He has undertaken assignments in France, the U.K., Italy, Spain and the U.S. and has served clients across a wide range of industries, including the industry, automotive and retail.
Recently at A&M, Mr. Laugier worked on the financial restructuring of Groupe Hersant Medias (French media group with sales of €350 million in 2012). He analyzed different scenarios for the lenders: a progressive disposal of the assets by business units with a reduction of headquarter costs or a full disposal of the Group. The financial debt of €215 million was supported by 18 banks and was reimbursed for €51 million at the end of the project.
Mr. Laugier was project manager on the carve-out of the specialty aluminas activities of Rio Tinto acquired by HIG. This business consists of four industrial facilities in Europe with worldwide sales of €350 million. There, he prepared and managed the carve-out of the business from Rio Tinto during an eight-month period on all business areas.
Earlier, he was an Interim CFO of a European aluminum packaging maker with net sales of $150 million and four industrial locations in France, the Netherlands, Hungary and Switzerland backed by a North American private equity firm. He reinforced and rebuilt the finance function and provided permanent reporting tools to management and shareholders. Mr. Laugier also participated in the acquisition of assets in a low-cost country (Hungary), and then the European industrial footprint reorganization. As interim CFO, he assisted in the disposal of the European business to a global leading packaging firm for $110 million.
Previously, Mr. Laugier was operations manager of a French retailer with 600 stores, where he participated in a turnaround plan and was responsible for its implementation for the 30-owned stores. This included an action plan on sales efficiency via promotions, reorganizing the supply chain, reducing fixed costs and closing non profitable stores.
Mr. Laugier also served as financial controller at BUT (revenues of €950 million) backed by Goldman Sachs and Colony Capital. He created a monthly financial reporting package for the Board and the CEO, reorganized the finance function, refining a four-year business plan and setting up a new reporting system. He also implemented a cash-flow reporting structure with weekly and monthly forecasts. Additionally, his work covered the working capital improvement and short-term cash generation through net working capital reduction actions.
Before A&M, Mr. Laugier was a manager in the restructuring group of KPMG.
Mr. Laugier earned a master’s degree in finance and business administration from ESCP Europe. A French national, he is fluent in French and English, and is conversational in Spanish.