SOURCE: AlixPartners

January 09, 2008 11:52 ET

AlixPartners Promotes 11 to Managing Director Continuing the Firm's Growth Globally

SOUTHFIELD, MI--(Marketwire - January 9, 2008) - AlixPartners, the global restructuring, consulting, and financial advisory firm, announced the promotion of eleven to managing director effective January 1, 2008: Matthew Cohen, Nathan Cook, Donald Featherstone, Jan Kantowsky, Tom Morrow, Tom Osmun, Joachim Palmé, Antonio Perez Sales, Axel Schulte, Michael Sinoway, and Michael Weyrich.

"We are pleased to recognize the superior client service and leadership capabilities of our new managing directors," said Michael Grindfors, AlixPartners' chief executive officer. "The promotion of these respected, highly-talented professionals is in response to the growing demand globally for our collaborative approach with clients with urgent, high-impact challenges."

Thirty-eight individuals were also promoted to director (all are listed alphabetically by city below).


Tony Perez Sales joined AlixPartners in 2006. In his most recent projects, he has held positions as interim CIO for two large corporations. Prior to joining AlixPartners, he was a vice president at EDS where he held executive and line management responsibilities over several geographic markets and large global accounts. He holds an MBA from ESADE Barcelona.

Michael Sinoway joined AlixPartners in 2005 from Deloitte Consulting where he was a partner. He brings broad experience in business strategy, supply chain operations, information systems, and sales and marketing. Prior to Deloitte, he held positions in R&D at Honeywell Aerospace and strategic planning for Walt Disney. He received an MBA from Arizona State University.

Also promoted to director in Dallas were: Afshin Azhari, Tom Hofner, Kurt Kauth and Robert Manz.


Axel Schulte joined the firm in 2005 and focuses on turnarounds and restructurings. Prior to joining AlixPartners, he was a senior project manager at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, and before that he was the founder and managing director of an IT company. He began his career as an audit manager with an international accountancy firm. He received his doctorate in macroeconomics from the University of Munster.

Also promoted to director in Düsseldorf was Jens Koeppen.


Donald Featherstone has been with the firm since 2001, initially in the Chicago office and then he transferred to London in 2003. He has served as an interim CFO and chief restructuring officer of distressed companies, and is experienced in corporate turnarounds, working capital management, and complex financial transactions. He received his MBA from the University of Chicago.

Joachim Palmé joined AlixPartners in 2003 in Dallas and subsequently transferred to London where he has been instrumental in developing new business in the Nordic region. Prior to joining the firm, he worked in the Copenhagen office of Egon Zehnder International and spent seven years with The Boston Consulting Group. He holds an MBA from INSEAD and an MSc in industrial engineering and management from Chalmers University of Technology.

Michael Weyrich has been with AlixPartners since 2004. He has extensive experience in turning around and improving the performance of businesses globally, as well as serving in interim management positions. Prior to joining the firm, he served as chief strategy officer at the GSM Association and as senior executive with Accenture. He received his MBA from Northwestern University's JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management and Copenhagen Business School.

Also promoted to director in London were: Martin Carins, Mark Christiansen, Justin Cooper, Glendon Fietta, Andreas Koutsouris, and David Porter.

Los Angeles

Nathan Cook joined AlixPartners in Chicago in 2002. In 2003 he transferred to Los Angeles following the opening of a new office there where he helped grow the firm's west coast practice. Prior to joining the firm, he was a principal consultant in the Financial Advisory Services group at Price Waterhouse. He has a broad background as a financial advisor, and he focuses on financial restructuring, valuation, and litigation consulting. He holds an MBA in finance and corporate strategy from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.


Jan Kantowsky has been based in Munich since 2005, playing an important role at Märklin where he was interim CFO. Most recently, he was asked to lead the restructuring of Firstgate Holding. Prior to joining AlixPartners, he headed the global equity investment program of Bertelsmann, the leading European media company. He holds a PhD in business administration from the University of St. Gallen.

Also promoted to director in Munich were: Michael Dorn, Raymond Peters, and Jens-Ulrich Wiese.

New York

Matthew Cohen came to AlixPartners in 2006 from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meager & Flom LLP, where he was a counsel in the Complex Mass Torts and Insurance Litigation practice and co-chair of the firm's electronic discovery committee. He received a Juris Doctorate degree from Fordham University School of Law and holds a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Tom Osmun joined the firm in 1996 and rejoined in 2005. His vast AlixPartners experience includes leadership roles at Calpine Corporation and Bally Total Fitness. Prior to rejoining AlixPartners, he was a managing director at Conway DelGenio Gries & Co. He received his MBA in finance from Duke University.

Also promoted to director in New York were: Scott Beattie, Hans Lehmann, Arpita Majumder, and Brenda Miller.

Southfield, Michigan

Tom Morrow joined the firm in 1994 and has worked in a wide variety of successful engagements with AlixPartners, including Kmart and Dana. His background includes experience in franchisee restructurings, commercial lending, and in general management consulting experience. He received his MBA in finance from the University of Chicago.

Also promoted to director in Southfield, Michigan were: Scott Hamilton, Brett Meyer, Tatiana Niro, and Mark Wakefield.

Other director promotions in Chicago, Paris, and San Francisco

Promoted to director in Chicago were: Francesco Barosi, Chris Blacker, Susan Budd, Darin Facer, Benjamin Gaw, Tarig Kozouz, Kevin Montague, Robert Montgomery, Mark Rule, and Terry Singla.

Promoted to director in Paris were: Thierry Duvette, Florent Maisonneuve, and Francois Neveux.

Promoted to director in San Francisco were: Nicholas Archibald, Brent Carlson, and Kevin Chiu.

About AlixPartners

AlixPartners is a global restructuring, consulting, and financial advisory firm that helps its large and middle-market corporate clients achieve improved outcomes when it really matters. The AlixPartners' "one-stop-shop" suite of services range from operational performance improvement and financial restructuring across all major corporate disciplines (manufacturing, supply chain, IT, and sales and marketing), to financial advisory services (financial reporting, corporate governance and investigations, and litigation consulting), to technology-enabled claims management. Headquartered in Michigan, the firm has more than 700 employees in Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Düsseldorf, London, Los Angeles, Milan, Munich, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Tokyo. It is on the Web at

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