David Mitchell

David is a European focused FD, specialising in start-ups, turnarounds & project management with broad international financial management and strategic planning experience at main board level. He is an experienced corporate professional with a multi-disciplined background covering accounting, finance & general management. He is fluent in French and business fluent in German and Spanish.

Professional Experience

David has worked in a number of turnarounds, restructurings and reorganisations of underperforming distressed and near insolvent companies across Europe. He has hands-on experience of the difficult steps required to right size businesses without sacrificing top line effectiveness. He has a proven track record of preserving enterprise value and managing stakeholder expectations.

David began his career with KPMG in the UK and France before embarking on a financial career as CFO and Finance Director in a number of European private and public companies. Since 1992 he has worked as a professional interim turnaround and change manager operating at CFO and Board level, tightening financial controls, improving cash flow and liquidity and reducing costs whilst maintaining product competitiveness, renegotiating bank credit lines and repositioning businesses in strategic realignment.

He has worked in the UK, France, Germany and Spain for UK and US companies in turnaround or in re-organisation and is sensitive to the language and cultural issues involved in the successful implementation of change management across the European Union.

Education, Certification and Languages

  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Fluent French, Business German and Spanish
  • Fellow; Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • Fellow; European Association of Certified Turnaround Professionals

Professional Associations

  • Past Finance Director of EACTP
  • Member; Turnaround Management Association, UK

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