Sven Merkel

Sven Merkel

Interim management focus

  • Restructuring and turnaround
  • Development and coaching of finance departments and structures
  • Internationalization

Sven Merkel is a partner at Executive Interim Partners.

He was CFO for several years at the leading international textile retail company Oodji , which has about 3,000 employees at 400 own retail locations such as about various Wholesale partners in Russia and Eastern Europe women’s and men’s clothing distributes . Mr. Merkel successfully led the realignment and implementation of processes and structures at the headquarters in Luxembourg and the holding functions (financial control, strategy and planning).

Previously , Mr. Merkel was Managing Director finance one Textile wholesale company in Switzerland. Before that he was three years managing director finance one sports shoe manufacturer . Because of one detailed financial planning secured he in both positions the rapid financing for expansion in Europe and production in Asia.

Before that, Mr. Merkel accompanied the development of the mobile phone provider Orange in Switzerland for six years and built up the finance and controlling area. He was responsible for development of a detailed financial plan significantly contributed to create and execute the rapid expansion within three years from one to 1,300 employees.

In addition to its operational task, Mr. Merkel holds supervisory board mandates with main emphasis finance in different companies in Europe.
Mr. Merkel graduated his Master Degree in Business and Administration at the University of Frankfurt in Germany.

Selected interim and line manager references

  • Interim CFO for an international technological company (1,500 employees) and management of the restructuring of the company, resulting in significant cost savings and profit improvements. Introduction of new structure and process organization in the Finance and Accounting / Controlling. Successful fund rasing, implementation of capital increase and refinancing of the company.
  • Interim CEO for a Retailer and wholesaler in the clothing industry (85 employees , turnover EUR 60 million). Conversion of the management team, reorganization of the process organization as well as implementation one new pricing strategy the too Increase in sales and profits led .
  • Interim Chief Program Officer and Head of Finance, Accounting and Controlling international machine builder (approx. 750 employees) for a private equity company. Successful restructuring and implementation of measures to increase liquidity. Cost reduction and revenue growth. Refinancing with bank pool.
  • Interim Chief Restructuring Officer and Managing Director a digital video platform (75 employees , turnover EUR 23 million) in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Romania. Carve out of the Romanian company, development and immediate implementation of restructuring measures .
  • Group Chief Financial Officer in Luxembourg Holding (3,500 employees, turnover : EUR 500 million). Restructuring of the financial structure in Europe, establishment and operational management of companies ( LUX,CH ,PL,CZ,HU,SL). Roll out of Navision in all branches. Responsible for implementation. Implementation of significant restructuring and cost saving measures with more substantial opex reduction .
  • Interim CFO of a start-up in the sports shoe industry (25 employees, turnover : EUR 20 million) Working capital reduction by renegotiation of payment terms and stringent execution (accounts payable and accounts receivable management). Introduction from “Activity Based Costing”.
  • Interim Head of capex and project controlling for the leading Swiss mobile communications provider (2,500 employees, turnover : EUR 5,000 million). Restructuring of the reporting function in the areas of CFO and CTO and elimination of double functions. Structural and process organization improvement with subsequent introduction of new evaluation and approval processes for a more efficient antenna expansion.
  • Head of Controlling at third Mobile communications provider (1,700 employees, turnover : EUR 650 million) in Switzerland. Set-up of the whole financial department within 6 months. Head of the 9 month restructuring program (post-merger). Implementation all restructuring measures and optimization of standard processes by group with benchmark analysis. SAP introduction .

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