer, as interim CFO, following a change of ownership.
Mr. Rivière was appointed CFO of retail group Photo Europe (€300 million revenues) that had been acquired in LBO by Cinven. He successfully conducted the operational and financial restructuring before the sale of the group.
He served as CFO and CEO of distressed French shipyard Dufour (€100 million revenues) a company owned by financial investors, that produced sailboats. He orchestrated the turnaround of the business and implemented a new yachts production process inspired from the automotive industry.
Before 2000, he held various CFO and Financial Control positions with large French industrial groups, Yoplait, L’Oréal and Lafarge. He began his career as a management consultant at Arthur Andersen.
Mr. Rivière graduated from Sciences-Po Paris, earned a master’s degree in commercial law and an MBA from HEC-ISA. He speaks French (native), fluent English and German.